We have implemented PM jobs for 1 department in our plant and it’s going well so far. Some are calendar-based and some are meter-based plans. We have the Maintenance Plan Processor job running nightly to create new PM jobs. Since these types of jobs are planned (not break/fix jobs), it’s not a problem for our Maintenance Planner to review these jobs daily, issue any parts needed, engineer, and then release them during the day. Even if this process is delayed by a day, it’s not a problem.
Now we are looking at implementing the repair jobs in Epicor (which need to be acted upon more quickly). We would like the operators to be able to enter the request themselves using Request Entry. However, after that, I think there are too many manual steps to be done before the maintenance personnel are able to clock onto that job and get working on the repair. (At our company, we are fine with assuming that if a maintenance request is entered, someone in our Maintenance department will be working on it. No approval needed.) In standard Epicor, after the operator enters the request, it would still need to be approved so that a job is created, then engineered, and finally released. We could have our Maintenance Planner do all of these busy-work steps but then that doesn’t solve what our 2nd and 3rd shift operations would do when a machine needs a repair during that shift. We have maintenance personnel on these off shifts, but no Maintenance Planner to do these manual steps.
We would like to automate all of those steps for the repair jobs after the operator enters the request in Request Entry.
Is anyone already doing this and if so, can you share how you accomplished this?
One important thing that would be missing from these auto-created repair jobs is some kind of generic “repair” operation. Otherwise, the maintenance personnel will have nothing to clock onto for this job in MES. Has anyone tackled this issue yet?