12 Tips to Sustain Improvement in Lean Equipment Maintenance Programs

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Total productive maintenance (TPM). Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). The guidelines are not new. But for companies that truly want to maximize their equipment uptime, productivity and quality, a … [Read more...]

What’s Your Maintenance Strategy?

Maintenance strategy doesn’t enter our non-technical brains unless it directly affects our productivity and well-being. You change the oil in your car’s engine (that’s preventive maintenance) to keep it running so the engine doesn’t seize and you’re … [Read more...]

How to Support a Proactive Culture in Your Facilities Maintenance Department

Facilities maintenance (FM) is often treated as a weak sister by healthcare facility management and doesn’t always get the respect or funding it deserves. Is your FM department properly configured to deliver its full value to your facility’s … [Read more...]

Helping our kids write well: West Hartford Rotary’s Writing Project

by Tony Rodriguez, President, Daniel Penn Associates Inc. Magazine recently cited a study from CollegeBoard that finds blue chip businesses spend as much as $3.1 billion on remedial writing training every year. Of this budget, $2.9 billion is … [Read more...]

How to Balance Your Preventive Maintenance Workload

Are you tired of that month, quarter or year-end crunch to get your preventive maintenance (PM) work done? Minimize the chance of this happening again with the steps below. Before you begin, some fundamentals: Be comfortable with linking … [Read more...]

Accountability Is A System

Accountability is no more a one-man job than is quality. If accountability lies only with the individual, it will rise and fall with changes in personnel and positions. Accountability starts with a broad based effort to set and measure performance … [Read more...]

Best Practices in Preventive Maintenance: How One Company Did It

Companies with well-planned PM programs enjoy minimal unplanned downtime, minimal spare parts costs, minimal manufacturing interruptions from breakdowns, maximum manufacturing times, maximum product quality and longer machine life spans. These … [Read more...]

Out of Space? Maybe Not!

Has your growing company outgrown its facility? Are pallet racks full? Do flow racks appear to be fully utilized? Are dock areas overcrowded? Do aisles contain products awaiting put away or customer orders awaiting pick up? What can you do to … [Read more...]

Six Steps to Design a Preventive Maintenance Program

Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance may seem a no-brainer, but if you make assumptions and cut corners, your results won’t match the effort. Follow these six steps and you’ll create an effective, efficient and sustainable preventive … [Read more...]

Why Preventive Maintenance Fails (and how to fix it)

Is your facility struggling to design an effective preventive maintenance (PM) program? An endless parade of books and articles tell us how to “do” PM. But it’s one thing to read, and another entirely to implement. Part 1 of a 3-part series By … [Read more...]