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 Conversations in Maintenance Management

Conversations in Maintenance Management


About this title

My first article on maintenance was about choosing and implementing a computerized maintenance management system in truck fleet maintenance operations in 1984. Back then, there were two problems with this concept. First, it was difficult getting mechanics to write or type accurate and complete information about their repair or service. (It was common then to write and separately keypunch the data from work orders.) Second, getting an accurate asset register list for the names and basic attributes of all the maintainable assets was an issue. Sound familiar?

These challenges have been the same for maintainers of the Roman roads, weaponsof Changping, as well as the International Space Station. Deterioration, defects and damage gradually or abruptly make the assets useless or, at least, less useful.

In this book, I revisit some of my writings over the years to see if there are any continuing themes, good ideas and interesting changes in the maintenance management field. It turns out there are. Reading the trade press throughout time, one would think everything had been solved with new gadgets, software and high tech. Now, one tends to see things more clearly. Or, is it still an illusion?

I have written columns on a wide variety of maintenance, reliability and personnel topics over the years. It is interesting to see the development of ideas over time, see predictions that worked out and others that didn't, visit some issues that are universal, have some fun in learning about maintenance, and provide some teaching in short, bite-size chunks.

The solutions to maintenance problems are very detailed. The solutions to issues that face maintenance as a function require an expanded perspective. This book gets people into an extended frame of mind to look at the overall function, activity, personnel, support systems, and more. In the end, you'll look at maintenance management with a whole different perspective.

Acerca del Autor - Joel Levitt

Joel Levitt is a leading trainer of maintenance professionals. He has trained over 15,000 maintenance leaders from 3000 organizations in 21 countries in over 500 sessions. Since 1980 he has been the President of Springfield Resources, a management consulting firm that services all sized clients on a wide range of maintenance issues.

He has almost 25 years experience in many facets of maintenance including as a process control designer, source equipment inspector, electrician, field service technician, merchant marine worker, manufacturing manager, and property manager. Prior to that Mr. Levitt worked for a CMMS vendor and in manufacturing management.

He is a frequent speaker at maintenance and engineering conferences and has written 6 popular maintenance management texts and chapters of 2 additional reference books. He has also published dozens of articles on the topic. Mr. Levitt has served on the safety board of ANSI, Small Business United, National Family Business Council and on the executive committee of the Miquon School.
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