Even if all companies would like to be able to use all the resources they have to their fullest extent and to completely eliminate all losses & waste, often their actions are not part of a real culture of improvement.
Recently, I visited a few companies that highlighted equipment issues (especially breakdown and minor stoppages) and, by default, maintenance issues. Managers knew that these problems lead to increased unit costs (spare parts; utilities; scrap & rework; lower production volume with the same fixed costs, etc.) and lower productivity (MTTR and MTBF deficient; standard cycle time with large variations; large number of breakdowns and minor stoppages, etc.). However, even if the unanimous perception was that in those companies there is a consistent culture of improvements, maintenance standardization (cleaning, lubrication and inspection; planning for changing spare parts and consumables; intervention times, etc.) did not prove to be a priority.
So, do you think that standardization of maintenance (times and materials) should be a priority for companies in the next period, especially in the light of decreasing production volumes and profit?
Source: Alin Posteucă on LinkedIn