Attention: Maintenance & Reliability Professionals
If it were up to you, there would be no room for inefficiency on your plant floor. You wouldn’t stand for the constant fire fighting and ever-changing priorities.
Nor would you tolerate the problems that take your team’s attention away from their jobs creating excess waste and unnecessary stress.
But the shocking reality is that if an outsider took a look at your plant... he’d quickly label it inefficient… and tell you your maintenance processes were “backwards”.
Now that might seem harsh… someone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of your plant telling you that you are running inefficiently after a quick glance.
But if it seems like no matter how well you plan your workload, things still fall flat… and your team operates under immense pressure... then the inefficiency is obvious.
Anyone with some common sense can tell that “fire-fighting” and reactivity isn’t a sign of a lean-mean and highly efficient plant… and you’ve likely come to the same conclusion.
The trouble is that knowing your plant is inefficient isn’t really enough.
Sure you can see that things could be running better… but do you know how much better?
Can you point out with precise detail the things that need changing… or are you dealing with a broken maintenance planning & scheduling system day after day hoping things work out?
When I’m asked to take a look at a plant I see the same things over and over again.
An overworked, over-stressed team of maintenance workers that struggle through the day so they can collect a paycheck.
A manager that knows things aren’t working as they should but can’t quite put his finger on the problem.
A management team that expects more efficiency and assumes the plant isn’t “working hard enough”.
When things are running at a million miles per minute it’s tough to identify the waste… let alone remove it.
Which is why so many plants have their maintenance planning & scheduling operating at 30% efficiency…while working harder, but achieving much less, than those best-in-class plants that run at 50% productivity.
These plants don’t follow any “top secret” procedures.
The only difference is that they’re able to identify the faults in their systems and make the changes necessary… changes that last.
They don’t walk onto the plant floor each day ignoring the pains of a broken maintenance planning & scheduling system…
They actively search for problems and fix them.
You’ll never see the manager of a top-performing plant worrying anxiously… telling himself “I hope this sorts itself out”.
And if they did… well, then their plant would slowly slide back into an environment of reactivity and inefficiency.
A Straightforward Approach To Assessing The Effectiveness Of Your Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Process
You should be able to say with absolute certainty that your maintenance planning & scheduling is effective and that you are executing your maintenance with high degrees of efficiency.
And if you can’t... well then you need to know what causes the inefficiency.
In an environment where management expects your plant to hit targets, dealing with problems as they pop up or “working through” an issue is not going to cut it.
It might keep you afloat in the short-run but it’s going to cost you and your plant in the long run.
Can you really expect your team to want to work in a plant that’s in a constant state of reactivity?
The problems of a broken maintenance planning & scheduling system don’t just disappear because you and your team have started working harder.
Even if they do resolve themselves they will pop up again a few days or weeks later...
And none of this takes into account the financial loss your plant is experiencing.
You see, if your plant’s maintenance teams operate at 30% productivity the waste this creates is enough to cost your plant thousands of dollars in lost profits.
Over the course of a year that could be hundreds of thousands if not millions in lost profit.
Profit that your management would like to see kept in the business.
You won’t be able to keep that profit by working harder, and bringing in more staff is likely to create even more waste.
Luckily there’s an easy way to assess the efficiency of your maintenance teams.
That’s why I’ve created The Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Self-Assessment Tool Kit using a combination of my 20+ years of experience and industry-leading procedures.
To give you the tools you need to assess the effectiveness of your maintenance planning & scheduling processes.
By understanding where the problems lie you’ll be given a clear picture of what to fix and how to fix it.
Identifying the faults is the first step in getting your plant back on track and this self-assessment tool will give you all the guidance you need.
Here Is A Small Sample Of The Things You’ll Learn:
Why maintenance & reliability is the first step in enabling production efficiency.
A reliable plant will help you achieve higher levels of production boosting profitability without ever compromising on safety… maintenance & reliability is a necessity for every production focused company.
The reasons why an ineffective maintenance planning & scheduling process will prevent you from achieving reliability in your plant.
