Maintenance scheduling lets you reconfigure workloads in your systems for greater operational efficiency, without it you could increase the chances of production bottlenecks and other manufacturing issues.
Unfortunately, many manufacturers run into problems during scheduling. The root cause of the problem is, almost always, the wrong type of software. Here are some things to avoid:
#1. There’s Little (Or No) Communication
A lack of communication can impact maintenance scheduling and make it more difficult for you to complete workloads. Scheduling often requires delegating multiple tasks to different employees, but a breakdown in communication will render the entire process useless.
There is a solution.
First, communicate with your team more effectively. Send out emails when delegating tasks and remind employees about important dates for scheduling.
Second, use a manufacturing execution system (MES) to streamline scheduling. This type of software lets you assign tasks to the right people in your team and make it easier to manage workloads.
#2. You Don’t (Or Can’t) Track Schedules
Another problem that many manufacturers encounter is that they are unable to track schedules properly. Perhaps they carry out scheduling using manual methods and have no way to monitor their processes. This can result in human error and, in the worst-case scenario, jeopardize an entire business.
This is why it’s so important to use a MES to track schedules. This software keeps track of tasks so you can improve scheduling in your organization and reduce errors. The best programs provide you with in-depth analytics so you can find out which members of staff carried out which tasks — and when.
#3. You Don’t Use the Right KPIs
Even if you use software to track maintenance tasks, you might not use the correct key performance indicators (KPIs). The right metrics provide you with a 360-degree overview of your scheduling so you can make quicker, more informed decisions in the future.
A good MES will let you monitor a wide range of KPIs and you can decide which metrics provide your team with the most value. Real-time reports and dashboards make it easier to manage scheduled tasks in your organization.
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