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The Pros and Cons of Maintenance Strategy Centralization

4 April 2018 by Add Energy

Aligning maintenance by building a suite of Planned Maintenance Strategies is a critical part of achieving maintenance excellence. In order for maintenance to be executed correctly, scheduled efficiently and budgeted effectively, it is important that Maintenance Strategies are aligned so there is a minimum standard of how to maintain common equipment types across similar applications.  


The alignment of Maintenance Strategies have a number of critical benefits but also some barriers to consider prior to implementing:

Benefits of Maintenance Alignment:

  • Assets can capture and share best practice maintenance
  • Allows you to analyze performance management through better consistency of KPI’s
  • Enables optimization of maintenance across the assets
  • Improves equipment integrity & reliability through a consistent technical justification
  • Personnel can be transferred between assets effectively and efficiently due to a common approach and standards to maintenance
  • Provides compliance with Corporate Standards across the assets (less audit effort required)
  • Facilitates the adoption of a common Maintenance Strategy template
  • Allows access to the “Big Picture” rather than individual Asset Groups
  • Facilitates the adoption of a common Document Control method
  • Creates a base line for benchmarking across assets to identify best practice and poor performance per equipment type
  • Highlights the areas where maintenance on similar equipment is executed differently
  • Identifies gaps in planned maintenance
  • Ensure that all maintenance activities align with departmental service delivery strategies
  • Identifies the areas where greatest benefit can be gained
  • Can act as a business case to attain budget for further investigation such as root cause analysis and PMO projects

Challenges to Maintenance Alignment

  • Ownership and management of strategies is taken away from the branch office and handed to the discipline specific technical authority
  • Resistance from assets who believe they have unique, best practice in place
  • Requires rigor in management of change and control of deviation processes
  • Requires significant effort and “buy in” from the asset based personnel to implement

It is clear that the benefits of maintenance strategy centralization outweigh the pitfalls, however it is important that you are aware of the challenges that you will likely come up against before you embark on this project.


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