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The True Cost of Maintenance

The increasingly expanding practice of outsourcing (sending jobs offshore) manufacturing operations has created an even greater than normal need to identify and reduce American industries’ costs of manufacturing. One of the largest controllable manufacturing costs is in maintenance operations. But what is the true cost of our maintenance systems? The first step in determining the true cost of your maintenance efforts is to determine – and understand – what type of maintenance system you have. Dr. W. Edwards Deming had an interesting viewpoint for understanding systems, maintenance or otherwise read more…

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