10 Minute Tip – Maintenance Checklist

By Lois Ritarossi / Published:

Our downtime calculator puts hard numbers around the benefits of cutting 10 minutes of idle press time per shift. We also promised to keep offering ideas for how to do that (in addition to tips from Jeff Matos of Broadridge in the first post.)

This week Lois Ritarossi advises using a checklist to plan for regular preventative maintenance and for shift turnover meetings. Preventative maintenance takes time today but saves time and money for tomorrow. “Proper preventative maintenance is more important than ever in getting consistent uptime from your printers,” advises Lois.  “Checklists are an effective tool to instill discipline and assist memory particularly when tasks are routine yet critical. Daily and weekly PM tasks become rote for tenured operators. Using a checklist in complex production environments with many distractions will ensure each step in performed in the proper sequence.”

Use a checklist for regular PM and for each operational shift turnover to create alignment on communication and operational status between shifts. Checklists sound simple, but it is a bit of an art and a science. Lois recommends the Checklist Manifesto – How to Get Things Right on the how and why of checklists.

Remember 10 minutes could save you 100k or more. Try the calculator and check back for more tips.
About the Author

Lois Ritarossi

Lois Ritarossi, CMC®, is the President of High Rock Strategies, a consulting firm focused on sales and marketing strategies, and business growth for firms in the print, mail and communication sectors. Lois brings her clients a cross functional skill set and strategic thinking with disciplines in business strategy, sales process, sales training, marketing, software implementation, inkjet transformation and workflow optimization. You can reach Lois at HighRockStrategies.com

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