Life is sweet when your facility pipeline of work is matches the forecasted requirements and your inbound activities are aligning with the outbound requirements.  Capacity, Cycle time, and Inventory levels are in tune. Time to relax, right?

If there is one thing we know from our years working with businesses of all sizes in many industries– sooner or later, there will be an ugly surprise.

There are several thorns that frequently hinder companies from achieving optimum flow for long.

Labor shortages, pandemic disruptions, supply chain issues, unexpected market evolution major competitor moves. These surprises will affect us all and can catch the most prepared business off guard. Supply chain challenges are inevitable, but some surprises can be anticipated.

A universal truth is that moving parts require maintenance.

Equipment downtime is one of the most frequent, yet also one of the most preventable issues your company may face.

We see and hear of companies that invest millions in upfront equipment cost but neglect to protect that investment. Too often companies will not (or can not) hire the correct personnel to maintain their equipment, they’ll try save some money not purchasing critical spare parts, or they’ll ignore recurring warning signs and hope for the best.

These common practices lead to universal reactive maintenance.

System wide reactive maintenance is not a model any company would intentionally adopt but is utilized by close to 50% of operations. Unfortunately, once established, it takes companies a significant amount of effort to pull themselves out of this model.

The operations team will be less willing to allow scheduled PMs if it was not established from the beginning. Evaluating volatile equipment health and identifying all the band aid solutions will take substantial effort.

Establishing a good PM model from the beginning is critical.

DLN will provide the tools required to set up a good Preventative, Predictive, or RCM (reliability centered) maintenance program. Setting up these programs it is a team effort that relies on the buy-in of the system users to be successful.

If you are currently in a reactive maintenance model and need help finding a way out, we would love to help.

We have programs that can meet your 2022 resolution that your maintenance will be an action — not reaction!


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