Effective Planning and Scheduling

Effective Planning and Scheduling

Without proper planning and scheduling, work quality, equipment/asset uptime, and maintenance productivity will not be at levels to support required operating profiles. The reasons for this are:

  • Excessive non-productive time incurred both during and between job tasks.
  • Without effective planning, planners can also become non effective due to the number of technicians that are assigned to them.
  • Overall maintenance costs also increase due to the acquisition and storage of unnecessary spare parts, and
  • Energy consumption also increases due to poorly maintained equipment.

As can be seen, effective maintenance planning and scheduling is a cornerstone processes that can assist with attaining excellence in operations and subsequently be able to support constant production.  The benefits of good maintenance planning and scheduling are numerous, and include:

  • Increased productivity of tradespeople
  • Reduced equipment downtime
  • Lower spare parts holdings
  • Less Maintenance rework

The figure shown highlights the effect effective Planning and Scheduling can have on a company’s Maintenance Maturity Continuum.

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