Reduce Maintenance Costs
Maintenance usually isn't top priority for many companies until something breaks at the worst possible time. Then it's a matter of urgency to get everything up and running on schedule again. But today's manufacturing companies can't afford breakdowns. "Today's customer expects zero defects and 100 percent on time from their ordinary supplier," says the author. Too often maintenance is dealt with like a brush fire in that companies only take care of it when a problem arises, but that needs to change. Author says. "The role maintenance has to play is to get totally transitioned out of the traditional role of fireman - swarm over it and get it going - into a system of planning, predicting and assuring the process as one document it."