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Why Doesn't Management See The Value Of Preventive Maintenance?

Written by Ryan Noble

June 30, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Preventive maintenance is a tough thing to convince management to invest in because you can't see it. Pushing for a
budget on something that isn't easily quantifiable is a hard sell in itself, but when you can't even see what you're buying, it's even worse. Fortunately, there are enough reports on the ROI and benefits of doing PM that, with a bit of persuasion, can make it easier to pitch to upper management.  Here a few of the common barriers.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Tips n' Tricks

Choosing The Best Lubrication For Your Equipment

Written by Ryan Noble

June 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Before we get into how to best choose lubricants, a quick disclaimer. Manufacturer recommendations are going to be your best answer as to what lubrication you should be using for your equipment. This post is meant for those who don't have manufacturer specifications to reference, have older equipment, or equipment that has been repaired with parts that are not original.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Tips n' Tricks, Lubrication

5 Reasons To Do Preventive Maintenance

Written by Ryan Noble

June 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Preventive maintenance is the core of any maintenance program. Unfortunately, many find it hard to convince others it's worth doing or they can't seem to find the time to stick with it. The truth is, the benefits of PM aren't seen right away and it is hard to quantify its value. However, in the long term, PM proves it's worth because of these five reasons.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance

How to Start a Preventive Maintenance Program From Scratch

Written by Ryan Noble

August 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The point of any preventive maintenance program is to identify equipment failures in their early stages so you, as a maintenance activity can coordinate the man hours and logistics required to prevent breakdowns. Figuring out the best scheduling intervals for different PM tasks can be difficult if you don't have OEM manuals to get you started. Luckily, there have been studies on this topic and I will share with you what seems to be the best way to start you pm program from scratch.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks

Preventive Maintenance Checklist Worksheet - Free Download

Written by Ryan Noble

May 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Do you need help starting or managing your PM program? Here is a preventive maintenance checklist worksheet that you can use to help improve your current process. Maintenance managers can enter equipment names, locations, and required tools along with step by step procedures for completing PM work. Using this preventive maintenance checklist worksheet not only makes it easy for technicians to complete tasks, it will help standardize the work being done.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Tips n' Tricks

Preventive Maintenance Batching - PM Scheduling the Efficient Way

Written by Ryan Noble

February 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Does your normal preventive maintenance routine have your team doing laps around the facility?  Going from area to area inspecting one thing then going around again to inspect another.  Seems like a waste of time doesn't it?  You might need to take a look at how you're scheduling PM's.  PM batching is a more efficient way of scheduling your work because it groups together like inspections by location and recurrence instead of equipment type, reducing the need to burn laps like Jimmie Johnson at the Daytona 500.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Increase Efficiency

Why Work Order Software is Critical to Optimizing Your Preventive Maintenance to Corrective Maintenance Ratio

Written by Ryan Noble

January 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Are you a facility manager that is constantly trying to put out maintenance fires or inversely, doing so many unneeded preventive maintenance procedures that you can’t find time to do corrective actions?

You might have found yourself stuck in an inefficient preventive maintenance (PM) to corrective maintenance (CM) ratio.  While both are natural functions of any activity, most facilities are either doing too much or too little planned maintenance work.  Here is where work order software can help. 

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Work Order Software, Increase Efficiency

How Preventive Maintenance Of Airport Escalators, Elevators And Moving Walkways Can Mitigate Risk

Written by Ryan Noble

January 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

You wouldn’t think injuries due to escalators, elevators or moving walkways would be all too common, but if your airport has at least five or more mechanical transports you are likely to experience at least one passenger injury per year according to a paper written by Cameron Nicolson for the Calgary Airport Authority. 

The majority of these injuries are due to human error while only a small percentage are due to mechanical failure.  This does not mean your maintenance organization is free from expensive litigation however.  

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Aviation Industry/Airports