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Team-Working with Operators

It’s all about reducing total downtime using the resources that are available.

At a manufacturing plant in rural Tennessee, when a piece of production equipment goes down the operator stays with it throughout the repair. A supervisor explained that each operator has a specific role to play in assisting with the repair of a given machine.

One machine has a 400 lb arbor that must be lifted out  to permit changing the drive motor. When that task comes up, it’s the operator, not the maintenance tech, who retrieves a sling dedicated to that particular ma

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