Planned Maintenance, Scheduled Downtime & MRO Work Orders

Tom Grigg shows us how to add and manage Planned Maintenance Operations in DELMIAWORKS manufacturing ERP (formerly IQMS EnterpriseIQ).

Also known as scheduled downtime or Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) work orders, manufacturers need to be able to manage maintenance operations with minimum disruption to manufacturing output.



What I’m going to do now is show you how we can add some maintenance operations, so scheduled downtime. What I can do, by right-clicking on here, we can actually directly add an MRO work order (which is a maintenance repair and overhaul).

We don’t actually have to do that from a manual perspective.

What we can also do is configure our MRO records to automatically generate those MRO work orders. Here’s a list, once again, of the various different bits of equipment. This might be tooling, this might be a machine, it could be a number of different pieces of auxiliary equipment so that what we can do is create these records.

I’m going to click through into this one here. What we can actually specify is, we put all our equipment details in here, and we specify the unit of measurement in which we’re going to capture the usage. This one’s set to hours, but what we can also do is actually define that as cycles so that, where we’ve got this machine or tool specified on a bill of manufacture when it’s used in conjunction with our Manufacturing Execution System, the system can actually tell us how many cycles have been run on that tool or machine.

We can actually enable the system to create maintenance, repair and overhaul work orders based on the number of cycles. So, you might have a specification for a tool that determines that it needs to be maintained or inspected or treated every 10,000 cycles. We can actually specify that we want to monitor this piece of equipment based on the number of cycles that have been completed, and then against that what we can do is create various different tasks. You can see here we’ve got an oil leak to inspect, so we can specify here:

  • How long does it take to do the task?
  • How often should we do the task?

We can actually specify: perform every 300 cycles or 10,000 cycles, as we’ve previously mentioned so that it’s constantly monitoring when that activity needs to take place.

We can also specify inventory items that might need to be associated with this work order. We can also create a checklist so that, if there are a number of tasks that need to take place (for instance check press), we’ve got acceptable and unacceptable. We can make these as complex as we want to, really

If we need the person who’s performing the task to sign-off to say ‘yes I’ve done that’, we can absolutely do that via a checklist method. We can also assign employees to the task as well We can gather time, gather their costs of actually performing the task so that we can consolidate that into our asset management module and get a real, accurate view of the total cost of ownership against that piece of equipment, tooling or machinery

Hopefully, that’s been helpful! That just gives you an idea of some of the capabilities around production scheduling and also the maintenance side of things when it comes to managing maintenance work orders.