Rockwell Automation Introduces New White Paper Educating Maintenance Managers on How to Build a Solid Business Case for Maintenance Activities

  • April 19, 2004
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Rockwell Automation white paper explains how to effectively communicate the value of maintenance and gain management support for new initiativesMILWAUKEE, April 19, 2004 - As economic conditions continue to spur cost-savings initiatives in the manufacturing sector, one of the common targets is the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) department. A new white paper from Rockwell Automation educates MRO managers on how to effectively communicate the value of maintenance in terms that management understands, helping to improve the likelihood for support of new initiatives or additional expenses. The white paper may be downloaded free at The paper, "Translating Maintenance Initiatives Into Meaningful Financial Benefits," explains the importance of positioning maintenance initiatives within the context of underlying business goals and outlines the criteria and key steps for developing an effective strategic plan. Relying on case history examples and industry research, the paper shows how to calculate and report return on MRO investments and explains how even a modest improvement in maintenance efficiency can significantly boost company profits. As manufacturers continue to align maintenance activities with company goals, MRO managers must be able to effectively communicate this value and explain why investment in maintenance makes solid financial sense. By focusing on the language skills and supporting documentation needed to present a persuasive strategic plan, the paper helps MRO managers present their case using documentation and business language understood by management. "Demonstrating the value of maintenance requires a significant investment in time and energy to sell management not only on the tactics but also on the concept of maintenance as a business strategy," said Mike Laszkiewicz, vice president, Asset Management Business, Rockwell Automation. "It takes effective communication skills, properly applied knowledge and the ability to speak the right language. MRO managers can learn to bridge the communication gap and become effective translators between the front office and the plant floor." Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation solutions, including Allen-Bradley controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software factory management software, Dodge mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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