Instead of conducting wrench time or time on tool studies, planning and scheduling may be a better place to start when looking to improve field productivity.
Wrench time and time on tool studies measure the amount of time that a technician spends on an activity and focus on waste elimination such as extended breaks or transit time.
However, they do not measure the work effectiveness and only look at a portion of the maintenance execution process.
So where should you start when you are looking to improve productivity? It depends on where you are with respect to planning and scheduling.
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By Becht Engineering