You need to ensure the right maintenance work is done at the right time… without this, your plant is guaranteed to suffer.
The Basic Elements that make up any maintenance planning & scheduling.
No matter what industry you’re in… these basic elements are crucial for your plant’s maintenance planning and scheduling process.
The key difference between planning and scheduling...
Too many plants misunderstand this difference and it stops them from achieving the maximum return from their planning & scheduling.
Why you must treat your planning & scheduling as a process…
And how repeating the process over and over again is the only way for you to make long-term change.
How to identify your plant’s wrench time…
In a reactive maintenance organization, the typical wrench time is 30%...for every 10-hour workday, each technician only achieves 3 hours of work.
Why a low wrench time can be traced back to your plant’s maintenance planning & scheduling process…
This is not the fault of your workers!
How a typical maintenance organisation can increase its workforce by 35% using effective maintenance planning & scheduling…
Boost your workforce without hiring any additional workers!
How valuable planning & scheduling can be for your organisation…
Management only cares about the dollar value they stand to gain… This toolkit will help you calculate the monetary value at stake from your maintenance planning & scheduling process.
How to use the self-assessment tool in your business to understand the faults of your current maintenance planning & scheduling process.
How to structure this new information in a way that will show your management the value of implementing maintenance planning & scheduling in their organisation...
Once they see what they stand to gain this becomes much easier to do.
You’ll be able to walk through the plant floor with absolute certainty that things need changing and you’ll be able to identify the underlying causes.
Stress and anxiety will no longer be the only proof of a faulty maintenance planning & scheduling system and the self-assessment toolkit gives you the power to quantify your bad feelings with immense precision.
Meet Your Partner
in Efficient Maintenance
Hi, I am Erik Hupjé, founder of the Road to Reliability™ and I will be your course director.
I have over 20 years’ experience in asset management, and specifically managing maintenance & reliability. And during those years I’ve worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, the Sultanate of Oman and Australia. My passion is for continuous improvement and keeping things simple.
Through the Road to Reliability™ I help Maintenance & Reliability professionals around the globe – people like yourself – improve their plant’s reliability and their organisation’s bottom line.
I am a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Practitioner (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).
You’ve Now Reached
You can make one of three choices.
1. You can keep showing up to the broken maintenance & scheduling system that plagues your plants’ production… making decisions on the “feeling” that things aren’t going well.
When it comes time to speak to management about the inefficiency these feelings will be all you have to support your case.
2. You can buy a bunch of complex and lengthy textbooks on maintenance planning & scheduling … spending hundreds of hours learning why your plant is running at suboptimal levels. Then at least you’ll have something to go off when presenting the facts to your management team.
You can only hope these textbooks can show you exactly how to identify the faults of poor maintenance planning & scheduling at your plant.
3. You can purchase the self-assessment toolkit designed to give you an accurate diagnosis of the maintenance planning & scheduling issues in your plant. You’ll be given a step-by-step formula for identifying the problems and be able to present them to management along with the dollar figures.
Your management team will know exactly what’s going wrong and how much it’s costing them at this point... getting them to support your changes becomes a whole lot easier.
Now that you understand your options you need to make a decision.
You can hope things sort themselves out.
Study for hours trying to get a clear picture... or you can get the toolkit that will show you everything you need to know.
The Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Self-Assessment Tool Kit is based on over 20 years of experience in identifying waste and helping turn plants around.
It is by far the easiest way to get a clear picture of your plant’s inefficiencies without needing to spend thousands of dollars on external consultants.
If you think about the costs of an inefficient plant it’s easy to see how spending thousands of dollars might make sense.
As I said, if your maintenance planning & scheduling is operating at 30% or worse then you could be losing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
But you don’t need to throw money at these consultants to get the full picture.
The self-assessment toolkit will give you everything you need to know to get the right diagnosis yourself...and… the self-assessment toolkit won’t cost you thousands of dollars.
In fact, you can get the toolkit today for only $97 and you’ll be able to access the material inside right away!
