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Topic: Electric Power
Welcome to the 13th issue of our Feed Forward Newsletter; "The Maintenance War Newsletter". This first area of the
newsletter is for introductions and commentary. Remember, the
website has many new items added each month. So please browse
around and find yourself a gold nugget.
Online version at www.feedforward.com.au
Since our last issue we have started to deliver Palm / PDA software
products and power point presentation products. We started out with one
new product for each new media type. We are actively working on developing
and finding you more of those type products.
Be sure to download the free trial Electronic and Electrical
Calculator Palm Software. Our first power point to offer is titled
"Maintenance Management Guide".
Our newest Ebook title is by Larry Bush. Be sure to browse the free
samples of his Ebook, "How to Purchase, Setup and Maintain Emergency Diesel Electric Generators"
We have also added a couple new Computer Based Training (CBT) CDs. If
you have experienced our award winning PLC Training
CBT, you will
want to see our new Control Logix
CBT. We have also recently added a
Measurement Methods CBT.
the very detailed M2M
Device Networking article by Marty Huff is new on the site.
The article is about how the
ability to extract raw data from a device, machine, or appliance, and
convert that data into useful information, transforms the decision-making
from an art to a science.
In the last issue of "The Maintenance War
we started an initiative dubbed "Change the world". One submitted
article stands out as being in line with the initiative's goals.
Frank Lincoln donated the
white paper "Electronic
(EER)", about a new approach to storing electricity. While we are
not validating his theories by publishing them, our hat is off to Frank
for his thought provoking article and his intentions to make the world we
live in a better place to live.
You never know, Frank's
article may spawn the next invention to make our appliances even smaller
and consume less energy. :>)
One reader asks: "What's the best possible way to reduce cost when
direct labor hours utilized are far less then the indirect labor
From the limited information I would speculate your area of greatest
cost savings would be to focus on reduction of the support personnel’s
This would consist of incorporating many lean methodologies to the
areas of their responsibility. An example would be the task of changing
light bulbs in the facility. Typically, a light bulb burns out, someone is
called to change it. A lean analysis of the task at hand goes something
- A phone call to maintenance.
- A work order generated.
- The task is scheduled.
- A person gets the ladder out and a light bulb from stock.
- A person changes it.
- A person puts back the ladder
- The work order is updated and closed.
The above seven items equals the man-hours to change a light bulb. The
larger the facility, the more a scenario occurs where the maintenance
person returns to the same general area again in that week to replace
another light bulb. It has been proven in large office buildings that a
huge savings in man hours can be seen by changing all light bulbs in a
given area at one time whether they are burnt out or not. (You save the
time it takes for 6 of the 7 steps above, multiplied by the amount of light bulbs
in that room. Then multiply that savings multiplied by the amount of rooms
responsible for maintaining to see an annual savings.)
Basically light bulbs of the same model number will all last the same
amount of hours. Therefore if you change them all in a room at the same
time, when one burns out the next time, it will be time to change them all
out as the others are soon to burn out.
This is just one of thousands of lean ideas that can be applied to
reduce support man hours. If you are using a work order/CMMS system, you
may be able to identify the areas of greatest cost and focus on them first
with lean ideas.
Hope this helps
Let's Talk Human Resource
Below are some great resources to exchange ideas with your fellow
maintenance managers. Swap ideas with others, now that is a human resource
that isn't used enough. (Sites that were email only have been
Also we would be grateful to hear your ideas on how the maintenance
manager can better utilize their company's human resource department.
Email us your thoughts and we may use it for the next newsletter.
The Toast Forum at Idcon - over 100 topics, over 300 registered members.
On the Maintenance
and Reliability Discussion Forum,
the general maintenance management section topic and the Computerized
Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) topic are the most popular.
Magazine® Message Boards - over 5000 topics, over 60,000
posts, leans more towards the mechanics of managing a maintenance
department with the hot topic being the Alignment/Balancing/Vibration
- almost a 100 topics, over 700 registered members. Their most popular
topic is the Machinery Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance
Even industry specific forums can surprise you with a wealth of information
and peers to network with. Take Saferpak
Discussion Forums for example, over 3000 posts, and 541 registered
members. Their focus is the Food [Packaging] Safety, Quality Management
& Business Improvement topic discussions.
Science > Engineering > Industrial
Google news groups.
The World Wide Web:
Below are some websites I recommend you see ...
- active ezines accessible via the WEB and E-mail.
Australia - national distributor for a range of environmentally friendly
Secrets to Hydraulics - trouble shooting on hydraulic pumps
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