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Defeating Deferred Maintenance


Fundamentals of Managing Maintenance - 8 Hours

This course is designed to give the participant the blueprint for a successful maintenance program and how the Operations, Maintenance, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Safety Departments can work together to produce the lowest maintenance cost per unit of production possible.

Suggested attendees: Maintenance Managers, Maintenance Foremen, Parts Managers, Operations Managers, Sales Managers and any member of management that needs to better understand the needs of maintenance to perform their tasks.


  • How Maintenance Budgets Fail and KPI Predictors - Understanding the Inverse-Square Rule for Deferred Maintenance and the dramatic effect exerted on maintenance budgets that will guarantee the failure. An interactive spreadsheet is offered and used to allow the executive to compute this rule using their past experience with breakdown events and apply that knowledge to future decisions.

  • Computing the True Risk/Reward Ratio for Deferring Maintenance - When faced with a distressing decision to repair or defer maintenance, this financial ratio that will allow an executive to see the ROI for each alternate path and make the hard decisions concerning loss of production and downtime without having to understand the technical details. When computed, the most cost effective decision will become obvious.

  • Creating a Maintenance Control Function

  • Critical Path & Bottleneck Analysis - Understanding what maintenance can be deferred and what cannot and the consequences.

  • Spare Parts Inventory Guidance - The dramatic and detrimental effects of a punitive purchasing policy on a maintenance effort is discussed. Comparing the Cost of Capital as an investment tool to the Cost of Capital of down or dead-lined assets is discussed.

  • Collecting More Warranty from OEMs, Contractors, and Vendors - How the executive can require and monitor warranty collections from their staff in a time and cost effective way.

  • Why Preventive Maintenance is Not Enough - Understanding the nonlinearity of maintenance.

  • Low Tech Quality Assurance Programs - How to add a very effective Quality Assurance Program for a one time cost of $40 a department.

  • The Psychology of Dealing With Management, Operators, and Maintenance Workers  - People can be motivated BUT machines cannot be motivated by human standards. How to understand the limits of motivation.

  • Acting on this Knowledge by Creating a Self-Financing Maintenance Improvement Plan - When these pieces are successfully integrated it is possible to have a self-financing solution to have an excellent maintenance program that will produce the lowest maintenance cost per unit of production possible.

  • Sustaining the Successful Recovery - The solution taught cannot be sustained without the executive as a leader to assure the program remains intact. This can be done without a significant executive attention.

  • Sharing Knowledge with Operators

  • Identifying Destructive Operators

This is a powerful course that can change trajectory of a maintenance effort and is offered in open enrollment classes or at a client's location to specialize the teaching topics. If you should have interest in this knowledge, contact David Geaslin at (832) 524-8214 or .

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