Maintenance Improvement Connected to Organizational Learning
Many industries appreciate the need for efficient maintenance management systems to be effectively integrated within corporate strategies in their quest for world-class manufacturing. New production management techniques, such as JIT and flexible and agile manufacturing, demand quick response times and high equipment availability.
As new methods and technologies for maintenance planning and execution evolve, there is an important need for the development of a broader framework to ensure that these methods become integrated into an organization’s daily operations. This must be done to avoid “islands of automation” that will not provide any meaningful feedback on the improvement of integrated organizational performance. New methods for reliability prediction and maintenance diagnoses coupled with the use of maintenance automation technology offer significant potential in order to help meet the global demands of competitive pricing, quality, and on-time deliveries.
What is maintenance?
Maintenance can be defined as a combination of all technical and associated administrative actions intended to retain equipment in, or restore it to, a state in which it can perform its required function. Industrial maintenance is interpreted in the context of industrial systems (such as production facilities, buildings, equipment, and so on).
World Class Maintenance Management refers to maintenance planning as “the final frontier” for manufacturing or proactive maintenance / production-based facilities. In the move to world class manufacturing (WCM), many firms are realizing there is a critical need for effective maintenance of critical assets and systems.
With the trend towards just-in-time (JIT) production and flexible, agile manufacturing, it is vital that maintenance management is integrated with corporate strategy to ensure asset availability, quality products, on-time deliveries and competitive pricing. The change necessary to perform modern manufacturing requires a re-examination of the role played by improved maintenance management in achieving key cost and service advantages and maintenance improvement’s possible contribution to the “learning organization.”
Audit your maintenance organization
To improve your maintenance organization, assessments before, during and after implementation of organizational alignments, processes and supporting software is strongly recommended.
It is a fact that most implementations are mainly focused on technical aspects alone. There is a lack of focus on cultural and political aspects within the maintenance and operational organization.
OXplus developed a methodology to measure the As-Is (IST) situation based on these three main aspects (technical, cultural and political). Based on the results of the As-Is assessment, we can provide our customers real and valuable advice on how clients can improve their organization and bridge the gap with a realistic approach.
The method used by OXplus is based on 11 aspects in relation to the asset management maturity model. This instrument has proven its success at several leading organizations in various industrial areas (rolling stock, transportation and food/life science).