Deferred Maintenance in the News
Chris and Fred discuss about what happens when we ‘defer’ maintenance … or do it later … or perhaps never. When is it OK to do this?
Join Chris and Fred as they discuss the concept of deferring maintenance. Sometimes it is OK. Usually it is not.
- Can we defer maintenance? Yes … if an analysis of how your system accumulates damage suggests you should. But if you are deferring maintenance to simply balance a budget … future budgets will suffer. A lot.
- Importance and urgency. What is the most important thing when it comes to how maintenance supports reliability? … preventing failures. This saves time and money. It also means we get better outputs. What is the most urgent thing? … depends who you ask. Organizations that do this well make the important thing the most urgent thing. The least important thing is saving money this week (at the expense of saving LOTS of money later on). What is your organization like?
- Don’t forget human motivations. Jackson Mississippi currently has no potable water. Why? Because maintenance was ‘deferred’ for decades. The people who continually deferred maintenance are generally not in the organization anymore. One could argue that they are not motivated to have made the unpopular (but right) decisions when they had the chance to do it.
- The 2nd law of thermodynamics has never been defeated. This law essentially outlines how every part of the universe will eventually move toward a state of ‘disorder.’ Molecules will become more and more mixed. Things that we have spent a lot of time manufacturing (i.e. being ‘ordered’ in a way that the design dictates) will inevitably fail. But sometimes if it has been working for the last day, week, month or year … we can convince ourselves that it will always keep working.
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Carl DuPoldt says
Yes, pay now or pay later. Builds a case for predictive maintenance. Proactive saves money and aggravation, money, and time over reactive maintenance. Agreed?
Christopher Jackson says
… pay LOTS more later! I would argue that there are certain maintenance scenarios where there are better options than predictive maintenance – but we should always be looking for smarter ways of doing things.