Planning and scheduling of maintenance work is central to a well functioning maintenance organisation. In order for maintenance planning and scheduling to work many other systems need to work well. Most importantly equipment inspections, predictive maintenance, technical database including bill of materials, work order history, and standard job plans have to be in place. The maintenance function must also be supported by an efficient spare parts procurement, storage and control function.
Ensuring basics are in place such as good backlog practices, an effective prioritisation system, proficient planning practices, and a functioning scheduling system between operations and maintenance. The effectiveness of planning and scheduling and the often strained relationship between maintenance and operations must improve dramatically. Maintenance must assume its rightful place as a high leverage contributor to business performance. Data recorded in the CMMS must be structured in such a manner that it can feed the decision makers with decision support information. Performance indicators relevant to maintenance must highlight deficiencies and the underlying detail can then be used to pinpoint the causes.