Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Takeaway: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a process that maximizes the productivity of equipment for its entire life cycle and will extend the life of the equipment.   Evolution of Maintenance How we approach equipment maintenance has evolved. TPM provides a framework for extending the life of equipment and improving reliability. It does this through the participation of all employees …

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Takeaway: Measurement is at the heart of all improvement and sustainment. Imagine you’re hiking in a vast forest. A thick canopy of trees blocks much of the sun as you search out trails leading to a campsite where you plan on spending the night. You know the campsite is two miles North of where you parked your car. You proceed …

Glass Wall Management For Accountability & Engagement

Takeaway: Glass wall management is necessary for accountability, and engagement. It keeps the entire team on task and confident. Lack of glass wall management can lead to deception and misuse of authority positions for self-gain.  “Glass wall management,” also called visual management refers to how information within a company is shared. Key Performance Indicators are visual for all to see. …

Wilco Contractors: An Equipment Management Case Study

Executive Summary Wilco Contractors specializes in open-space site development in Canada and has been a leader in the industry for nearly three decades. Wilco excels at project management, the construction of parks, sports facilities, environmentally sensitive site developments, as well as civil infrastructure developments. Business Challenges Although Wilco has seen success over many years in a competitive industry, there had been …

Watercare Uses Innovative Solutions to Improve Safety of Manholes

Watercare Services Limited is the largest organization in NZ providing Water and Wastewater Services. It serves more than 1.3 million people in Auckland region. Watercare is concerned with safe, reliable, outstanding and affordable services for all while maintaining the best industry practices. The aim of “MH Safety Grills Project” was to install safety grills on approximately 15,000 manholes of the …

Using Mobile Data Collection to Manage Contractors

Managing Third Party Contractors While prime contractors understand that proper third party contractor management leads to an increase in the value of the services received, most companies do not broadly manage their sub-contractors’ performances due to the labour and resources it would seemingly involve. Across a large project, this lost value can work out to a few percentage points of …

How Equipment Managers Can Improve Communication and Response Time

Construction management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion. It is aimed at meeting a client’s requirement in order to produce a functionally and financially worthwhile project. An ever-increasing role in construction management is that of the equipment manager. Their responsibilities include making sure that equipment investments are being maximized through the use …

How Inventory Management Software Can Help Reduce Costs

Inventory management software has proven to be the definitive solution to avoid product overstock and low stock balances. It is a tool for organizing inventory data that before was generally stored in hard-copy form or in spreadsheets. Inventory management software helps to reduce carrying costs and establish a desirable re-order point. The software is used to track products, parts, and …