Routing maintenance is a beneficial practice for maintenance teams, allowing them to maximize efficiency, productivity and safety by grouping smaller jobs together.
Add Energy's Hossein Ghavimi shares why this is an important process in maintenance management, as well as his tips and suggestions on how to successfully implement 'routing' methods in your maintenance regime...
What is routing maintenance and what are its benefits?
Routing maintenance is when you group short duration jobs for like equipment, usually within proximity to each other. This is beneficial for four main reasons:
- Time is optimised, so engineers spend more of their day actually executing maintenance.
- You only need to raise one permit to do this work. This reduces overheads related to multiple permits, for example administrative time or wasted effort on paperwork that isn't required.
- One work order will be generated for multiple equipment and will only need to be signed off once, reducing administrative burden.
- It will ultimately help you to achieve your PM compliance KPI as well as reducing overdue maintenance, as it makes the work easier to execute
Tips for effective routing maintenance:
There are a couple of rules or tips I’d recommend when it comes to routing your maintenance:
- Only short jobs that are around 15-30 minutes per equipment (e.g. emergency lighting function test, gas detector function test, vibration monitoring, etc.) should be put into a route.
- If a job is a longer duration, a separate job should be created per equipment, to minimise the size of the job.
- Do not limit yourself to routes that can only be carried out within a shift, as this will just cause more jobs to be generated in your system and ultimately more paperwork.
- Ensure you plan supplementary jobs and resources (e.g. scaffolding, rigging, lagging, etc.) in advance to ensure there is enough time to complete the supplementary jobs before the main job can proceed.