In general, planners should precisely nail down the problem and what we are going to do about it before attempting to define a repair procedure. We do want the details of how to do the repair, but we also count on the skills of the mechanics so that we do not have to put down every single step of the procedure the first time we plan the job. Don’t get me wrong – we do want highly detailed procedures, but we also need to plan all the incoming work requests to some minimum level. Use the ongoing cycle of maintenance repetition to improve procedures over the years, also including specific feedback from mechanics on the most important details to them.
MR.O, The Practical Problem Solver is a practical tip provided by an industry insider that runs in every issue of Machinery and Equipment MRO. This tip came from Doc Palmer, PE, MBA, CMRP, the author of McGraw-Hill’s Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook. As managing partner of Richard Palmer and Associates, he helps companies worldwide with planning and scheduling success. For more information visit www.palmerplanning.com or email Doc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MR.O, The Practical Problem Solver is a practical tip provided by an industry insider that runs in every issue of Machinery and Equipment MRO.