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It’s been a wild ride since June 1977 when the Apple II was released and VisiCalc launched the spreadsheet revolution. Business information, from accounting to job costing and estimating, is no longer produced by hand. Maintenance work orders are automatically generated right on schedule, and data…
I got into a lot of trouble as a young field engineer by telling my boss that cost overruns were not a problem. I told him that the real problem lay in the way we built our work and that cost overruns were a symptom of the fact that something was not going well. My job was to find and fix the cause…
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A work order coding system exists not simply because the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) has a field to be filled in. It exists to provide information required to run your business. Before you design and develop it, you absolutely must decide on your key performance…

Managers often take owning costs for granted. Most costs are largely fixed upon closing the deal, and it seems relatively easy to estimate the monthly owning costs likely throughout the anticipated life of a machine. There appear to be few uncertainties in the calculation, and the major risk is…

Last month, we introduced the total cost diagram as a simple, easy-to-use graphic to define age zones based on the time in the life of a machine when the average cost per hour, life to date, reaches a minimum. (See "…

In my interactions with fleet managers around minimum life-to-date costs and the sweet-spot curve (see “Sweet Spot Revisited”), two valid questions often arise: “How do I explain the concept, and how do I…

Complicated software problems often occur where workflows require one system to “talk” to another so that they can exchange data or perform different parts of the same workflow.

Most of us have been challenged by the interface between our maintenance management software (MMS) and our…

Sometimes we are so tied up with complicated, difficult problems that we overlook the solid fundamentals that make things work. The fleet numbering system is one of those fundamentals. Individual units in your fleet vary tremendously in terms of form, function, size, weight, productive capacity…

Many long and complex discussions have taught me that setting up an effective work-order coding system is more complex than it appears. Two problems occur frequently. First, the list of applicable codes is so long and complex that the final result is full of errors, misinterpretations, and…

Reading, writing, and arithmetic—if you get them right, you will be on your way to great things. The same is true for the repair/rebuild/replace decision. Get it right, and many of the requirements for success fall into place. 

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We work in a very capital-intensive business with razor-thin margins. Ever wondered how it works? Ever wondered whether it was more important to make a profit than to reduce the amount of capital required to accomplish the job?

As with most things, it is a balance. As with most things,…

We spend a lot of time discussing what it costs us to own and operate a particular machine. There is no doubt that this is important, but from a company and strategic level, it is not the final word. We absolutely need to know what it costs us to “own and operate” the equipment account as a…

I had a lot of arguments when I earned my living as a hard-riding, fast-shooting construction engineer. The one I remember most was about cost and the need to reduce cost. Of course it is important to reduce and manage cost. No argument there. But you do not improve cost by agonizing over the…

It used to annoy me when people referred to the equipment division as “the shop.” That does not bother me now because equipment management is a serious business. It has a huge impact on the company as a whole, providing the tools needed to produce work on time and on budget. Without an effective…

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