Time to in­vest in your fu­ture

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

Main­te­nance waste at­tributes to 25 per cent of all en­ergy waste. Ef­fec­tive main­te­nance pro­grammes can gen­er­ate 20 to 40 per cent more up­time and re­duce op­er­a­tional costs by more than 35 per cent.

I helped a Goodyear plant save more than US$2 mil­lion dol­lars in en­ergy costs just by plug­ging leaks iden­ti­fied with an acous­tic ul­tra­sound leak de­tec­tor.

Imag­ine if ev­ery com­pany, city and coun­try, just plugged their com­pressed air leaks. Bil­lions of dol­lars world­wide would be saved. That money could be used for train­ing and de­vel­op­ing fu­ture work­ers to counter the boomers as the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of skilled work­ers re­tire.

How­ever, most ex­ec­u­tives ig­nore, or dis­miss the main­te­nance func­tion and do not look at it as a profit con­trib­u­tor, they see it as a nec­es­sary evil or cost cen­tre.

Be­fore we can make the leap to pros­per­ity, we need se­nior man­agers to un­der­stand the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able by lev­er­ag­ing main­te­nance. We need more of you to stand up and lead your or­ga­ni­za­tions.

With the pass­ing of ISO 55000 and fu­ture reg­u­la­tions, more im­pe­tus will be fo­cused in the board­rooms to fully un­der­stand the chal­lenges and is­sues con­fronting their main­te­nance needs.

Now that en­gi­neer­ing and main­te­nance pro­fes­sion­als bet­ter un­der­stand our chal­lenges, more re­sources and sup­port to ad­dress and mit­i­gate the main­te­nance and skills cri­sis that in­hibit eco­nomic pros­per­ity – and put ev­ery­one at risk – should be forth­com­ing.

Here are some steps that some brave busi­ness lead­ers might im­ple­ment to see some ma­jor re­sults: 1. Use acous­tic ul­tra­sound leak de­tec­tors and plug com­pressed air leaks. 2. Con­duct monthly in­frared ther­mo­graphic sur­veys and see if you can un­cover en­ergy loss. 3. De­velop for­mal­ized pro­grammes to de­velop cur­rent and fu­ture talent pools. 4. Make video record­ings of best

prac­tices of reg­u­lar pro­ce­dures. 5. Make sure ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions

pro­duce talent you need.

Con­tact Joel Leonard, the ‘main­te­nance evan­ge­list’ at SkillTV.Net

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