April 2002

Special Report: Plant Design and Retrofitting

Should you change to contract maintenance and operations?

Here are the major considerations and contractor evaluation tips

Price, B., Polaris Veritas Inc.

One of the many well-worn avenues toward improvement and cost reduction in the maintenance area is to use "contract labor." This allows the owner much greater flexibility both in day-to-day operation and in the size and composition of the crews being used. To see a contrasting mindset, take a backward glance to the 1920s. Then, several of the major machinery manufacturers supplying the clothing businesses even had workshops dedicated to making their own special oil cans for internal use. In that environment, using internal labor was a valid solution. Today's revised viewpoint appears to be that we should concentrate on our core products and skills; i.e., everything deemed per

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