I’ve worked at places where there’s been no preventative maintenance, it’s all been unplanned downtime and you’re constantly caught in that cycle. At RS, we’re very proactive. We try to identify issues before they occur as unplanned downtime is extremely bad, but planned downtime is good.
Our system supports this. As a team, we’ve got two shifts: an early shift and a late shift. The role of engineering support during operational hours is routine inspections and trying to identify any issues so that they can be rectified in the evening or at weekends.
We have an agility-based maintenance system that generates work orders for us. These tell us what parts of the equipment we need to check to make sure nothing is missed and gives us a routine to do that.
When the late shift come in, they have their job sheets as well and these are more in depth. In the early shift, our tasks are inspection really because the conveyor is running, but at night it’s all planned. The team do routine maintenance to specific parts of the system, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual servicing of the conveyor. This reduces the likelihood of it going down during operating hours.