Creating an autonomous maintenance program is a great way to increase machine up-time and focus on more strategic machine maintenance programs. Getting the operators involved in clean, inspect and lubricate (CIL) maintenance task keeps the line running smoother. Operators learn a bit more about what is "under the hood" of each machine, which makes them better machine operators.
The biggest benefit, however, is freeing up time for your maintenance team to focus on preventive maintenance strategies, which helps to avoid breakdowns and makes your manufacturing process more predictable.
Here are some quick tips on how to get operators more involved in your machine maintenance activities.
1) Simple Tools
Operators are focused on ensuring the line is running smoothly. If any tasks are added, it can create stress and confusion. Ensure the tools you use to execute machine inspections and collect data are as simple as possible.
Maintenance Manager offers a highly intuitive user experience featuring big buttons and a simple navigation. Customers create forms based on templates that feature powerful data capture fields including photos, eSignatures and more ...
2) Schedule & Assign
If you don't schedule it and make staff accountable, it is not going to happen. Schedules need to be easily accessible so that staff can find them easily. Also, making schedules "public" to your staff increase accountability. Staff know that they are being "monitored" not only by management but also by their peers.
Maintenance Manager is accessible on virtually any device. Our customers use inexpensive android tablets for each line or work area. Each tablet is "bookmarked" to the respective line so staff simply click the app icon, login and view their line's inspection schedule. No more excuses.
3) Provide Instructions
Operators are not maintenance staff, so a little hand-holding for maintenance tasks can be very well received. Use information boxes in forms to provide detailed instructions for the tasks. Photos, step-by-step guides, and PPE checklist are handy. Staff can skip these tutorials as they become more confident and comfortable with the tasks.
We hope this information has helped. Offloading simple maintenance tasks to machine operators can have a huge impact on machine downtime/uptime, staff engagement and OEE.
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