Erin Cook IMSE Professional Project Presentation
- Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 2:00pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, 329 - view map
Efficiency Improvement in a Medical Device Company’s Planned Maintenance Process
For organizations in the healthcare industry, maintaining medical equipment is essential in ensuring quality patient care and safety, and to ensure compliance with strict FDA standards. In addition to impacting patient care and safety, inadequate upkeep of critical medical equipment has been linked to low productivity, downtime, and poor machine performance which can lead to lower overall profits. Planned maintenance (PM), also called preventative maintenance, is a strategy that many industries have employed to prevent machine or part breakdowns by proactively performing maintenance and part replacement on a predetermined schedule. Companies that utilize a PM strategy have seen increases in productivity and efficiency in addition to increased safety.
This project reviewed all aspects of a medical equipment design and manufacturing company’s PM strategy. Field Service Engineers employed by this company perform PM activities with PM kits for various medical equipment. These kits contain standardized parts, supplied by third party vendors, required to complete the scheduled preventative maintenance.
This project analyzed six PM kits and PM kit processes that have not been reviewed since their initial implementation. These reviews, which consisted of Kaizen and workshop events, were intended to evaluate the PM kits and the PM process in order to identify opportunities for cost savings, waste reduction, and process improvements while also striving to increase employee, customer, and supplier satisfaction. These results of these events provided the company opportunities to reduce the cost of the PM kits and the PM process by over $1.38 million per year while simultaneously allowing opportunities for the content and shipping to become less wasteful and more environmentally friendly.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering