TDC - Maintenance Time Category
These are per downtime occurrence entries, but most can be exported from your CMMS. Your existing method of reporting need only meet the TDC recommendations below.
You've heard time can get away from you, well it can cost more than you realize too. The procedure for reporting time related to equipment breakdowns and malfunctions is the most important category of all TDC cost factors. Just minutes in downtime reduction adds up over week, month, year.
Most reporting methods start the downtime clock when maintenance arrives at the scene and stops it when they leave. There should be two start time fields in a maintenance report; estimated time malfunction started, and time maintenance started repair. On some malfunctions labeled "annoyance", the difference between start of malfunction to the start of repair can be quite substantial.
Breaking down the time into various stages will help pull your company out of mind sets that has been costing the industry millions in lost production. This is what makes companies like VersaCall and Wonderware, who cater to automated reporting of production reduction and stoppage so popular.
Your Work orders/CMMS software should have the following time fields and their associated completed date/times...
You will have the information to make more informed decisions about ...
More accurate reporting of times related to occurrence will bring your focus on known major cost factors...
Learn by example; one of VersaCall's customers:
The USPS determined the operational cost of the entire facility to be between $135.00 and $160.00 per minute. They further determined that they could conservatively save ten minutes per 16-hour workday by installing a VT400 system to reduce the down time lost. Data collected and reported by the VT400 system showed that they were, on average, saving a combined 10 minutes over two shifts. This amounts to $1350.00 to $1,600.00 per day, or over $6,750 per 5-day workweek.
As with all the other maintenance data entry categories, procedures must be put in place backed by the support and understanding of management. Neglecting this vital communication function will provide less than acceptable results. A system is useless unless data collection is a well-defined process. A CMMS lives on data.
Revs Up Its Maintenance Savings - Sept. 1997