MaintMaster blog - 12 February 2019

Maintenance at Linnaeus University

Maintenance at Linnaeus University

Johan Peterson met engineers at Linnaeus University in Växjö to talk about maintenance and reliability and achieving sustainable, safe and increased productivity. The theme of the day was “50% less downtime – the right information at the right time provides control, safety, utility and value”.

Maintenance is often thought of as repairing what’s broken, a quite old-fashioned mindset. We understand that a maintenance department means much more than that, and that a focus on preventive and improvement maintenance is worth a lot. To achieve cost-efficient maintenance, the department must identify upcoming activities, and plan and prepare for them.

It’s not always easy to explain maintenance, as there are many definitions and interpretations of the concept. Interpretations often vary with factors such as the industry and position within an organization. For a technician performing a practical maintenance task, the term maintenance might mean replacing a coupling between a motor and a pump, while for someone in management, the term might instead mean a tool designed to increase competitiveness, productivity and profitability.

So, Johan used our maintenance handbook to explain the importance of everyone having the same relationship to maintenance, regardless of their level or position in the organization, and how important it is to have a vision and a strategy everyone works towards. Both maintenance and production personnel need to cooperate in order to develop into a modern maintenance organization.

Today, we have new demands on organizations and skills in a company that’s transitioning to Industry 4.0. Not least since we often use a mix of older non-connected and newer connected equipment. Accordingly, the demand on maintenance is also increasing. It has never been more important to have a vision, a goal and a strategy in order to bring all the pieces together.

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Phone: +46 31 712 6622