Maintenance is a key success factor in industrial business operations. It has a direct impact on the whole manufacturing system, product quality, and production costs. Many factories take a reactive maintenance approach, focusing on breakdown analysis and resolution only after a problem arises, but this approach, ultimately, has negative impacts on performance and results.
Good maintenance turns into great performances and then into excellent results.
At the core of Lean World Class® maintenance approach is the partnership between manufacturing / production staff, maintenance technicians, and technical services to improve what is called Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Launching a program of zero breakdowns and zero defects results in the improvement or elimination of six crippling shop-floor losses:
1. Equipment breakdowns
2. Setup and adjustment slowdowns
3. Idling and short-term stoppages
4. Reduced capacity
5. Quality-related losses
6. Startup/restart losses