MRO Magazine

Maintenance getting the attention it deserves

Here's what I have seen over the past 25 years. For many years, maintenance departments have been seen as a necessary cost to keep the equipment operating and in good enough condition to serve its pur...


December 1, 2010
By Peter Phillips

Here’s what I have seen over the past 25 years. For many years, maintenance departments have been seen as a necessary cost to keep the equipment operating and in good enough condition to serve its purpose, whether it was producing product in a manufacturing facility or ventilating a room in a university.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a monumental shift in the way companies look at maintenance. Just-in-time manufacturing, lean manufacturing, reliability- centred maintenance and many other initiatives have brought maintenance to the forefront.

Organizations have realized that effective maintenance practices that include detailed preventive and predictive maintenance procedures, proper parts, tools and technical training are key factors in the reliability of equipment, thus improving overall availability.

After many years of struggling to maintain the equipment with limited resources, the maintenance department is now enjoying the attention it deserves.

Peter Phillips is president of the CMMS consulting firm Trailwalk Holdings.