No matter the business type – assembly, manufacturing, process or service provider – many organizations are beginning to accept the realization that the “status quo” will no longer ensure profitability, equipment or asset reliability, sustainability or maintainability. It will also no longer support the Return on Investment (ROI) projected for past projects.
To move from the status quo and toward improvement, organizations are pursuing Maintenance Best Practice standards, processes and procedures. For many organizations, this is a new, uncharted area into which they are just beginning their “journey,” and this journey could be either at the organizational level or at the functional level (i.e., work management, materials management, purchasing or fleet management).
How do we begin? Where do we start? The pursuit of Maintenance Best Practices must begin with four (4) basic requirements:
- A clear Vision and Mission statement
- Proactive, not reactive, attitudes
- Complete understanding and participation in the initiative
- Top management support
Once these basic requirements are in place, a strategy must be developed on how Maintenance Best Practices will be achieved. This strategy should describe activities such as support of business goals, budgetary constraints, bench marking audit processes and/or resource requirements/constraints, along with a realistic timeline and action plan. Once the strategy is in place and published to all employees within the organization, the journey towards the Pursuit of Maintenance Best Practices has begun.
Mike Willard, Strategic Consultant