Preventative Maintenance Programs

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Preventative Maintenance Best Practices

Among the key best practices of preventative/preventive maintenance program, in any industry, include adoption of an appropriate support system such as computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), efficient preventative/preventive maintenance scheduling, supplies/parts/qualifying vendors for parts, and equipment analysis and equipment usage.

Preventive maintenance best practices

Adoption of an appropriate support system, such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS)

  • Choosing the appropriate support system for each company's preventive maintenance needs, such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), has the advantage of helping prepare preventive maintenance plans such as daily, weekly, up to annual preventive maintenance plans.
  • The right CMMS support system for preventive maintenance plans also provide the right analytical tools and graphs of data to help measure performance, improve efficiencies, and also gives the costs to each preventive maintenance plans the company has implemented.

Efficient preventative/preventive maintenance scheduling

  • Developing an efficient preventative/preventive maintenance scheduling is also important for companies of any industry, by examining and analyzing all gathered findings, in order to create a plan of the frequency of services needed to be conducted.
  • It's also important for companies to create service logs which allow the management to send out email alerts about the scheduled preventative/preventive maintenance and to always remind the concerned department about the scheduled maintenance.

Supplies/parts/qualifying vendors for parts

  • When applying for preventive maintenance programs, it's very important to have available inventories of supplies and parts of equipment/machineries in advance in order to prevent unnecessary downtime of operations.
  • Companies in any industry can also save up with costs of parts or supplies by taking advantage of discounts that aren't available when they purchase on an urgent basis.

Equipment analysis and equipment usage

  • Another best practice of preventative/preventive maintenance is to have a full inventory of all the company's equipment/machineries, such as each make, model and serial numbers of the parts of equipment, maintenance guidelines and specifications which can be found on their owner's manuals.
  • It's also important to establish and record equipment/machinery usage such as machine downtime, meantime-between-failure, costs of replacement, and technician's performance in order to have a gauge of the equipment's functionalities.

Research Strategy

We first researched for best practices for a preventative maintenance program in any industry, using industry sources such as Hippo CMMS, EZ Office Inventory, Mobility Work, Fleetio, MicroMain, EMaint, and MacAllister Machinery, in order to find reports or article of best practices for preventive maintenance of equipment/machinery that applies to any US industry. We found lists of best practices from each of these sources. We then defined "key" and best practices" as those that were repeated among multiple reputable sources. This included information on scheduling maintenance, spare parts and qualifying vendors for parts, equipment analysis and equipment cycles/usages, and the last relevant best practice which is to adopt and choose an appropriate support system.

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Preventative Maintenance Best Practices, Food Processing

Some best practices for a preventative maintenance program, specifically in food processing include the use of proper hygiene processes while maintaining food processing equipment and utilities, obtaining an inventory of materials/equipment, creating a maintenance schedule, adequate documentation of every procedure, among other practices.

  • Best practices on equipment analysis and equipment cycles within the food processing industry include accurate planning of production and scheduling to reduce changeover time-lapse between various production cycles and establishing of hand-over procedures.
  • Some best practices on spare parts and qualifying vendors for components/parts within the food processing industry include storing spare parts properly and keeping track of expenses paid to vendors, stocking specific tools and lubricants, and prioritizing the supplies by the most vital and hardest-to-find down to the least critical ones.


  • According to a 2017 ScienceDirect publication, maintenance can lead to the introduction of contamination into foodstuffs with undesired contaminants such as broken parts, harmful microorganisms, and lubricating fluids from defective bearings. This implies that hygiene should be the top concern during preventive maintenance in food processing plants.
  • A 2017 Food Quality and Safety web publication confirms that food safety (hygiene) is of top concern during preventive maintenance in food processing plants. The article goes further to provide best practices for preventative maintenance programs on how to schedule maintenance.

inventory of materials/equipment

  • The first step in scheduling preventive maintenance in a food processing factory is to make an inventory of every equipment used in the process of food production. This process also involves checking what material is available, how much of it is available, and what will be required. Assessing the risk that every equipment pose is also essential. One can use an asset management solution (software) to prioritize more critical material/equipment, such as the machinery that has a higher potential to impact food safety.
  • According to a 2018 Lensa web publication, General Mills, one of the global food companies engages in inventory management for its preventative maintenance programs. The company recently advertised an inventory management role related to its preventive equipment maintenance plans.

