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Optimizing Shutdowns: 10 Ways to Cut Maintenance Costs the Right Way

This presentation is designed to help you save time and money during your next shutdown. After reviewing the information you will have a new and deeper understanding of how to effectively manage large maintenance jobs such as power plant outages and refinery refits. For more information visit

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Optimizing Shutdowns: 10 Ways to Cut Maintenance Costs the Right Way

  1. 1. Optimizing Shutdowns: 10 Ways to Cut Maintenance Costs the Right Way © Life Cycle Engineering
  2. 2. Shutdowns and outages consume a lion’s share of both maintenance and capital budgets. © Life Cycle Engineering
  3. 3. Until recently the attitude has been “Get it done and we’ll worry about the budget when it’s over.” © Life Cycle Engineering
  4. 4. Times have changed. Companies are finding better processes and saving exponentially by planning ahead. © Life Cycle Engineering
  5. 5. What are they doing? © Life Cycle Engineering
  6. 6. 1. Reducing the number of jobs that are “discovered” after the shutdown starts. © Life Cycle Engineering
  7. 7. 2. Eliminating ineffective meeting practices when planning for shutdowns. © Life Cycle Engineering
  8. 8. 3. Utilizing project management software to lean up the shutdown process. © Life Cycle Engineering
  9. 9. 4. Planning and scheduling before the shutdown begins. © Life Cycle Engineering
  10. 10. 5. Reducing the number of over-ordered materials and returning unused inventory. © Life Cycle Engineering
  11. 11. 6. Noting explicitly whether there are enough supplies for the entire shutdown. © Life Cycle Engineering
  12. 12. 7. Keeping an eye on excessive numbers of rented assets such as cranes, generators, scaffolding, etc. © Life Cycle Engineering
  13. 13. 8. Keeping a lookout for resources paid for but not utilized. © Life Cycle Engineering
  14. 14. 9. Validating the work list and removing duplications. © Life Cycle Engineering
  15. 15. 10. Settling claims with contractors to avoid additional fees and penalties. © Life Cycle Engineering
  16. 16. Reducing the fat during shutdowns can provide large payoffs in both time and money. © Life Cycle Engineering
  17. 17. Remember, small improvements yield big results. © Life Cycle Engineering
  18. 18. Need to Know More About Optimizing Shutdowns? A comprehensive version of this content is available on our website. The article, written by recognized expert Joel Levitt, provides a more in-depth look into the methods and techniques reliability experts use when optimizing shutdowns. Click to Read the Full Article For more resources and to learn more about Life Cycle Engineering visit:
  19. 19. About Life Cycle Engineering Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) provides consulting, engineering, applied technology and education solutions that deliver lasting results for private industry, the Department of Defense and other government organizations. The quality, expertise and dedication of our employees enable Life Cycle Engineering to serve as a trusted resource that helps people and organizations to achieve their full potential. Founded in 1976, LCE is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with offices across North America and experience around the globe. To learn more about Life Cycle Engineering visit: About the Author Joel Levitt is the Director of International Projects with Life Cycle Engineering (LCE). He has over 30 years’ experience in the maintenance field including process control design, source equipment inspection, electrical expertise, field service technician, maritime operations, and property management. A recognized expert training maintenance professionals, Joel has trained more than 15,000 maintenance leaders from 3,000 organizations around the world.