Maintenance Standardization

By Dr. Alin Posteucă

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?

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Dr. Alin Posteucă is a consultant in productivity and profitability, CEO of Exegens® and the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Speed-Based Target Profit (SBTP) concepts. His major research areas include manufacturing policy deployment, manufacturing cost improvement and visible profitability of operational excellence by improving productivity. His recent research includes the impact of Industry 4.0 on planning and developing synchronous profitable operations and on information systems of cost and budget in order to substantially improve the operational unit costs.

He has been actively involved in various industrial consulting and training projects for more than 20 years, delivering training/ workshop programs in Productivity, Innovation, Business Transformation and Leadership for over 5,000 participants.

He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Managerial Accounting. He has an MBA Degree and a BA Degree in Accounting and Computer Science and he is certified Public Accountant in Romania. He has published in various research journals and presented papers at numerous conferences and congresses regarding Productivity, Profitability and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Alin Posteucă is the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Speed-Based Target Profit (SBTP) concepts, published in four books at Productivity Press – Routledge/ CRC, New York (USA).