Maintenance Policy and Repair
Plant and machinery in the initial days always perform to their fullest capacity but as time goes with regular wear and tear, this becomes increasingly difficult. If proper and regular maintenance is undertaken than production capacity can be maintained at a more or less same level. Maintenance also requires replacement decisions. Replacement is a substitution of existing fixed asset with a new asset, which may enhance features capable of performing similar function. The need for replacement may arise because of normal use, obsolescence, early service failure, destruction, etc.
Maintenance is defined as a process in which working condition of plant or machinery is maintained at the optimum level as to give maximum output. Maintenance is done through repair, partial replacement and total replacement. Following is the significance of the maintenance policy:
If organizations are not able to implement an effective maintenance policy than it can result in the following results:
Maintenance management is process where available resources are regulated in a manner that plant and machinery can perform at specific levels. Maintenance management involves planning, scheduling and execution of maintenance-related activities. The main objectives of the maintenance management are as follows:
Planning and Scheduling
The maintenance department is responsible with planning and scheduling of maintenance in line with the requirement and expectation of the organization. Planning and scheduling needs to ensure that business as usual is not disturbed.
The following are key points to plan maintenance:
The need to schedule maintenance can be best described as follows:
From above it can safely be concluded that it is very critical for company to have a robust and effective maintenance and repair policy.
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