A lot of maintenance work is deferred because all current work is focused on keeping your operations going with the highest possible uptime. Prioritizing work order intake is now more important than ever. Shifting the increasing workload of maintenance job notifications into the right priorities is key to secure operations and to keep maintenance work execution manageable. Priority setting is directly linked to the maintenance execution time window and direct input for the planner to plan and schedule the workload.
Use a risk matrix
This is the time where the right decisions need to be made: is this job urgent? What is the impact of the issue on safety, quality and uptime? Can this job be executed at a later date at an acceptable risk? In short: how does this notified issue affect the performance of your critical assets. To consistently prioritize the maintenance workload, a risk matrix can be used where the impact thresholds is set and agreed upon by all relevant disciplines, including safety, quality, operations and maintenance. Based on this risk matrix you can focus on actions that most efficiently contribute to uptime while decreasing work pressure for the team. To agree on the risk thresholds, ask a facilitator to gather input remotely from relevant disciplines of the site management team to get started. In addition, help your planner to plan all activities according to the right priority.
This is the time to work on the foundation of your asset management. Although many would have the urge to not pick this up as this not a necessary action, it will be greatly beneficial to your overall performance and maintenance management. All technicians and engineers that are at home can help remotely with cleaning up master data. It is important to focus on a uniform tagging convention guide e.g. for equipment naming, numbering and descriptions. If you do not have a convention guide, this is the moment to create one. You can then allocate work accordingly. If you have the foundation in your CMMS/ EAM system right, the efficiency and quality of maintenance work will increase significantly. What a relief to not search for data, the affected spot in the factory and the right materials to use for each and every work order to execute!