January 2006

Costs Management

Improve your annual report through maintenance cost control

It is possible to significantly better a firm's bottom line through reliability and maintenance. However, this has rarely been the reality and needs to change

Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

We must act on the reality that annual reports are rarely improved by standard and otherwise important reliability and maintenance improvement programs. This is because the method and skill sets of these programs are very different than those needed to greatly and quickly reduce maintenance cost. This article introduces the set to reduce maintenance cost and explain why the set noticeably impacts the annual report. This gap between possibilities and actualities is highlighted by the fact that maintenance cost is rarely mentioned prominently in annual reports. The characteristics of maintenance cost make this silence deafening. Maintenance is one of the largest fixed costs in many manufac

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