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Maintenance Round-Up

Maintenance Management Round-Up


The Maintenance Round-Up: a one-stop source for facility and maintenance news. This time we cover the Marshall Institute, Contract Maintenance, Performance Requirements.

How Often Should PM strategies and tasks be reviewed? – Marshall Institute

From Marshall Institute comes a great analysis of how often organizations should review their PM strategies. The exact answer, of course, is dependent upon your organization, but Marshall Institute’s Tracy Strawn examines three basic circumstances that should prompt a review of your PM strategy:

As part of a Root Cause Analysis of failed equipment
Upon receiving feedback from maintenance techs
Every five years at minimum, you should conduct a formal review of all PM routines, also known as a PM Optimization (PMO)

Managers Discuss Benefits and Drawbacks of Contract Maintenance – FacilitiesNet

The issue of outsourcing maintenance work to contractors is sometimes divisive, with both those in favor and those against taking fervent stances. FacilitiesNet interviewed two Directors of Facility Operations for their take on why they decided to outsource maintenance work, the impact of that decision, and the lessons learned.

Retrocommissioning Strategies Help Establish Performance Requirements – FacilitiesNet

Also, from FacilitiesNet comes a great piece on the subject of retro-commissioning. That is, commissioning existing buildings that were never previously commissioned. As FacilitiesNet points out, the EPA’s Energy Star program estimates that “among commissioned buildings, the median energy savings was 15 percent.” If you’re considering retro-commissioning for your facility, this article is a must-read.

Made In The USA Awards – Today’s Facility Manager

To celebrate companies based in the United States, on July 2 the Made in the USA Foundation announced 20 new members of its USA Hall of Fame. As points out, “More than half [of these companies] provide products and/or services that can be used by facility managers.” Take a look at their article for a summary of these recently-recognized companies.

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