(Equipment) Assessment


The TGG model on equipment reliability is called STRANDS and we significantly reduce the time to ‘zero interruptions’ as compared to other models.  One of our clients describes “this nationally known consulting company proposed a three year roll out plan for equipment reliability for our key assets and … we simply can’t wait that long.”  We understand.  During our equipment assessment we’ll work through a 100+ scored assessment and provide a specific roadmap of how to improve and achieve step change improvement within four months.

Our approach to equipment reliability is much different than many professional maintenance organizations.  Everything we do within maintenance is built on the chassis of rapid PDCA, data, and empowering your employees.  Here is the model from TGG:

S: Senior level commitment to process.  The main tool we apply here is leader standard work
T: T Minus standard meetings
R: Root cause failure analysis
A: Autonomous maintenance
N: No (reactive) super-heroes
D: Daily management

These (7) elements of model build standard work into all critical elements of a successful maintenance program.  Planned, not reactive.  Data driven, not guessing.  Visual and easy to understand.  Owned by your maintenance & line personnel.  And self-improving every single shift.

Quick STRANDS Equipment Reliability Quiz:

1) When your key asset is running at rate, how much is produced in one hour?

2) How many hours per week is your asset typically scheduled?  Multiply these two numbers and get target units/week.

3) Divide your actual (net) good production per week (that you now achieve) by target units / week.

Typically this is NOT the number that is reported on most ‘manufacturing efficiency’ reports.  TGG can work with your team to take your asset from this number and 1/2 the gap to 100% in … four months (e.g. – if you calculate 50% we can move this to 75% in 4 months).

STRANDS Achieves the Least Overall Cost (OAC) of Maintenance

Cost of PM +
Cost of repairs +
Cost of production losses causes by failures & access for PM

We will move rapidly on your key assets to move through four primary stages listed below and drive your overall cost of maintenance downwards as the overall effectiveness of our equipment increases.

Phases of Improvement within Maintenance

1. Stabilize unplanned down time
2. Empower the scientists
3. Implement rigorous measurement systems
4. Zero Interruptions


One to two weeks

Typical Outcomes:

  • Scored assessment of your primary assets
  • OEE & capacity calculations
  • Overall cost of maintenance
  • Assess your work order process
  • STRANDS “e-Book” for your team to own their own data, dashboard, and improvement plan


Define your Problem Statement.

The first step towards breaking your organizational log jams is identifying and verbalizing the challenge you're facing. What are you trying to solve? This simple Problem Statement exercise can have profound implications for your team. It helps you define the issue and gives TGG some sense of where the soft spots could be in your Order to Cash process. We invite you to take a few moments to fill out this form. A TGG consultant will contact you shortly to discuss your Problem Statement and provide some insight on how we may be able to help.

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