6 Maintenance Planning Principles for Success in Planning & Scheduling

Based on years of experience in maintenance and operations, including the maintenance and overhaul of conventional (steam and diesel) and nuclear propulsion plants, I’d like to share some basic principles to ensure that your maintenance planning efforts are built on sound foundations.

These 6 ‘foundational pillars’ of maintenance planning include having a separate department for planners, focusing on future work, maintaining component level files, estimating based on the planners expertise and relying on historical data, recognizing the skill of the crafts, and measuring performance with work samplings.

When all 6 of these foundational aspects are implemented and combined correctly, maintenance planning can attain greater efficiencies. All this leads to important asset related data and information being shared across the plant, and even across multiple plants.

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Imagine identifying an issue with a recently failed pump. Now what if you have 50 of these pumps across multiple plants? You can notify the other plants of the issue and address the problem before another failure.

So let’s move on to a detailed look at the 6 Maintenance Planning Principles that bring about these afore mentioned efficiencies.

1. A Separate Department for Planners:

2. Focus on Future Work:

“The 50% Rule–if a piece of equipment needs work, there is a 50% chance it will need the similar, if not the same, work within 1 year.”

“The 80% Rule–there is any 80% chance the equipment will be worked on again within a 5 year period”

3. Maintain Component Level Files:

4. Estimate Job Based on Planner Expertise:

5. Recognize the Skills of the Craft:

6. Measure Performance with Work Sampling:

Are there other principles that you would want to add to this list? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Author: Matt Midas

Matt has been involved in the maintenance and reliability industry for over 30 years. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, he has served aboard US flag merchant vessels and upon graduation, he was commissioned in the US Navy and served aboard the USS Jesse L Brown, FF1089, where he was responsible for operations, maintenance, engineering, and safety programs.

Matt has worked at the Charleston Naval Shipyard where he was qualified as a nuclear engineer in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of S5W and S6G nuclear propulsion plants. He has also worked as a plant operations and maintenance manager where he was responsible for 186 facilities in Washington DC.

Matt has helped many customers leverage the data in EAM Systems to support the safe and reliable operations of their critical physical assets. He has also earned an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.

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