Autonomous Maintenance aims to empower the operator of a machine to clean, lubricate and inspect his machine. It should lead to:
- Higher knowledge of the operator about his machine
- High reliability of the machine
- Fast detection of abnormalities
- Allowing mechanics to spend more time for Preventive Maintenance
Role of the operator
Compare it to the driver of a car. While cleaning your car, you might detect irregularities like a new scratch, a flat tire, rust or oil leaks. You do not need to solve those yourselves; you may call for a mechanic, schedule an appointment or ask for advice. Small things you may do yourselves: checking petrol level and washer fluid and fill it up. Checking air pressure of your tires etc.
The more such tasks the operator can do, the more time is freed up for the technician in order to do more complex task, that need a higher qualified technical job. And the more technical knowledge the operator gains, the better he can operate his equipment.
Role of the technician
The trained mechanic will take care of more complex issues. The mechanic may observe unusual situations and ask the operator questions. He might give him advice how to prevent this. Or teach him how a certain component works in order to make the operator understand the machine better and be able to operate it in a better way.
He also will teach the operator essential technical knowledge about the equipment, so the operator:
- can be his ‘ears and eyes’ at the machine,
- will prevent wrong usage of the equipment which might lead to defects or abnormalities.
7 Steps of Autonomous Maintenance
Below find a scheme explaining all 7 steps of AM, what is done in each step, what is aimed for and what is the role of the supervising manager(s). If you need any help, give me a call!