One of the easiest traps to fall into is to create an adversarial relationship with the Operations organization. After all, if they wouldn't break it, you wouldn't have to fix it, right? Bet if you asked them, they'd say that if you'd fix it correctly, it wouldn't break. You spend a lot of time and effort trying to decide who gets the "blame" for an equipment failure, and it usually winds up in your lap. This is a counterproductive situation and one that is guaranteed to cause your maintenance process to be reactive.

Face it; your functions are interdependent. The plant cannot exist without Operations, nor can it exist without Maintenance. Neither function can be successful without the other. A proactive Maintenance function is dependent on operators being the "first line of defense" and taking responsibility for equipment care. It is also dependent on getting necessary downtime for correcting problems discovered on predictive inspections. Your weekly work schedule is worthless if Operations is not involved in its creation because they have to commit to the equipment being available at the appointed time.

A great way to build a partnership is to sit down with your Operations counterpart and have a frank discussion about what each needs from the other in order to be successful. Draft a "partnership agreement" that spells out, in writing, your responsibilities to each other. Commit to it, sign it, and review it periodically to make sure you are both complying with it.

Tip provided by Management Resources Group, Inc.
203.264.0500 x136
http://www.mrgsolutions.com

Upcoming Events

August 9 - August 11 2022

MaximoWorld 2022

View all Events
banner
80% of Reliabilityweb.com newsletter subscribers report finding something used to improve their jobs on a regular basis.
Subscribers get exclusive content. Just released...MRO Best Practices Special Report - a $399 value!
DOWNLOAD NOW
 How To Achieve An Uptime Elements Black Belt

How To Achieve An Uptime Elements Black Belt

Do or do not – there is no try ~ Yoda

Are you one of those people who will not start a project until planning is close to perfect?

The Uptime Elements Black Belt program is designed

...

 Keep the Air Your Machine Breathes Clean and Dry

Keep the Air Your Machine Breathes Clean and Dry

It is important to stop airborne contaminants from entering tanks, drums, or machine reservoirs. The good news is that this is one of the easiest problems to address through high quality

Tip ...

 Optimizing Costs Through RCM-Based O&M

Optimizing Costs Through RCM-Based O&M

Today’s water and wastewater facilities must balance the demands of safety, environment and cost. With shrinking budgets, water and wastewater treatment facilities are asked to do more with

  • ...

How Complex Should Maintenance Procedures Be?

The level of complexity depends on several factors:

  • The complexity of the task. Tasks which have multiple steps that must be performed in specific sequence, or contain unusual operations, must be spelled out precisely.
  • What specific data is needed

...