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Preventative Maintenance: How Manufacturers are Getting Ahead of Themselves and Reducing Down time

It’s that time of year where we still can reflect on the prior year and prognosticate on what’s ahead. To that end, we tend to huddle up with the industry analyst firms to see what they are reading from the tea leaves. The good folks at Aberdeen recently gave us a preview of their forthcoming report on the top economic challenges for manufacturers in 2011; understandably “limited access to capital and credit,” and “operational costs” top the list.

Incidentally, both of these challenges can be addressed through 'preventative maintenance.' Preventative maintenance isn’t new, but it’s certainly become more critical in this age of doing more with less.

Recently, we introduced our Maintenance Management module, which supports maintenance request processing, planned preventive maintenance (according to predefined schedules), and ad hoc break/fix maintenance processing for a single piece of equipment. Facilities and production equipment, such as internal capital equipment and shop floor tools, can be scheduled for maintenance based on a pre-defined service interval, usage, time or via manual requests. Once a preventative or regular maintenance work order is established, the maintenance planner can schedule equipment down time, trades resources and materials as needed. All equipment, material, and work histories can be closely tracked via the product’s serial number, in-service date, equipment location, warrant expiration date, and preventative maintenance plans (time-based or meter frequencies).

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The solution works in concert with our Quality Assurance and Asset Management modules, providing unified and integrated approach to the maintenance and calibration of key production and facilities equipment, for maximum up time and optimum return on those investments. Quality Assurance integration supports visibility within the quality assurance inspection queue, and can send product to the material review board (MRB), and link to corrective actions. Enhanced Quality Assurance module can also be leveraged to support quality assurance test plans, skip lot processing, and recording of calibration information against specific equipment.

Using Epicor Maintenance Management along with Epicor Asset Management, enables companies to schedule, control and track planned and unplanned maintenance activities against fixed assets, and capture the resulting costs as required. They can also immediately see the production impact resulting from placing assets out of service, and plan to take assets out of service strategically when it imposes the least impact on customers.

Posted by Christine Hansen, Manager, Product Marketing, Epicor

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