Creating a maintenance schedule

  • Creating a maintenance schedule based on plant operations and the equipment manufacturer’s guide on maintenance is a vital step in a maintenance schedule. It is vital to develop a master schedule as this will allow for easy tracking of important maintenance dates.
  • Coca-Cola Atlanta Syrup Plant utilizes the role of a maintenance schedule planner to schedule maintenance for its production line equipment such as blending equipment, fillers, labelers, cappers, tray packers, palletizers, and stretch wrap machines, etc.

Adequate documentation

  • Aside from executing all maintenance tasks efficiently, one must document every process/procedure diligently. The Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) should be used in keeping these vital documents in a single location and made accessible to members of staff. Every document should contain details regarding the descriptions of how specific machines must be maintained and serviced. It will come to be handy whenever someone new performs the job or some query regarding the procedures get raised.
  • Coca-Cola Philadelphia, PA utilizes someone with the maintenance documentation/planning role and CMMS system as well as computers and associated software programs such as SAP, Word, and Excel to plan maintenance activities and also develop maintenance documents.

Choosing a leader for the preventative maintenance program

  • Food Quality and Safety web recommend that someone is made accountable and responsible for the process of conducting all the maintenance programs. Making someone responsible for the process is necessary because some staff members may feel like skipping specific maintenance procedures to get their job done faster when there is no supervision.
  • General Mills Hannibal, Missouri utilizes a person with the role of "Maintenance Lead" to supervise its preventative maintenance program.

Keeping supplies handy

  • Tools are required to service and maintain various plant equipment. These tools and spare parts, as well as multiple types of lubricants needed should be made readily available.
  • General Mills has a storeroom and inventory of the various available spare parts found in the store.

details of maintenance records

  • Maintaining details of maintenance records can serve as evidence whenever the production facility is inspected or audited in line with safety standards. They can also come in handy in periods of sudden equipment breakdown.


  • Some best practices on equipment analysis and equipment cycles within the food processing industry include accurate planning of production and scheduling to reduce changeover time-lapse between various production cycles and establishing of hand-over procedures.
  • An example of a company utilizing accurate planning of production and scheduling to reduce changeover time-lapse between various production cycles and establishing of hand-over procedures is Nestle USA. According to a 2018 Lensa web publication, Nestle utilizes the role of "Processing Team Member" who participates in shift handover meetings and other improvement activities to reduce changeover time-lapse between various production cycles.


  • Processors are required to understand the potential risks involved in being down due to a part or equipment failure. For example, it may be worth maintaining a unit by implementing a temporary fix where the required part will be delivered within some hours.
  • The Coca-Cola brand has appropriate risk management and monitoring parameters to enforce effective risk management, as well as internal control processes.


  • Some best practices on spare parts and qualifying vendors for components/parts within the food processing industry include storing spare parts properly and keeping track of expenses paid to vendors, stocking specific tools and lubricants, and prioritizing the supplies by the most vital and hardest-to-find down to the least critical ones.


To gain insights into some preventative maintenance program best practices utilized in food processing, research included food processing industry reports, news articles, industry expert interviews, and academic articles. We researched for preventative (also referred to as preventive) maintenance program best practices, specifically in the food processing industry. Examples of a company utilizing each best practice were searched, as well as best practices on how to schedule maintenance. In addition, best practices in dealing with spare parts and qualifying vendors for parts or equipment analysis and equipment cycles was researched. Unfortunately, no such comprehensive report was unearthed.

