One of the most important things to understand about downtime events is that not all instances are created equally. Yes, if a critical piece of equipment suddenly breaks and grinds production to a halt, that’s a problem. But something as simple as a shift change is a downtime event, too – albeit a planned one.
At Thrive, our innovative downtime management solution actually tracks these events separately from those unplanned outages. We do this for a number of important reasons, all of which are worth exploring.
Diving Deep Into Planned Downtime Events
Maybe the biggest reason why Thrive tracks planned downtime events separately from unplanned instances has to do with their very nature – planned events are obviously something that you know about in advance (and therefore have a much higher level of control over), whereas that isn’t true with unplanned downtimes.
Unplanned downtimes are when you suddenly find yourself with a problem on your hands that you really can’t explain. The information you need to make the most out of that experience – to fix the issue and mitigate risk – falls into an entirely different category than something like a line change over for obvious reasons.
But that doesn’t mean your current planned downtime figures have to simply be a “cost of doing business” or a “necessary evil” – far from it, and Thrive can help to that end, too.
Because Thrive makes it a point to track planned downtime events separately, you can set an individual goal time for each reason. You can specify that your next line change over should only take a certain number of minutes, for example, based on similar experiences you’ve had in the past.
Then, if that event exceeds that goal time, your equipment operators have an opportunity to assign a reason for the delay. They can tell you exactly what the issue was in a way that helps you fix it, thus allowing that next planned downtime event to execute even faster as a result.
Likewise, tracking planned downtime separately allows you to answer a number of important questions – especially if all similar change overs aren’t happening at the exact same pace, as logic dictates that they would. Only Thrive provides you with this deep level of insight that can help you not only analyze the changeover process to identify and capitalize on opportunities for improvement, but that can also help you create standardized processes to ultimately reduce planned downtimes across the board.
Even if the issue is something as simple as all breaks aren’t ending on time, seeing this level of data – especially in a highly visual and intuitive way through the Thrive dashboard – helps to build a culture of both ownership and accountability that will serve your business well for years to come.
If you’re interested in learning more about why Thrive tracks planned downtime events separately from those unexpected outages, or if you have any additional questions that you’d like to go over with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay - contact us today.