GGR are practical and results-orientated - and plan with clients to achieve lasting benefits whilst recognising potential obstacles.

Objectives for any plant or equipment are likely to include some or all of these:

  • High plant reliability and availability
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Safe operation
  • Pollution risks minimised
  • Reduced scrap and waste
  • Consistent quality
  • Improved setting and changeovers
  • Correct spare holdings

For any of these that are important, you need to have measures so that you know how well you are doing and whether you are improving. Looked at another way, an RCM-based approach can help improve performance by identifying, prioritising and then tackling obstacles such as:

  • Safety and pollution issues
  • Unreliable plant
  • Low throughputs
  • Inappropriate preventive maintenance
  • High waste / poor quality
  • Slow changeovers
  • Inappropriate spares holdings
  • Poor plant knowledge
  • High maintenance costs
  • Unhelpful attitudes

Do any of these obstacles to progress affect you? If so, have a look at possible approaches.