Subsequently, the study was divided into several pieces in researching for granular details such as preventive maintenance program best practices, specifically in the food processing industry. A step by step approach revealed recommended practices from Science Direct and Food Quality and Safety Web among other sources. Although the word "best" was not used to define some unearthed practices, we assumed they were best practices when implemented by highly successful companies in the food processing industry.

We assumed that companies such as Coca-Cola, General Mills, Nestle among other companies are successful companies and their utilization of these recommended practices qualify them for best practices.
  • General Mills is present in the United States and over 100 countries and markets with over 100 consumer brands. Some brands of General Mill include Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso and more. The headquarters of General Mills is in Minneapolis, USA. The company had a global net sales amount of $15.6 billion in 2017.
  • The Coca-Cola Company is one of the world's largest beverage company. The company has over 500 brands in over 200 countries.
  • Nestle claims to be the world's biggest food and beverage company. The company has 2000 brands ans is present in about 191 countries.
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Preventative Maintenance Best Practices, Chemical Processing

The best practices of the preventive maintenance program, in Chemical Processing, include the adoption of an appropriate support system, such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), availability of parts in advance, maintaining good relations with Vendors.




  • It is advised to leave some wiggle room in the preventive maintenance program, for spare parts that may work fine before they’re powered down, but then fail on startup.
  • Accounting for lead times on parts like valves, gauges, and transmitters are the key to a successful preventive measure program.
  • The key is starting with the desired finish date and planning backward.
  • In chemical processing, businesses must work toward honing their spare parts inventory as much as possible without compromising the insurance these components provide asset uptime.





  • Chemical processing plants use equipment that needs to function in a highly precise and repeatable fashion to ensure that the product is made to specification.
  • The consequence of machine failures in the chemical processing industry is significant because repair work may take many hours or days and there is often a lack of equipment redundancy.
  • For these reasons, it’s important that continuous improvement has a heavy emphasis on helping the plants to migrate up the failure curve through a preventive maintenance program focused on maintaining the inherent reliability of the entire system.
  • Additionally, scheduled outages and major turnarounds must be well planned, coordinated, and executed to avoid major delays.
  • Finally, when there is a failure, the plant must have a well-defined work management process in order to properly prioritize, plan, schedule, and execute all maintenance work.


  • Preventive maintenance scheduling should not occur too frequently, and neither should it occur too late.
  • When preventive maintenance occurs too frequently, maintenance labor costs outweigh the threat posed by machine deficiency or outright failure.
  • Spacing scheduled preventive maintenance too far apart has its obvious consequences, like unintentionally allowing a small deficiency to exacerbate unnoticed.



We first researched for best practices for a preventative maintenance program in chemical processing industry, using industry-related websites such as Hippo CMMS, EZ Office Inventory, Mobility Work, Fleetio, MicroMain, EMaint, and MacAllister Machinery, CSI Designs, Chemgen Online, and Process Magazine in order to find reports or articles about best practices for preventive maintenance of equipment/machinery, that applies to any US industry. It was ensured that the data is only for preventive and not for predictive maintenance programs.

We found the info but it was not available to be presented directly hence we then defined "key" "best practices" as those that were repeated among multiple reputable sources. The info was also not available for chemical processing specifically hence the data from each presented source was extracted only when it includes chemical processing industry. This included information on scheduling maintenance, spare parts and qualifying vendors for parts, equipment analysis and equipment cycles/usages and to adopt and choose an appropriate support system.

To find out some companies in the chemical processing that utilizes the above mentioned best practices or best practices of their own, we looked into sources like Chemical Processing, Control Global, and BLS for articles or precompiled info on some US-based companies utilizing best practices and found a list of top US chemical companies and their market shares however no data relevant to the request could be extracted.
We also looked for reports from Bain, McKinsey, and Deloitte among others to find out the top US companies that are awarded for utilizing best practices however no such reports were found instead reports on Industry market research, statistics, data, trends, or forecasts were found which again did not yield any results.
Next, we expanded our research to look for companies worldwide that have operations in the US and again ended up findings sources wherein top chemical processing companies in the world were mentioned based on their total production or other measurable metric but nothing on best practices. We also considered this strategy and looked into companies like Dupoint, Eastmen Chemicals, and Westlake Chemicals which had their operations in the US. We looked into them individually and scanned through their websites in search of common points which can e presented as a key practice when it comes to the preventative maintenance program, however, no such data was found. Instead, usual fin and annual reports and company press releases were found which did not have any specific data relevant to the request.

