October 2018

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Maintenance: Improving plant performance by changing a maintenance culture

Over the last 2 yr, the plant maintenance department (PMD) at Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site produced these significant improvements to plant performance.

Reed, D., Eastman Chemical Company; Thompson, M., Evolve Partners

As a leader in maintenance, would you like to have the following results: Increasing a maintenance mechanic’s productivity by more than 20%? Reducing use of onsite continuous contractor labor by more than 20%? Coming in under budget for two consecutive years (if you have not done that for several years prior)? Eliminating internal maintenance barriers to better reliability performance, and building a solid partnership with operations to address additional improvements to reliability? Over the last 2 yr, the plant maintenance department (PMD) at Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site produced these significant improvements to plant performance. Most of these results occurred due

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