PAUL D TOMLINGSON

Maintenance Management for the Mining Industry Since 1968 Specialization in the Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Mining Maintenance programs, Organizations and Information Systems Contact: pdtmtc@msn.com


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Maintenance Training

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Mining is unique among all industries as are the challenges of maintaining its equipment. Successful maintenance will require fully-coordinated help from all departments and knowledgeable, dedicated management oversight. Effective training can help to meet these requirements. Un fortunately, public seminars on maintenance management are seldom mining-specific and are usually generic. Little that is useful can be learned from these generalizations or from non-mining attendees. Attendance fees and ...


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Solving the Mystery of Improving Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Solving the Mystery of Improving Maintenance Maintenance often represents over 35% of total mine operating costs. Yet, little is known by the general mining population of the details of what maintenance does, how they do it and the help, support and cooperation they require. Many see maintenance as a ‘closed book.’ Herein are both the problem and the solution. Maintenance has done little to explain what they do, how they do it and specify the help that they need.


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Education - Key to Improving Maintenance Performance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Consider the impact these five educational steps could have to help improve maintenance performance. Initially, clarify internal maintenance actions. Then specify help needed from other departments. Finally, secure the dedicated overall direction from mine management in a mine-wide coordinated maintenance effort


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The Forgotten Maintenance Supervisor

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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The maintenance supervisor holds the most difficult job in mining. Don’t think so? Then consider his daily situation.


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An Appeal to Mining Managers About Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Effective maintenance should provide consistently reliable production equipment to meet production targets and contribute to a profitable operation. Not happening? There is a remedy.


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Which Maintenance Work Requires Planning?

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Confusion abounds on the determination of which maintenance work should be planned and scheduled. Two major problems exist: 1 - When all new maintenance work is routed to the planner, he is buried in the process of sorting out which jobs should be planned and dealing with the volume of those that don’t. The immediate result is that this distraction prevents him from adequately planning the jobs that demand to be well planned. 2 - Maintenance supervisors, on the other hand, wait while planners ...


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Reinforcing the 'Detection' Capabilities of Preventive Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Successful implementation of Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) creates circumstances that sharply increase the equipment problem detection capabilities of preventive maintenance. In turn, gains in the ability to plan more work help maintenance to deliver consistently reliable production equipment for its mining operation.


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Acheiving World Class Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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There are no world class maintenance organizations. Rather, there are ‘world class’ mining organizations that include a world class maintenance organization. Maintenance, by itself, is a service-provider. When that service is exceptional, it is made that way because maintenance is operating in a mining environment that requires it to be exceptional. Mining managers will have created a working environment in which maintenance can be exceptional. They have caused operations to accept responsib ...


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Making Equipment Replacement Decisions

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Competition among industries has become globally oriented. Thus, every industry will be examining how they can become more profitable. Increasing the productivity of equipment will be among the logical steps. In turn, older, less productive equipment will be replaced. Modern production equipment will be expensive as well as more complex. Thus, as new capital outlays are considered, there must be more careful consideration than ever before. The singular economic approach to replacing equipment in ...


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Using Standards to Evaluate Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Any maintenance improvement effort should be initiated with an evaluation to identify and prioritize essential improvement needs. Comparing current performance against proven standards is an effective means of evaluating to establishing a realistic improvement plan and guide the improvement effort.


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Recommended Duties and Resonsibilities of Key Mining Maintenance Personnel

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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These recommended duties and responsibilities of key maintenance personnel provide guidelines for efficient maintenance interactions and interdepartmental cooperation that can enhance the overall maintenance performance,


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Mining Equipment Availability

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Determination of equipment availability levels to meet production targets is strongly influenced by the quality of maintenance support. But for maintenance to deliver reliable equipment and operations to meet production targets, mutual understanding of the elements that impact availability is essential. Comments on the illustration are most welcome.


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Setting Maintenance Work Priorities

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Setting Maintenance Work Priorities - By setting maintenance work priorities, the relative importance of a single job in relationship to other jobs, operational needs, safety or equipment condition is established and a time period is assigned within which the work should be completed.


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Understanding the Backlog

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UNDERSTANDING THE BACKLOG - It is not . . . “the work we ain’t done yet” . . . as many think. Rather, it is a valuable management tool enabling workforce size and craft composition to be determined and labor more effectively managed.


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Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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What kind of work does maintenance perform and how is it controlled?


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Maintenance Terminology

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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The primary purpose of posting Maintenance Terminology was to solicit feedback adding, modifying or removing the definitions listed. So far there have been numerous views and downloads and only one offer to add a definition. My 'best effort' at listing these definitions of common mining maintenance terminology warrants a closer look and some feedback. It seems important that mining maintenance establish that 'we do know what we are talking about.' And more importantly we inform those who rely on ...


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A Look at Mining Maintenance Terminology

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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The diversity of mining operations, experiences of personnel and numerous other factors may preclude standardizing mining maintenance terminology. However, a clarification of maintenance actions and procedures can improve common understanding and communication among all who perform maintenance, support it or depend on its effectiveness. Toward those objectives the following Mining Maintenance Terminology definitions are offered for your consideration. Any feedback can be incorporated into a revi ...