As our last strategy, we checked for each and every individual best practice listed in the findings hoping to find the names of companies that are practicing them in multiple articles and blogs. We also referred to multiple senior management statements and podcasts from the chemical industry worldwide to check if they are referring to any particular practice in common. For this strategy, we looked into sources like LinkedIn, Inspection Ring, Chemical Processing Padcast, Aiche, and Industrial Info. While the info on company statements on revenue or growth of the industry were found, info was not available on any such company senior officials or the company itself making the statements on best practices for a preventative maintenance program.

Based on our three strategies attempted, it is determined that the info on how the chemical processing companies are utilizing best practices for a preventative maintenance program, is not made available to the public by any of the chemical processing company (US/Global) in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals. Companies wish to keep the data confidential and have ensured that their practices remain unknown.
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Preventative Maintenance Best Practices, Forest/Wood Processing

The best practices for a preventative maintenance program, specifically in forest/wood processing, are daily inspections, fluid/fuel analysis, utilizing a dealer, operator training, and schedule repair maintenance. An example of a company that has successfully utilized the best practices is Bennet Lumber Products.

Preventative maintenance program in forest/wood processing

1. Daily inspections

  • Before the beginning of the workday, operators should begin with a machine walk. This ensures everything is in order before beginning each workday.
  • Operators should review pins and bushings, hoses and fittings, and identify leaks. Hydraulic hoses and belts should also be checked for wear and tear and be replaced if damaged. Examining electrical components and electrical connectors and wiring is also important. Monitoring for any cuts or scars, as well as signs of water damage on the connectors, is recommended. Tires should also be carefully checked, ensuring they are properly inflated and ready for the unpredictable terrain ahead.
  • Once the check-up is finished, the operator should then assume their position in the machine and double-check secondary exits to make sure they are well lubricated and tightly sealed. To avoid downtime, loggers should inspect machines daily to catch small problems before they become significant issues.
  • It is important to clean the radiator regularly to keep airflow moving freely through the core, allowing for the most heat to be removed. Modern engines also have air coolers that supply air to the intake manifold and coolers for fuel but they can negatively impact performance if not kept clean and in good working order.
  • Bennet Lumber Products Co. is a family-owned company founded in 1939. They work closely with the Idaho Department of Lands to assure that best practice management and maintenance are met with their forest activities, including daily maintenance of their equipment. They have received recognition as 'Forest Practice of the Year' from the Idaho Department of Lands for their management on Moscow Mountain. (S5)

2. Fluid/fuel analysis

  • It is imperative for the machines/equipment that the quality and cleanliness of fuel is at peak productivity. Operators should carefully examine how fuel is being delivered and take samples upon arrival in a clean, white or clear container. Make sure the fuel tanks in the machine are debris-free and the fuel itself is bright and clear, as rubble in a machine can cause costly mechanical issues.
  • Check the engine coolant regularly to ensure it is the right concentration to keep the machine running cool and prolong engine life.
  • Sample oil regularly to help "protect engine components, ensure optimum performance, and extend engine life. It establishes a baseline for normal wear for a specific component, detects contaminants and failed seals between components, and can help detect problems that can be corrected at much less cost than major repairs and overhauls associated with catastrophic failure."
  • Analyze oil, coolant and hydraulic fluids for wear indicators.
  • All fluid levels should be checked to ensure that they are at the proper mark so that the machine can operate in top condition. Low fluid levels cause early wear on parts and can create friction hazards.

