Time to invest in your future
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