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 the founder and CEO of Exegens®, a global consulting firm specialized in cost competitiveness improvement and operational excellence. It helps customers create and implement profitable strategies and cost improvement programs that ensure a unit cost improvement of at least 6% per year for each of the next 5 years by maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

He is the author of Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) concept, published in three books at Productivity Press – Routledge/ CRC, New York (USA). The latest, ”Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) Profitability Scenarios: Systematic and Systemic Improvement of Manufacturing Costs” (October 2018) is based on its main belief that the annual and multiannual target profit can be achieved irrespective of the sales volumes, increasing or decreasing. He is also the co-author of the book ”Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Methods Design Concept (MDC): The Path to Competitiveness”, published at Productivity Press New York (USA), 2017, as well as the author of the book ”Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) Transformation: Uncovering Hidden Reserves of Profitability”, published at Productivity Press din New York (USA), February 2018.

Alin Posteucă has more than 20 years of experience in Cost Improvement consulting and training. He has a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and a PhD degree in Economics.