Voices: Palmer's Planning Corner
Palmer’s Planning Corner is a monthly column exploring the productivity piece of maintenance. Planning and scheduling allows a plant to complete extra proactive work even when it has its hands full with reactive work. Plant Services Contributing Editor Doc Palmer explains different principles and issues each month to make successful what should be a rewarding endeavor for maintenance.
Three unusual concepts make the difference in determining whether a planning program will be successful. Most planning programs are not successful to the point of being frustrating or even counterproductive. It is the fact that these concepts are unusual that gives programs the opportunity to become successful and greatly contribute to plant reliability. These concepts are: (1) pushing planners to plan all of the work, but allowing plans to be imperfect; (2) fully loading weekly schedules, but allowing supervisors to break them; and (3) planning some of the reactive urgent work but never telling supervisors to wait.Read More
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- Sep 6, 2018Doc Palmer say ensure the storeroom has what you need when you need it with these strategies.
- Aug 1, 2018Doc Palmer says crunch the numbers to figure out how to best optimize inventory levels and costs.
- Jul 2, 2018Doc Palmer says maintenance planners can help rein in the impulse to slash storeroom inventory.
- Jun 11, 2018Doc Palmer says having a schedule to help frame and focus work will let a supervisor steer jobs effectively.
- May 8, 2018Doc Palmer says provide the support and resources your planners need to ensure planning success.
- Apr 9, 2018Doc Palmer explores the skill sets necessary for success in the maintenance planning role.
- Mar 6, 2018Doc Palmer says don’t let reactive work wreck the success of your planning and scheduling program.
- Feb 5, 2018Doc Palmer examines why measuring schedule compliance is a sometimes controversial (but vital) task.
- Jan 23, 2018Doc Palmer explores why daily scheduling during the week is the supervisors’ task, and how to do it right.
- Dec 12, 2017Doc Palmer says weekly scheduling is about goal-setting with 100% schedule loading.
- Nov 7, 2017Doc Palmer wonders if your teams know why the weekly schedule is their ticket to productivity gains.
- Oct 5, 2017What needs to get done when? Doc Palmer helps to ensure that everyone's on the same page.
- Aug 30, 2017Doc Palmer says the two go hand in hand to produce reliability – and profitability – benefits.
- Aug 1, 2017Doc Palmer says there are right and wrong ways (and reasons) to analyze wrench time.
- Jul 10, 2017Doc Palmer says the pursuit of perfection is the enemy of progress when it comes to job planning.
- Jun 5, 2017Trying to be super-accurate with each job estimate? Doc Palmer says that's not how this works.
- May 22, 2017Doc Palmer says planners should err on the side of having specific files for specific devices.
- Mar 31, 2017Doc Palmer says planners need to focus on preventing tomorrow’s fires, not fighting today’s.
- Mar 1, 2017Doc Palmer explains how to be a task ninja to keep your maintenance planners from being overwhelmed.
- Feb 6, 2017Apply these 12 planning and scheduling principles and watch your productivity climb.
- Jan 3, 2017Get your maintenance planning game in gear to boost your plant's profits.