The Japanese Path To Maintenance
By Mike Sondalini
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A systematic method of equipment reliability improvement is adopted. It
is based on the well-proven quality management 'Plan - Do - Check -
Action' self-improvement approach.
Consultation between Production and Maintenance Departments produces
the PM-10 (Preventing Maintenance over 10 years) plan of production
equipment to be investigated for improvement. The operating problems are
scrutinized and analyzed and then corrective plans are put into place.
The improvement work is designed, organized and scheduled. The
improvement may be a design-out, a process change or a simple procedural
change. Continuous improvement was the normal way of thinking and living
in this Japanese company.
Once the change is in place it is again evaluated against the
originally intended aims. If the original problem has not been solved
satisfactorily the issue is again reviewed. The plan for future
improvement work is adjusted if further progress is needed on the problem.
The continuous improvement method is followed until the equipment
problems are considered to be unimportant enough to be left off the PM-10
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