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Maintenance – Cinderella shall go to the ball

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

In many (most?) manufacturing businesses,Maintenance is very much a ‘Cinderella’ function – it works away in the back-room of the business and never gets to go to the Ball unlike other more glamorous business functions.  Maintenance is not somewhere that ambitious young managers typically seek a career in as it is often seen as something of a ‘backwater’ in the business. Maintaining and repairing equipment is not something seen as difficult or even that important to the business. The image of the spanner, the hammer and the oily rag are what many people envisage when the subject of maintenance comes up. Maintenance is somewhere out of sight where grubby stuff goes on that senior managers don’t spend much time thinking about.

But hang on a moment. Aren’t most factories these days filled with machines? Aren’t these machines expensive and complex devices like CNC machine tools, laser and water-jet cutters, presses and robots? And with Lean being a dominant way of working in most factories, isn’t equipment availability critical to achieving on-time delivery and high OEE? And isn’t RONA (Return On Net Assets) a key financial metric for any review of a company’s effective use of key assets such as production equipment?

Well, yes, indeed.

So what’s wrong with this picture? It’s simple: The view of maintenance as a non-critical function is out of date and a serious impediment to factories achieving high performance manufacturing. Maintenance must be brought into the 21st Century, along with management thinking. A key result of this old thinking on maintenance is the return on production equipment being lower than what would be possible with high equipment availability and also impacts on on-time delivery performance. Simply put, low equipment availability results in poor delivery performance and unnecessary purchasing of new equipment to provide additional capacity.

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Codexx purchases supply chain solutions from Supply Chain Analytics

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Codexx announced the purchase of the supply chain strategy and assessment solutions business from Supply Chain Analytics Ltd. This includes the SCAN supply chain assessment solution. Alastair Ross, Director of Codexx, said: “This is a valuable addition to our existing range of best practice strategy and assessment tools and allows us to further extend our existing services in innovation and supply chain management.”

New assessment solution for supply chain management

Monday, November 13th, 2006

To help Codexx industrial clients assess their supply chain operations and strategies against best practices, as part of an improvement programme, Codexx has made available the SCAN supply chain assessment, developed with its partner Supply Chain Analytics Ltd in conjunction with British Standards Institute and Nottingham University. SCAN enables a detailed assessment against key supply chain best practices.

Codexx agrees partnership with Supply Chain Analytics Ltd

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

Codexx Associates Ltd and Supply Chain Analytics Ltd signed a collaborative agreement in the area of supply chain optimisation. This will provide for Codexx to market and sell Supply Chain Analytics offerings. Supply Chain Analytics provides technologies and methods to help companies optimise their supply chains. Their core offering is the Zemeter supply chain optimisation suite.

For more information go to Supply Chain Analytics website

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