Now if for some strange reasons $97 seems like too much to help you identify the faults of a broken maintenance planning & scheduling process…
Then you’re welcome to click off this page because this isn’t for you. Besides, you should probably get back to fighting fires on your plant floor.
But if you’re still with me, I want to make it even more of a no-brainer decision for you.
That’s why I’m going to shoulder all of the risk…
I’m offering you my 30-day money-back guarantee on the Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Self Assessment Toolkit.
I’m so convinced you’ll be able to determine the effectiveness of your maintenance planning & scheduling process, be confident with what it’s costing your plant, and be able to present this information to your leadership team in a clear way.
All of which you’ll be able to do in a few moments from now…
That’s why when you claim this toolkit, you do it at zero risk.
I want you to take the next 30 days to see why this is the best $97 you could invest in your plant all year.
Use the Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Self Assessment Toolkit Immediately in your plant, and be amazed just how poorly your maintenance planning & scheduling process is operating.
You’re either completely thrilled with the clarity you have on improving your plant’s efficiency or you can send me an email and I will rush to refund you 100% of your purchase price.
With this Toolkit, you’ll finally have the ability to break out of the constant state of reactivity leaving your high-stress environment behind… for good.
The first step in breaking the cycle of reactivity is knowing what causes it.
Break free from the “fire-fighting” and reactivity today with the self-assessment toolkit!
WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY
An excellent course worth every single penny. I wholeheartedly recommend it to all practitioners, beginners and mature maintenance or operations managers alike, as everyone can benefit from it.
Andrej Androjna - Quantum Consulting, Slovenia
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
"... his newly created Maintenance and Scheduling course was a breath of fresh air...The content he provides is very comprehensive and easy to understand. One of the most useful chapters is how to implement the program, a topic often missing in many courses and trainings...I highly recommend it to any person or company endeavoring to advance their company’s maintenance efficiency and productivity."
Martijn Hadders - Manager Global Maintenance & Asset Management, Henkel
Satisfaction Guaranteed with a
30-day Money Back Guarantee
How many face-to-face courses have you attended where you can walk out after the first day and ask for your money back?
Not many that’s for sure.
But the Road to Reliability™ has been created to help Maintenance & Reliability Professionals around the world.
And I firmly believe in that mission and in the value of serving our community.
I also believe 100% in the quality of this course. So much so that if at any time in the first 30 days of the course you are not happy with the course – for whatever reason – you can simply ask for a full refund and I’ll promptly pay you back 100% of the course fee.
10 Course Modules
Everything You Need to Know:
Welcome to the course
A short module, but very important module. In this module we'll get get you setup for success.
We'll cover course objectives, go into the details of exactly what you'll learn and how we will work together.
In addition I'll give an introduction to the online learning management system. And introduce you to our support staff and where and how to ask for help.
INTRODUCTION TO PLANNING & SCHEDULING
In this module we start the real work. After a brief exploration of the role of maintenance in asset-intensive industries, we'll explore why we need planning & scheduling.
We'll cover the increase in productivity and what that means for the bottom line of the business you work for. But we'll also explore other key benefits of planning & scheduling that are maybe less tangible like workforce motivation and safety.
In the final lesson of the module we touch on some critical characteristics of maintenance work that influence how we set up a successful maintenance planning & scheduling process.
DENTIFY & PRIORITISE WORK
Module 3 is all about work is initiated and prioritised. Fail to get this right and you'll continue to chase your tail and will not get out of the reactive maintenance model.
Most organisations don't realise how critical this step is. Most managers and supervisors don't want to spend the time on getting this right.
In this module I will explain why you don't want to be making that mistake and why putting a lot of effort in creating quality work requests and prioritising them properly is so critical to your success.
And in the last lesson we'll touch on some KPIs that you can use to measure your success.
Module 4 is all about maintenance planning, why it is important and the 6 principles that underpin a sound maintenance planning process.
We'll talk quite a lot about roles & responsibilities because this is where many organisations go wrong. They burden their maintenance planners with work that should be done by others and in doing so they never reach the productivity improvement they were aiming for.
