Posted under Blog by Kristin Smith, Content Marketing Specialist
We’ve all heard the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For years, maintenance organizations have lived by this rule, waiting until the moment an asset breaks before fixing the problem. Traditionally, this is where maintenance began and ended. Differing schools of thought have since emerged about preventing and predicting failures as a new approach to maintenance. These approaches, however, require a change in maintenance practices.
If you read our Scheduling is more than Changing Dates blog, you know that we at VIZIYA view Maintenance as more than just fixing assets. To us, maintenance needs to be viewed as a holistic process. Organizations need to take a step away from just fixing a broken asset and ask themselves about what other asset factors they may be missing.
Take the following scenario as an example:
A sensor on a critical asset warns of a possible impending issue. Your systems notify your team and a work order is created to complete an inspection. Upon inspection, the technician notes there is an issue to be fixed and the work order is upgraded to a repair work order. The repair is completed and everyone continues on with their work.
This is a typical scenario maintenance teams may come across. A problem is imminent so the part is repaired to prevent a costly breakdown. While this situation does prevent unplanned downtime and in turn controls maintenance costs, it fails to take several other critical areas of maintenance into account. When a problem occurs with an asset, or when an asset fails, maintenance teams should not only be asking themselves how to fix it, but they should also be considering areas such as warranty, budget, inventory, schedule, and so on. They should be asking themselves questions like:
When maintenance organizations take a moment to step back from the immediate problem at hand and look at the work from a broader perspective, it becomes clear that in order to make your maintenance practices seamless, they need to extend well beyond just fixing the asset.
Let’s review another example:
A sensor on a critical asset warns of a possible impending issue. Your systems notify your team and a work order is created to complete an inspection. Upon inspection, the technician notes there is an issue to be fixed and the work order is upgraded to a repair work order.
The Planner/ Scheduler is notified of the Break-in Work Order. They review their existing schedule to see what work needs to be rescheduled in order to accommodate this new issue.
Once work is complete, the final costs are tracked in the budget and management can adjust
plans to ensure budget compliance. Failure information such as actions taken, reasons for failure etc. along with Work Order information such as costs, types, work efficiency etc. are captured for analysis. The Warranty claim is solidified with actual costs incurred, recovered, etc. and is finalized and available in analytics. If the warranty claim is honoured, it is reflected in budgeting reimbursements; supply chain can use the information to negotiate based on price or coverage and to improve and build stronger relations. If the warranty claim is denied the reasons for denial is passed back to the Reliability and Maintenance groups to initiate a CI process.
In this scenario, your maintenance processes have gone well beyond just fixing the asset to include other critical asset areas. Asset warranty, maintenance budget, team notifications, PM compliance, technician mobility, and maintenance analytics should be taken into consideration every time an asset issue arises.
When you extend your maintenance process to include these critical areas, your organization can:
When maintenance organizations are solely concerned with fixing a broken asset, they miss the opportunity to extract potentially exponential value from their maintenance strategy.
For further details on how to take your maintenance organization beyond just fixing assets, Request a Demo of the VIZIYA WorkAlign® Product Suite.