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If you have to incur downtime on a $300/hour line so that a $9,000/hr line stays running, so be it.

Where to Use Maintenance Resources

Busy does not mean effective, nor does it mean productive.

Not all work the maintenance department does is maintenance, and not all maintenance work is of equal value. It might seem that if everyone in maintenance is busy the plant is being properly maintained. But this way of looking at things doesn’t take into account priorities or timing. Busy does not mean effective, nor does it mean productive.

For example, maintenance techs might be kept busy doing things unrelated to keeping the most critical equipment running, while resources

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