How a Maintenance Backlog Can Be a Good Thing!
I spent a couple of years at an underground mine and learned a lot about equipment maintenance strategies, enough that I was able to write a whitepaper about it.
One of the things I learned is how important it is to improve the ratio of planned repair work to unplanned work, and how this can be accomplished by creating a backlog of all known repairs. The word backlog normally has a negative connotation, but it this case it’s a good thing. Since any successful maintenance program should strive to maximize the percentage of time and resources spent on planned maintenance, and reduce the amount of unplanned from unexpected breakdowns, creating the backlog is critical because it provides visibility into future repairs and allows you to more easily identify and predict equipment failures before they occur.