Completing the Cycle, a Successful Habit

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Completing the Cycle, a Successful Habit 

Enrique Mora



I have a very colloquial example for the meaning of “Completing the Cycle”: 

I have always loved cooking. It is so pleasant to see our loved ones or friends enjoy something that we prepared for them. 

One day that my wife was very sick with a severe cold, I learned a valuable lesson: As usual, I pulled out of the cabinets all the utensils needed to perform my culinary tasks, I pulled from the refrigerator some of my ingredients and some more from the pantry, and cooked a delicious meal. I felt I had accomplished something important… something was not going well, but I could not tell yet. When our friends left, not before praising my skills, I was ready to go to bed… my wife, though, made an important point… 

The cycle does not end until everything is back in place. It took me more than one hour to load the dishwasher, pick up and rewrap some of the ingredients remains, carefully wash my utensils and clean up the kitchen, unload the dishwasher and put everything back in its place. This experience helped me understand the “Completing the Cycle” concept that I am sharing here with you: 

Someone not completing their cycle causes most things that bother us at our workplace or anywhere else.   

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, the fire trucks carry brooms, brushes, dustpans and shovels. When the vehicles involved in an accident are removed, the firemen clean up the area from any glass, metal or other debris, to make sure those will not cause harm to vehicles or people who will pass by that place after the accident. That is an excellent example of "Completing the Cycle".

Cycle completed below...



Many maintenance technicians believe that their job ends when the machine is back up and running. That mistaken idea makes them leave broken or worn parts on the floor or hanging somewhere, loose or missing bolts, clamps, covers, linings, protections, you name it! Sometimes they even leave their tools behind. 

TPM to the rescue! The implementation of TPM will help establish a more responsible approach from everyone. Operators with basic Autonomous Maintenance skills will be of vital importance here.

Completing the cycle in maintenance requires much more professional skills than we have always thought.

Not only should we make sure of leaving the place in optimal condition, but also there is the need to exchange information with the  closest or dedicated operator(s) of the machine. We must ask some questions that will let us find out how the problem started, and more important: how to prevent its recurrence.

In these conversations, technicians and operators will learn from each other and it is likely the root cause of the problem or at least the initial symptoms will be clarified. That information should then flow back to the CMMS if there is one, or at least will be shared with other maintenance technicians so everybody's experience will be enhanced.

TPM is a culture where we all understand and feel the pride of being a part in the good up keeping of our equipment and plant. Let us be professional about it and contribute to improve our job security, so fragile and critical these days.



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