Maintenance_effectivenessMaintenance effectiveness is the companion to Maintenance Efficiency.  As well as completing tasks efficiently, it is important to ensure that equipment maintenance is methodically performed.  This will help to avoid the consequences of equipment failure and ensure that systems operate reliably and safely. Reliability centered maintenance is one of the many methods for achieving maintenance effectiveness.  RCM and other processes are necessary to support Reliability Engineers and maintenance personnel in achieving operational objectives and production targets. Consulting to achieve this has been central to Tech Solutions Australia services, over the last 25 years.

Many factors contribute to maintenance effectiveness and maintenance managers are required to make informed decisions that take into consideration issues such as; quality of procedures, training and skills of personnel, history and technical data, along with the quality and availability of spares.  Improving maintenance effectiveness can be a challenge when considering all the factors involved.

Historically, servicing and lubrication routines were enough to keep equipment working, and spares were easily obtained and changed out.  As machines have become more complex, and our dependence on reliable output increased, companies took on preventative maintenance regimes to ensure production-critical (and safety-critical) equipment remained operational. Over time, the planning and execution of mainentance has become more complicated and more essential to the viability of a company.

Currently, production managers experience increased pressures to maintain relaible production output, with predicatable down-time, product quality, operating costs, and personnel requirements. All these demands increase the need to ensure a high level of maintenance effectiveness. Tech Solutions Australia recognises the impact of these competing demands, and we will work with you to achieve a balance between these factors.

An expert in maintenence effictiveness can work with your operations to analyse the weak areas in maintenance that may be a risk to production reliability. For example, the supply chain for spares may be saving cents on parts but costing dollars in wasted maintainer time.  A systems approach, combined with analysis of failures will reveal the consequences of inneffective maintenance processes on the company’s operational, environmental and safety objectives.

Tech Solutions Australia can analyse maintenance effectiveness in order to:
  • Identify the weak areas and time wasters in maintenance processes
  • Recommend techniques for increasing equipment situation awareness, such as condition monitoring and problem logging to avoid unexpected failures;
  • Improve systems to enhance equipment reliability and maintainability;
  • Maintenance organisational development that facilitates resilience, reporting, feedback and team-work among maintenance personnel.

Maintenance effectiveness has become integral to a company operations. Strategic planning to schedule servicing and overhaul equipment, scheduled restorations, redesign, examining failure consequenses, planned obsolescence, are all examples of maintenance decisions that can improve performance and reduce costs. Companies that understand this and work with their operational staff become measurably more efficient.

Tech Solutions Australia has the tools to review maintenance practices, and work with your maintenance people to identify powerful and positive solutions.