The Objectives of Maintenance Management

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The Objectives of Maintenance Management

Maintenance management can be considered as the direction and organization of resources to control the availability of equipment. The tasks associated with maintenance can be divided into three main areas; work management, plant condition control and cost control.

Work Management
Work management is concerned with the logistics of organizing maintenance and has the following objectives:

* To identify, control and co-ordinate the resources (labor, spare parts, materials and tools) * To ensure that job priorities are correctly allocated * To locate plant failures or potential failures and provide an appropriate response

Plant Condition Control
Close monitoring and control of the overall
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Maintenance Stores System
It is essential that this maintenance stores control system is not a modified production stores control system. The requirements of maintenance differ significantly from those of the production department. For example, the usage profile for maintenance spares differs from that of production materials. If a spare part is used only during a major shutdown it is important that the part is available when required and also that spares are not stocked unnecessarily, tying up valuable working capital. Since it is not possible to completely avoid some breakdowns, it is necessary to organize the repair work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The purchasing system is closely related to the stores control system and has three main inputs. Firstly, there should be a facility to automatically prompt for the reordering of items that have reached a pre-determined re-order point. Secondly, the system should enable the engineer to purchase items that are in constant use and spares that are used only during a major plant shutdown. Thirdly, the maintenance department will need to purchase contractor and building services, together with nonstick items. Purchasing for maintenance can take many forms and requires many functions to deal with, for example, telephone ordering, order chasing, invoice checking and monitoring.

The chosen system should enable all of these functions to be carried out by the purchaser. If only a limited number
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