3. Utilize a dealer

  • Loggers should work with their dealer to create a regimented maintenance plan that works for them. A dealer can be the most valuable resource to help educate about machine maintenance for a profitable business.
  • Dealers are a loggers’ biggest ally in helping with understanding the complexity and challenges of the logging industry and planning appropriately for optimal machine uptime and profitability.
  • The dealer will be able to walk through all of the options, helping the logger identify the best package for their business.
  • Warren CAT, one of North America largest dealers of CAT machinery for forest wood processing, have their own equipment maintenance program for each type of equipment. This allows companies that buy their equipment to trust the responsibility of their equipment maintenance to the highly-trained technicians of Warren CAT.

4. Operator training

  • It is important to continuously provide training and education to the employees. Empowering the crew to learn new maintenance tips as well as the basic inner workings of the machines gives them ownership and ensures that machines are properly maintained.
  • Use this time to listen to the crew and ensure they have all the necessary gear to keep them safe. Consider implementing a refresher course for employees. A few topics to discuss include checklists for proper daily and weekly inspections, maintenance activities and operating tips.
  • Operating practices dramatically impact performance and component wear. Teach your operators to help reduce operating costs.
  • Bennet Lumber Products Co. requires all contracted loggers to be become accredited with the Associated Logging Contactors' Pro-Logger training program in Idaho, or the Washington Contract Loggers Association's Master Logger Program. Completion of the University of Idaho's Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) course and the state's Best Management Practices training course is mandatory.

5. Schedule repair/maintenance

  • Good scheduling helps you make sure critical maintenance gets done and keeps your operation as productive as possible.
  • Do not "extend maintenance intervals without the validation provided by regular fluid sampling reports." Improperly extending maintenance intervals may increase wear on internal components. Ignoring warning indicators and continuing to operate a machine under those conditions may lead to catastrophic failure.
  • Logging equipment is operated under dirty conditions. Forest debris is a constant menace. It presents a considerable fire hazard when in contact with areas that reach a potential ignition temperature of approximately 2 320ºC (4,500ºF). Debris accumulations should be monitored daily and removed often. The best practice is to remove the debris by hand daily and to remove it completely at least weekly.
  • Warren CAT has a condition monitoring program. It is a scheduled maintenance of their service experts which execute critical inspections on a regular basis, conducting walkarounds and technical analysis of their equipment, and performing preventative maintenance tasks.

Research Strategy:

To determine the best practices for a preventative maintenance program, specifically in forest/wood processing, we started by searching through articles from Wood Business, Caterpillar Inc, WhayneWalker, TigerCat, and WarrenCat. Most of those articles are found from companies that manufacture, develop, and market machinery and equipment that are used in forest wood processing. As those manufacturers are well versed with their machine/equipment we assumed that they were the best way to get the best practices for a preventative maintenance program in forest/wood processing. Each of the best practices was determined based on the amount of mentions in those articles.

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Supply Chain Management Best Practices, Vendors

The best practices for identifying and qualifying vendors in supply chain management are considering price/costs, quality standards, vision or thought leadership and partnership strength.


  • Price checking of vendors is important in vendor valuation or is a key criterion in identifying vendors to reduce the supply chain costs.


  • In identifying a vendor, one has to inquire how potential vendors keep high standards of functionality, how they will assist their partners in meeting their set benchmarks and providing the quality they will provide.


  • Vision is one of the key criteria in selecting vendors. Also, the company's general message is important in looking for vendors as this reflect in best-in-class providers.


  • As one of the general rules to consider in choosing a reliable vendor, one need to check how they are established in their partnerships or clients as companies want to work with the best providers. Therefore, it is better to check who has already partnered with the vendor and also check for any reviews.

tips/key criteria to consider when selecting vendor/serves as additional findings

