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Make the case for ‘lean thinking’ in maintenance

11.01.2011  |  Lamb, R. G.,  Cost Control Systems, LLC, Houston, Texas

What is ‘lean’ for maintenance; should companies use?

Keywords: [maintenance] [software] [scheduling]

Lean is not what it seems. The word “lean” makes most of us think of cutting costs by eliminating waste and people; leaving the survivors to do more work with less. The correct vision of lean is to determine what is truly important to the customer and, accordingly, reshape the maintenance work stream to deliver it. Along the way, wastes and nonvalue-activities drop out, and precious resources are powered up to accomplish newly evolving activities.

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