Members gathered at Central Wire in Perth to share best practices and to discuss key challenges they are facing around this exact topic.
Autonomous maintenance, engaging Machine Operators in performing some of the more basic, yet extremely important maintenance tasks (cleaning, lubrication and inspection) was a major discussion point.
Some attendees brought up the fact that it can be difficult to get the buy in from both the Machine Operators to do more than they are normally tasked with and from the Skilled Trades side where they tend to not trust that the work will be performed correctly. Nonetheless, the potential benefits to involving more team members was thought to be the right approach to long term business sustainability!
Autonomous Maintenance helps to free up time within the Skilled Trades to focus on more technically skilled tasks and move towards less firefighting and towards a more proactive maintenance approach that achieves less and less "un-planned" maintenance related downtime.
The skilled trades that were present that day also agreed that it would be highly beneficial to have a formal process of supporting one another (company to company) from a common shared parts supply perspective, technical knowledge perspective, etc. Stay tuned for more on this topic as our region moves towards collaboration within the skilled trades with my support as the Facilitator.