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Monday, December 17, 2012

Avoid Waste: Lean maintenance can reduce overall costs

by Joel Levitt


Why us, why now? In years past, the engineer, manager or superintendent was responsible for improvement ideas. Maintenance people were "hands" hired to do what they were told. Today, organizations are lean and mean; we need the capabilities of all maintainers. The downsizing craze, however, has left everyone in a managerial role with too many tasks and too little time. There's no one left to cut costs!

Wisdom of the people doing the work: One axiom of lean maintenance can be found in the wisdom of the maintenance, cleaning and grounds people. These men and women are in daily contact with the facility and see first hand the wasted, unused and improperly used resources. If you want to cut costs-make it a routine job to talk with these folks.

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