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ON THE FLOOR An outlet for the views of today's maintenance & reliability professionals Maintenance-Scheduling Triggers: Part 1 Jane Alexander Managing Editor W hen it rains, it pours. At least that's what happened with April's Reader Panel questions. They triggered an outpouring of responses-including several extremely detailed ones. In fact, we received so many thoughtful replies that, to fit them in, we'll need to run them over two months. The questions we asked were: 1. What triggers our panelists' maintenance scheduling, or if they are consultants or industry suppliers, that of their client(s) or customer(s)? Sensors? OEM recommendations? Daily walks/ PdM tool data? Word of mouth? A combination? 2. Which approaches work best for them, and why, and vice versa? 3. Would panelists (or their clients or customers) want to change their current maintenancescheduling process(es), and could they? If so, what would they do? As always, we've edited this first wave of responses for brevity and clarity. "To me, a combination of maintenance-scheduling triggers is best, but that requires a very dedicated planner who really understands how the world works." Maintenance Supervisor, Process Industries, Canada... We use a combination of approaches. We have maintenance [personnel] and operators that use handheld devices with routes for regular inspections. Data is uploaded and emails are automatically sent out. Benchmark work orders in our CMMS are set to generate area-shut/routine work. We also have completed most of the areas on RCM. 8| MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY There's still work to do to get PM work orders in the system, but that's a continuous work in progress. The handhelds are great if the operators/ maintenance guys give us the correct information. The downside is the handhelds typically add to the huge list of emails that not everyone can read and some things fall through the cracks, i.e., minimum manning/new planners, and supervisors' inexperience. [Other things that work well include] identifying critical assets, looking at types of failures most likely to happen, determining inspection frequency, and then "training the guys out in the field on what to look for." Training on the sense and meaning of what can go wrong and what that looks like is critical for getting good data to act on. Currently, work orders that are being generated are "go look at stuff "-they don't identify or convey what should be getting done. A review of basic PMs needs to be done, as should a site/area audit to look at what is actually being inspected. [I would recommend] providing some instruction for the operators and maintenance staff on the sense and meaning behind the PM program and ensuring there is feedback with follow-up discussions when reports coming in. Maintenance Leader, Discrete Manufacturing, Midwest... Our main scheduling is actually handled by our PM coordinators-who do an outstanding job handling several hundred machines per plant. Each one of our plants has a PM coordinator. If I had to choose a main trigger, it would be sensors. Our Maximo system also sets off triggers if we find an abnormality on a machine. Scheduling is generally [based on] an annual, semi-annual, or quarterly check on the machines. In our departments, we have multiple sets of machines, so we're really doing one PM after another from cell to cell. I really can't say that our system has one approach that works better than the other. The biggest obstacles we run into are machines not being released from production to do the work. The only thing that will correct that problem in APRIL 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology April 2016

My Take
On The Floor
Culture Changed At This Indiana Refinery
She Ignores The Glass Ceiling
Loadability Studies Aid PRC-025-1 Compliance
Look System-Wide For Cost Savings
Reliable Pumping Supplement
Fund Lubrication Program With Energy Savings
Emergency-Stop Choices
Cyber Security
Backup Generators
Infrared Safety Tips
Internet Of Things
ISO 55000
Motor-Testing Tools Expand Services
Ad Index
Final Thought

Maintenance Technology April 2016