We'll also discuss the level of detail that is required in a maintenance work order, what makes up a good 'work pack' and we'll touch on common mistakes and some useful KPIs.
This is a step in the planning & scheduling process that is not often talked about, but it's key to your success.
Once the work is planned, all materials are ordered, and purchase orders have gone out for external services you need to keep an eye out on when vendors are available, when materials will arrive at site etc.
And when that’s all in place, you need to flag the planned work in your CMMS as 'Ready for Execution' as a handover point to the Scheduler.
Module 6 is all about scheduling. We'll talk about how scheduling is different from planning and why you need both.
We'll discuss 5 basic scheduling principles including why you need to schedule for a Frozen Week. how to build up your Weekly Schedule. And we'll delve in to capacity planning plus we'll talk about some basic scheduling techniques and concepts.
As usual our last lesson in this module will cover KPIs in this case those KPIS that you can use to drive your scheduling process for example Weekly Schedule Compliance.
Module 7 is all about executing the maintenance work that has been planned and scheduled. This is the core of the process and a lot of what we do in planning & scheduling is to drive efficiency in this part of process
We'll focus extensively on the role of the maintenance supervisor. We'll discuss in detail how you need to manage Emergency Work. And we'll touch on how you should be dealing with Emergent Work, the work you discover whilst doing a job.
CLOSE OUT work
Module 8 covers the close out of work. This is where we capture everything that went well and the things that didn't go too well.
We provide feedback to the planner in terms of planning quality, materials etc. and we capture technical history in the CMMS so the reliability engineers can use that information in their continuous improvement programs. We'll also discuss how this links into your Defect Elimination and Root Cause Analaysis processes.
The secret to successful planning & scheduling is a continuous improvement loop and that relies on the proper close-out of work and high quality feedback.
REVIEW & IMPROVE
Module 9 is all about making things better and better or in other words: Continuous improvement and how to build that into your business and your work processes.
We'll delve in to using KPIs to drive performance and the limits to what KPIs can do for you. We'll talk about the need to have a 'process owner' who conducts annual process 'audits' and the value of GEMBA walks.
In Lesson 4 of this module we'll touch on a contentious subject - measuring wrench time. How to do it, when to do it and when not.
IMPLEMENTING PLANNING & SCHEDULING
Module 10 is where this course is really completely different than all the other planning & scheduling courses out there.
In this module we will give you a tried and tested process to implement planning & scheduling in your organisation. We'll cover the business case, change management basics, setting up your project team for success, the need for coaching and each lesson comes complete with practical tools and techniques that are proven to work when it comes to implementing planning & scheduling in a real business environment.
Still have some Questions?
Let's Answer Them
Yes, in addition to the assignments and quizzes that are included in the various modules there is a final, online multiple-choice exam that you need to complete and pass to receive your Certificate of Completion.
You certainly do. When you have successfully completed all Course Modules, all homework assignments, all quizzes and you have passed the final (online) exam you will automatically receive a Certificate of Completion.
I offer a 30-day no questions asked, full refund policy, assuming you have not completed the course. However, once the 30 days have passed no refunds will be given.
No! Not at all, the course will be delivered through a web-based Learning Management System, but all you need is a modern web browser like Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari.
You do need a reasonably reliable internet connection, but as the course material is all pre-recorded you can choose when and where you view or listen to the course content. And on what device as you can access the course on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.
Not yet, at the moment the course is only available in English.
However, there have requests for other language versions like French, Spanish, Arabic and Italian so other language versions are planned for late 2020.
If you sign-up for the English language version and get the Professional or Corporate Edition you will have lifetime access to the course, and that will include other language versions when they become available.
P.S. Getting your Planning & Scheduling in order is really one of the most important steps you can make on the Road to Reliability™. With planning & scheduling you create more stability in your work, increase efficiency and finally make some time for proactive maintenance activities.
With this online Maintenance Planning & Scheduling course there is no reason to wait any longer. You can learn straight from the comfort of your chair and with no need to travel it's more affordable than ever before.