How to Make Your Plant Reliable

Five basics to make your Lean and RCM programs play well together. The bottom line: Lean relies on takt time as the cadence for producing to meet customer demand. Takt time assumes that critical process equipment will be reliable (i.e., … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Lean Factory That Works

Lean manufacturers have a leg up on speeding products to market, reducing costs and keeping customers happy. In this overview, I’ll share how to engineer, set up and manage the project for a lean factory that works for your specific … [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...]

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...]

Facilities Maintenance Planning

Nine Reasons Your Facilities Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Effort Isn’t Giving You the Benefits You Expect When we do an assessment of a client's maintenance department, we always start with the planner. If planning is humming along nicely, … [Read more...]

Key Steps to Workflow Improvement in Maintenance

Regardless of what your company manufactures, two things are essential to product quality and customer satisfaction. First, how you manage, maintain and measure employees’ work. And second, how you manage your equipment’s performance. The road to … [Read more...]

How much is ineffective maintenance costing hospitals?

Every dollar a hospital’s maintenance organization spends on unnecessary labor, equipment or processes erodes their service, reputation and bottom line. Here’s one example of how things can unravel. A major hospital’s facilities maintenance group … [Read more...]

What’s the right approach to maintenance?

By Antonio R. (Tony) Rodriguez, CMC, President We always enjoy sharing opinions, tips and scenarios with fellow reliability and maintenance experts within online professional forums. One question within LinkedIn’s 20,913-member Plant … [Read more...]

Maintenance Organization

What’s Missing in Your Maintenance Organization? By Steve Mueller, Director of Commercial Operations Regardless of the industry you’re in, effective planning and scheduling can have a profound impact on your maintenance organization‘s … [Read more...]

Facility Maintenance & Staffing Challenges

Do I have enough people to maintain my facility? By Steve Mueller, Director of Operations, Daniel Penn Associates, LLC If you manage your facility’s maintenance organization, you have probably wondered how many maintenance workers you really … [Read more...]