  • Companies use vendor evaluation tools to compare vendors under different criteria such as price, delivery reliability, delivery date adherence, and the quality of the item.
  • Supply chain leaders use key criteria in selecting supply chain planning technology vendor such as functionality, technology, usability, cost, customer support, viability, and vision.
  • Based on industry leaders like Gartner, Amazon, and Accenture, a list of best practices was created for selecting best supply chain technology vendors with the use of Vendor Selection Checklist, which includes steps such as scalability and simplicity of integration, quality standards, thought leadership, partnership strength, and security.
  • To identify and rank vendors, use the following steps; vendor inventory, critical vendor criteria development, testing vendor rating system, documenting and improving the rating system.
  • There are ways of rating vendors critically such as the use of tribal knowledge of employees, consult business impact analyses results, rank vendors in order of how much is spent with them and question how critical the vendor’s part or service is to the business. 
  • Important factors that should be considered in selecting supply chain software vendor should be the length of time a provider has been around, their number of clients, and the size of their reach (local/national/global).
  • Research Strategy

    With the useful data we found related to best practices, tips, and criteria in selecting vendors under supply chain management on websites such as the Balance Small Business, Gartner, and Dear Systems, we chose those that are directly from industry experts or those that are repeated among multiple reputable sources. With this strategy, we have listed the best practices as price/costs, quality standards, and partnership strength.

