Written by Lawrence Bouvier, CMRP, Vice President – Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions
Is equipment downtime holding you back from achieving Lean Manufacturing success?
We all have heard of the seven wastes addressed in Lean Manufacturing, but did you ever consider that if you applied similar principles to equipment health, you’d want a discipline to create Lean Maintenance?
Overproduction, Inventory and Waiting are three of the seven lean wastes that can come as a result of equipment failures. A good maintenance process will keep these to minimum levels. So, how can we achieve this? The only way is to minimize the amount of maintenance and repair that we perform on machines!