Home Health Case Studies in Maintenance and Reliability: A Wealth of Best Practices
Why do we have shutdowns? Ideally we would like a facility to operate for 20-30 years without interruption. We would like to design it, build it, run it, make product, sell product, and take the money to the bank. That is the sort of business model your bank manager can understand and love.
The reality is unfortunately quite different. Many factors reduce possible plant run lengths, among them:
We do need to have shutdowns, but it would obviously be sensible to avoid unnecessary ones. Clearly our shutdown aims should be business driven. I suggest that, stated simply, the aims should be as follows:
I like to consider the plant as a money machine. In that mental model, what we are trying to do, in financial terms, is to improve the profit stream now and into the future. So what brings success? I suggest:
Let us have a look at the relative performances of some different sites so we can get a feel for what is good performance.
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