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    • "As part of preventive maintenance, the equipment’s overall condition and integrity are assessed, frequently requiring the dismantling of equipment. Subsequent servicing often requires further break-in to the system, with the result that preventive maintenance may in itself become a food contamination hazard"
    • "In this chapter, we aimed to provide food manufacturers and maintenance operators with guidance in the implementation of appropriate hygiene procedures during the maintenance of food processing equipment and utilities."
    • "1. Take inventory of equipment. The first and foremost step is to take inventory of all the equipment used for food production. Check what you have, how much you have, and what you need. At the same time, assess the risk that each equipment poses. Use asset management software to prioritize more important equipment, like the machinery that will have a higher potential impact on the safety of food, and those critical to food production in general."
    • "2. Create maintenance schedule based on operations. Follow the manufacturer’s guide on how to maintain different equipment to the T and you won’t face too many maintenance issues. This guide is generally broken down into daily, monthly, and annual maintenance categories. Go through them carefully and create a master schedule, which will allow you to track important maintenance dates. You must also consider how maintenance will fit into your operational schedule in the best manner possible—is shutting down the production one day prior to maintenance a good idea or should you work on them on a rotation?"
    • "3. Document every procedure. Apart from executing maintenance tasks efficiently, you must document all the procedures diligently. Computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) ensures in keeping these documents in one location and being accessible to the staff. Every document must contain detailed descriptions of how each machine must be maintained and serviced. This will come in handy when someone new takes over the job or some query is raised regarding the procedures."
    • "4. Choose a leader. Make someone accountable and responsible for conducting all the maintenance programs. If you do not assign authority to someone, the staff may be tempted to skip certain maintenance procedures at times to get the job done faster due to no supervision. Ensure that you give authority to someone who is responsible, has knowledge of food safety, and is dedicated towards the same."
    • "5. Keep supplies handy. You need tools to service and maintain various equipment. These specific tools may include spare parts, various types of lubricants required to service different parts of food production equipment, etc. It is recommended to have some supplies ready, especially if they are hard to find. Ensure that you store such spare parts properly and keep track of expenses at every stage. Prioritize the supplies based on the most necessary and hardest-to find-materials to the least critical ones with the help of work order software."
    • "6. Keep detailed maintenance records. Maintain detailed records of equipment maintenance. These records act as an evidence whenever your facility is inspected or audited for safety standards. They also come in handy to understand what went wrong with an instrument, in case it breaks down suddenly. Traceability is critical in the food industry and maintenance records help achieve it."
    • "As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$15.6 billion during fiscal 2017. "
    • "EOE/Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabilities Responsibilities require the incumbent to gain functional expertise in manufacturing plant engineering to virtually deliver Equipment maintenance plans (Reliability Engineering); Spare parts inventory management (Storeroom Inventory Management); Plant process and equipment automation (Controls Engineering); and Plant performance analysis and reporting (Systems Engineering"
    • "Learn to identify essential spare parts to be stocked to bring down repair time at lowest inventory cost"
    • "Perform data analysis on storeroom inventory for different plants Learn to analyze and reduce storeroom inventory cost in a sustainable way where required"
    • "Demonstrated experience in the Store Room Inventory Management of working in plants on the Shop Floor"
    • "COMPANY DESCRIPTION The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, offering over 500 brands to people in more than 200 countries. "
    • "JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Schedule maintenance activities for production line equipment including blending, fillers, cappers, labelers, tray packers, palletizers, stretch wrap machines, conveyors, and associated control systems."
    • "Manage predictive and preventive maintenance of production equipment and schedule required corrective actions."
    • "Utilize Maximo/SAP PM to plan, schedule, print, document time, and manage WO's from inception through completion."
    • "Preventative maintenance is to be performed and documented on all machinery on a regular basis to ensure efficient production operations and compliance with governing legislation"
    • "OB DESCRIPTION POSITION OVERVIEW: The Maintenance Lead provides safety and servant-based leadership to achieve breakthrough production results on their line/system. The Maintenance Lead is responsible for building capability in Operating Teams and Equipment Owners. "
    • "Planning & Scheduling: Plans, schedules and assigns all work (Corrective Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance) for the line prioritizing as it relates to addressing top stops/losses. Including shutdown planning."
    • "Plans/Schedules/Coordinates plant preventative maintenance, work order requests, third party service providers and other maintenance activities. Maintains the facility CMMS system. Audits the effectiveness of maintenance work."
    • "Use computers and associated software programs such as SAP, Word and Excel to plan maintenance activities and develop training documents. •Track metrics, performance, and efficiency of work scheduled using spreadsheets and graphs as well as document in report format, powerpoint slides, and on bulletin boards. •Read and comprehend technical manuals, service manuals, diagrams, blueprints and schematics. "
    • "Accurate production planning and scheduling is critical for a company to reduce changeover time between production cycles, minimize wasted materials and run effective manufacturing practices. Additionally, the data that can be mined from past manufacturing cycles is incredibly valuable. "
    • "Historical data allows you to better forecast lead times, develop a consistent and accurate purchasing calendar, guide your sales team with better inventory information, improve your maintenance scheduling and address issues before they start cutting into profits."
    • "Clearly, production planning and scheduling is a key aspect of any food company’s operations. Below, we highlight some processes and tools that leading food companies make sure of to better manage their manufacturing processes to keep their costs low and increase profit margins."
    • "Master Production Schedule Planning Master Production Schedule (MPS) is what food manufacturers use to plan for all the material, labor and equipment they need for production. You may currently be running individual plans that handle different aspects of the production processes, but it is the MPS plan that brings all of those aspects together. "
    • "Batch Management Once your materials are in the warehouse, being able to tell how and when they should be used is of the utmost importance. This is where batch management comes in. Batch management is what controls how your various materials are used throughout production. "
    • "The maintenance program should also include spare parts. All processors need to maintain a spare parts inventory to keep the plant running smoothly. However, it is impossible to keep a backup for every single unit in a plant. There are cost, space and management issues. This is another situation where risk assessment can be used effectively. Processors need to understand the potential risks of being down because of a part or equipment failure. For example, is it worth maintaining a unit with a temporary fix if the instrument or part can be delivered within a few hours?"
    • "Processors should also establish a hand-over procedure. Whenever repairs are made, quality should look over the unit in question to ensure that it is clean, the work has been done properly and the unit is ready to go. Quality must then sign off on the repairs prior to restarting production operations. To ensure everything is done properly, everyone involved in the program needs to be trained on procedures. Training should be based on established protocols and fully documented. Finally, the company needs to establish internal audit protocols to verify that each of the procedures is being done properly and is documented."
    • "Reviewing and approving the annual business plan Setting appropriate risk parameters and monitoring to ensure that effective risk management and internal control processes are in place"
    • "Nestle | Participate in shift handover meetings and other continuous improvement activities.Attend all required meetings and trainings as directed."