Reward a Well Done PM

[tweetmeme source=”leanisgood” service=”ow.ly” only_single=false]Most maintenance departments I have been in have developed over the years, little kingdoms or empires built up by well meaning craftsmen or supervisors. They begin with the usual reward system in place which gives strokes for a job well done. Continue reading

Maintenance and TPM and Continuous Improvement

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One of the bigger questions your maintenance staff will be asking about TPM is what’s in it for me? I get to train operators in doing portions of my job; operators get to do PM type inspections. What this means to me is my job is leaving and the operator is going to be doing it and I just showed him how. Why would I as a craftsman show any one how do what has taken me years to learn? What is in for me? Continue reading

Autonomous Maintenance

[tweetmeme source=”leanisgood” service=”ow.ly”]Autonomous Maintenance, one of the 6-8 pillars of TPM. This is where most implementations I have seen or been a part of begin. I am sure you have heard the usual buzzwords of TPM is a culture change, it’s not a program, slogram, flavor of the current administration. Yes it should be a culture change and TPM should avoid all of the other partially successful quality initiatives that have been doomed in your facility. Continue reading

Lean Haiku – A Raised Hand

Photo by Viqi French under Creative Commons Attribution

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I refuse to give up on something after one try so here is my second attempt at lean haiku.  If you missed my first try here it is with a brief explanation of my motivation.  This one is called a raised hand.

he raises his hand

nobody cares to answer

this place really blows! Continue reading