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Part 6 - Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Part 6 – Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance describes the repair history capability and the use of analytical tools to support RCM implementation and ooperation.


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Part 5 - Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Updating the PM Program - RCM implementation will alter the nature of the PM program by changing the ‘detection’ processes. Inspections conducted on time-based intervals, for example, might give way to condition-based monitoring. Some time-based services might be supplemented with condition-based monitoring and some equipment might be subjected to redesign to better meet new requirements for reliability. Still other equipment especially of a non-critical nature might be allowed to run to fa ...


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Part 4 - Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Reliability Centered Maintenance identifies and applies maintenance responses to specific types of failures.


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Part 3 - Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance

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Part 3 of Implementing RCM discusses Identifying Critical Equipment; Reliability and identification of failure patterns and Responses to general failure patterns.


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Using Standards to Evaluate Maintenance Performance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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When mining maintenance requires improvement an evaluation is the essential first step of the improvement effort and a guarantee of its success. The evaluation avoids guessing at what needs to be improved, how and the priorities of corrective actions. The result is a realistic plan of action instead of confusion, frustration, disappointment and no improvement. Here’s how to get started.


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Part 2 - Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Part 2 provides an outline of the eight (8) steps recommended for the implementation of Reliability Centered Maintenance.


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Part 1 - Implementing Reliability Centered Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is one of the most effective ways to improve the impact of preventive maintenance. While traditional preventive maintenance can avoid some premature failures, RCM adds advanced condition monitoring technologies to identify potential failures far more quickly and accurately while concurrently identifying root causes to eliminate or reduce their impact. A series of 6 phases examines the implementation of Reliability Centered Maintenance.


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Specifying the Maintenance Workload

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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The maintenance workload is the identification of the essential work carried out by maintenance. When properly identified it avoids confusion by clarifying the nature of required work and, most importantly, provides a direct means of establishing the correct size and craft composition of the workforce required to carry it out.


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Part 4 - Information Systems and Maintenance Work Control

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Part 4 – Information Systems and Maintenance Work Control - Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series established that many existing fully-integrated information systems do not provide adequate support of supervisor’s maintenance work control needs. Work order elements are too complex and time consuming for use in the ‘pressure-cooker’ working environment of maintenance supervisors. As a result many supervisors are using ineffective work control procedures that neither control work nor provide fie ...


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Key to Successful Mining Maintenance

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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A quality mine maintenance program is the best assurance that the 35% of operating costs typically spent on maintenance yields consistently reliable production equipment upon which mine performance depends. The accompanying Powerpoint presentation: Implementing the Plant/Mine Maintenance Management Program (93 slides) is provided as a professional courtesy to help evaluate your existing program or develop, document and implement a similar program. Additional Powerpoint presentations are availabl ...


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Part 3 - Information Systems and Maintenance Work Control

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Information system elements are inadequate for some aspects of maintenance work control. But, maintenance organizations who have failed to define their programs and specify information needs have contributed to this problem.


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Part 2 - Information Systems and Maintenance Work Control

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Maintenance supervisors have difficulty using work order system elements forcing them to use inadequate work control methods that provide neither control nor data required to develop essential information.


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Part 1 - Information Systems and Maintenance Work Control

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Discussion of why many fully-integrated industrial information systems fail to effectively support maintenance work control needs.


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Introduction - Information Systems and Maintenance Work Control

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Situation – Today, many maintenance organizations are still not satisfied with the expensive, often complex and difficult to use information systems intended to help them control work. After many years problems still exist that should have been resolved long ago.


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Part 2 - Planning Maintenance Work

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Criteria for planning work; Planning steps; Scheduling procedures.


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Part 1 - Maintenance Planning Essentials

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Effective planning helps maintenance to provide consistently reliable equipment to operations.


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Organizational Change

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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A discussion of how to overcome resistance to organizational change.


Organization

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Maintenance organization business units

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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By using the business unit one person controls both operations and maintenance. Under specific conditions, there are real benefits.


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Mining Maintenance Team Organizations

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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The team organization can yield many operations/maintenance benefits well beyond consistently reliable equipment.


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Maintenance Organization Considerations

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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A well defined maintenance program provides guidance in the organization of mining maintenance. It defines, documents and verifies what all mine personnel must do, how, when and why to ensure cooperation and support of maintenance to yield consistently reliable equipment.


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Maintenance Management

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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How can mine managers best support mining maintenance?


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What's Maintenance and What's Not?

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Mining managers should beware the maintenance organization that attempts non-maintenance work like construction or equipment modification unless they are organized and qualified to do so.


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ISO 55000 - Part 2

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Implementing ISO 55000


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ISO 55000

By: PAUL D TOMLINGSON

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Part 1 - An explanation of ISO 55000 and its many benefits for mining operations. Future post: Part 2 -Implementation of ISO 55000


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