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ERIC Number: EJ1017915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-7249
Starting a Planned Maintenance Program on a Shoestring
Adams, Matt
Facilities Manager, v29 n6 p47-48 Nov-Dec 2013
This article addresses two of the most repeated questions in APPA (1) How can we convert our reactive maintenance operations to a planned and predictable operation? and (2) In addition, how can we do this with little or no additional resources? It seems reasonable to assume that if a department is short on resources and in a full-blown reactive mode, moving to a more planned work schedule is impossible without an infusion of staff and materials. This article is based on the reality that no significant resources are available to begin a planned maintenance program but one is necessary. Matt Adams believes that there is always a new idea or practice that he just has not learned about yet, or tried. Beginning with the recommendation of using a simple report or pie chart showing the major types of service requests occurring each month or annually, he begins to outline the expenditure of working hours of the most valuable asset, the trade staff. He explains that to better manage this resource managers must begin to analyze, measure, and redirect this asset. Creative ways such as weekly team meetings, goal setting, and making small incremental changes can be useful. Examples of changes that can be made are provided, but Adams recognizes that there are many more creative changes yet to be discovered. Adams closes the article by saying that facilities managers need to aggressively scrutinize how current resources are spent, and find new and clever ways to save and redirect them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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