As many of you know, the Mobil Connect community is about more than just lubricants. In fact, we’re here to help our members deliver on higher order priorities, including getting the most out of their maintenance program overall. Part of that includes lubrication, but it also encompasses so much more.
That’s why we’re introducing a three-part tip series on maintenance best practices. We’ll cover maintenance program development, maintenance process fundamentals, and how your lubrication program fits in.
Maintenance program development
There are many causes to rotating equipment failure, including normal wear and tear, careless maintenance or improper lubrication. The best way to reduce equipment failure is through maintenance, specifically taking action to improve equipment performance and reliability.
And, the best maintenance programs focus on delivering the following:
To develop and install an effective maintenance program, both maintenance and production personnel must work together and be on “equal” footing. This dynamic is important, as production cannot control maintenance. There must be a clear vision as to what efforts are needed to achieve maximum productivity, and goals should be established to achieve this success.
Once implemented, machinery should be monitored for performance, reliability and quality. Lastly, periodic reviews must be conducted to determine programs effectiveness. It is important to understand that a maintenance program is an evolving instrument that develops and matures with the needs of the plant.
There are several ways to perform maintenance:
RCM can be used to create a cost-effective maintenance strategy to address dominant causes of equipment and system failure and the consequences. As a result, levels of equipment criticality are assigned and tasks are developed to address the dominant failure causes. RCM encourages the user to consider changing something which will reduce the risk to a predetermined tolerable level.
I hope this tip was a helpful primer on maintenance best practices that can help you optimize productivity. In our next post, we’ll take a closer look at maintenance planning and key maintenance inputs.
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