How efficient is your preventive maintenance program? The reality is that the typical preventive maintenance program achieves a staggeringly low 25-30% efficiency in labor hours. Where do the other hours go? Predictive Service utilizes techniques based on Lean principles to identify waste in the PM work process. Over the next few weeks, this blog series will identify each type of waste to target for elimination to achieve efficiency in the PM process.

Movement of product that does not add value.

In our last post, we exposed you to the 1st of the 7 Wastes, Over-Production, which can also have a multiplier effect on all of the other wastes. Transportation is the second of the 7 Wastes.

Any time a product is moved, there is a risk of the product being damaged, lost, unavailable for further processing or quality degradation. It is also an additional cost in labor, storage and equipment that adds no value to the product and is something that a customer would not be willing to pay for.

Transportation Waste in PMs:
  • Excessive travel between PM’s through not using route functionality and poor scheduling.
  • Excessive travel within a PM because the Craft does not have what’s required to complete the PM.

The next of the 7 Wastes in our series will be Motion.

About the Author:

Ed Stanek, Jr. is President of Predictive Service EAM group. Predictive Service’s Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) offerings focus on an optimized life-cycle approach to achieving improved utilization, enhanced performance and reliability while reducing capital and operating costs. Our offerings start at the core, the CMMS and ERP systems and extend to consulting, and reliability services.