Autonomous maintenance aims to improve the operational reliability of production equipment by establishing a close level of cooperation between maintenance technicians and operators. Operators have unique insights and knowledge of daily operations that are extremely valuable for maintenance. At the same time, maintenance has a unique understanding of maintenance and functionality. By exchanging and transferring knowledge closer to equipment, undesirable variations can be detected in time and actioned before any faults can develop. Maintenance technicians have a really important role as mentors, teachers and coaches in this work.
Involving operators in the implementation of certain maintenance tasks provides greater opportunities for daily checks and weekly maintenance. Examples of maintenance actions that can be performed by operators include
controls, lubrication, some replacements and basic repair work.
Autonomous maintenance will also free up time for maintenance staff to do more specialized and improvement
maintenance to enhance operational reliability.
Production is responsible for the performance of planned autonomous maintenance according to standard procedures and intervals, the reporting is done according to instructions in the maintenance system. In cases where a deviation is detected during an inspection, it is handled as a follow up job in the maintenance system.