Maintenance planning handbook filled with data to boost plant productivity

New handbook is a ready-to-use, nuts-and-bolts guide to planning and scheduling plant maintenance effectively. The book goes beyond theory, demonstrating how planning fits into maintenance, what principles make it work, and exactly how planning is done.


New handbook is a ready-to-use, nuts-and-bolts guide to planning and scheduling plant maintenance effectively. The book goes beyond theory, demonstrating how planning fits into maintenance, what principles make it work, and exactly how planning is done.

This resource explains how work order planning leads to increased crew productivity and greater overall effectiveness in just about any area of an organization's maintenance program. It defines planning as "the preparatory work given to individual maintenance work orders before assigning them to specific craft persons."

Designed to help plant engineers build a superior maintenance program, the text helps the reader leverage the labor and equipment assets of his company for outstanding plant productivity and profitability. The book discusses the six principles of planning and the six principles of scheduling. It also includes extensive example work scenarios to illustrate each of these principles.

In addition, the book presents strategies for increasing a workforce without hiring but rather by implementing a new maintenance planning group or redirecting an existing one. And, it outlines a highly useful procedure for conducting an inhouse productivity study. Other topics addressed range from the computer in maintenance to work order systems and codes to sample training tests.

Extensive appendices summarize key concepts, identify suppliers, show complete example work studies and planned work orders, and provide other valuable reference sources. Filled with charts, graphs, checklists, forms, and more, this comprehensive handbook is packed with information that the reader can keep on his desk and refer to regularly.

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook by Doc Palmer. Published by McGraw-Hill, 11 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011; 800-722-4726; fax: 614-755-5645; web site: www.books.; e-mail orders; 1999, hardbound, 544 pp. $79.95.

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