Maintenance Improvement Strategies

A maintenance improvement strategy is presented in this paper which has been applied in a number of companies, with each of its elements tested for individual effectiveness and for its contribution to the whole program. It focuses on two key issues: the operations/maintenance interface, and the need for detailed technical information on the condition of equipment to optimise maintenance decision making. The strategy has three early elements: an audit, a workshop for combined operations and maintenance personnel and a preliminary roll-out of tasks. The strategy fits within a cohesive model which has three principal lobes: condition-based maintenance, strategic planning and optimisation for operations scheduling.