Addressing the future of maintenance

KANSAS CITY — When it comes to the labor challenges facing the baking industry, perhaps none is more acute than the shortage of qualified maintenance engineers. This problem is compounded by advances in technology and investments by bakeries to automate manual labor as much as possible to reduce staffing levels while increasing plant capacity and versatility.

What will be the costs if you fail to maintain a bakery in the future?

“At the end of the day, all businesses are about making money,” said Rowdy Brixey, president of Brixey Engineering. “Maintenance is an overhead — overhead charged against the cost of goods sold. A company can lose its competitive advantage if the maintenance service fails to keep the lines running smoothly and at a cost comparable to that of its competitors. Reduced orders, late shipments, inconsistent quality, high wastage, and high maintenance costs can all be fatal to the bottom line. »

After more than 40 years working on bakery assets in factories across the country, Mr. Brixey has learned how to operate production lines and why they break down, often unexpectedly. At IBIE 2022 in Las Vegas, his session on The Future of Maintenance will focus on what commercial bakeries need to do to maintain an appropriate maintenance culture, especially when the skilled labor deficit is greater. wider than ever. Another session on quick and easy KPIs that lead to improved maintenance will take place on September 20.

“The future of maintenance efficiency, given our current and future labor dilemma, is to move from a ‘go and inspect’ to see what needs to be replaced or rebuilt to a ‘go do’, which will require a data-driven and action-driven culture,” he noted.

Bakers must approach the future of maintenance today.