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Opportunity Maintenance- A point of view: Part 1

By Gopal Krishna

Opportunity Maintenance (OM) is the term we are using to describe an opportunity window of maintenance for the machines by virtue of breakdown with another machine(s). In this article let us discuss about the event for opportunity window, how maintenance tasks can be identified and execute within this time frame and finally look at the challenges posed for doing opportunity maintenance.

Detailed Analysis
For an opportunity maintenance window to occur there must have been failure / unscheduled stoppage of a machine which has resulted in partial or full stoppage of a process area.


002a.pngHow fast and accurate your planner can pull the list of maintenance work lists for the opportunity window? This is very crucial step in maximizing the utilization of this window? Following are the list of activities envisaged for such an opportunity
• Identify the duration of the breakdown; alternatively plan for the opportunity time
• Pull list of maintenance work(s) meeting the opportunity time window
• Prioritize the work lists
• Determine the no of hours required; find out the available capacity
• Material availability check; plan for material issue from stores
• Decide   if required to go for external service  in case the demand capacity is more
• This may involve pre scheduling some work orders planned in within near future time (1-2 weeks)
• Execute and complete the work / report the work orders completed.

Scheduling Principle for Opportunity Maintenance
The core objective of the opportunity maintenance is to complete as much maintenance work as possible within the opportunity window, however the principal theory behind OM would be to execute only such works which are falling in the OM window which would otherwise require scheduled stoppage of the specific area.  One would need to be experienced enough to decide on how much of future maintenance work can be bring forward in time?

In our next blog, we will discuss, with graphical representation, how OM is planned, challenges faced in OM and our recommendations.

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