Why is proper maintenance planning and scheduling such a hot topic? It cuts waste and improves the overall fiscal health of an organization.
First, let’s go over some general definitions associated with planning and scheduling.
Work Planning takes place when maintenance work is documented, including assigning resources, outlining work and safety procedures and identifying labor and materials.
Work Scheduling is the process when all required resources are scheduled to be utilized within a defined time frame. It involves knowledge of technician, material and tool availability as well as equipment and asset availability.
Coordination brings together all the necessary resources for the scheduled work, and combines both scheduling and planning activities.
Maintenance excellence is a strategy that eliminates unnecessary activities and maximizes condition-based maintenance while focusing resources on the most critical assets. In other words, maintenance excellence is all about doing the right jobs, with the right resources, at the right time.
On average, the wrench-on time for a company stands at 35% without effective planning and scheduling, leaving 65% of waste. With this calculation, for every 8 hours that a technician works, only 2.8 hours of that day is actual work on assets.
Let’s break down the 65% of waste:
Implementing proper planning and scheduling can increase wrench-on time to 65% and increases a technician’s 8-hour day to 5.2 hours of actual work.
The benefits are clear. It will allow your organization to move away from a reactive state of maintenance and increase workforce efficiency.
What are the fiscal impacts if you could:
The below infographic brings these numbers all together to demonstrate the importance of effective planning and scheduling.
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Product Marketing Manager at Prometheus Group
With over a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry, Brian leads the Product Marketing team at Prometheus Group. Brian believes it’s important to see and hear customer challenges firsthand to ensure our solutions are solving the real-world problems they face. Before joining Prometheus Group, Brian was a Business Consultant with Rockwell Automation where he spent several years helping customers create asset management strategies across all industries.