PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Technology Services, Inc., (ATS), lays out a blueprint for leading manufacturers to realize benefits, cost savings and new efficiencies in their plants in "The Guide to Successful Factory Maintenance -- Is Outsourcing Right For You?" ATS is the industry leader in managed services for production equipment maintenance, IT infrastructure support and industrial parts repair for manufacturers. Their Guide enumerates key strategies employed by ATS that have shown a 30 percent return to its customers. "Plant management today faces a myriad of challenges in developing and executing strategies for successfully maintaining production equipment. As plants implement advanced manufacturing practices such as "lean" and "just in time" manufacturing, machines must be ready to run when production needs them," said Dick Blaudow, CEO of ATS. "By outsourcing their production machine maintenance, companies can meet those challenges head on and achieve better asset utilization, improved productivity, reduced costs, and improved profits." Outsourcing the maintenance on production equipment provides immediate and long-term benefits to manufacturers, specifically: * Management can focus on core business issues. With equipment maintenance (which is generally considered non-core) in the hands of professionals, management can apply necessary resources to other hot spots in the organization. * Provides skilled factory staff. The National Association of Manufacturing reports a looming crisis for a qualified, skilled employment base that a professional maintenance organization provides. * Reduced production costs, maintenance of efficiencies. When maintenance is performing well, costs are reduced and overtime (production and maintenance) goes down because machines are available and running when needed. * Prepared for recovery. When business rebounds, plants need effective maintenance systems in place. Without them, maintenance will be woefully inadequate to handle the demands of increased production. Prepared plants gain market share on the upswing. * Ability to overcome internal resource limitations. Tapping into a professional maintenance organization alleviates a dependency on limited internal resources, providing "big plant" experience, procedures and reporting capabilities without the high costs associated with that level of expertise. "Maintenance personnel get called many names around a plant -- fix-it guys, fire-fighters, technical wizards -- but they aren't often described as strategic partners. This is changing as more and more top executives insist on a workable maintenance strategy that is aligned with overall corporate strategy," said ATS President Jeffrey Owens. "Vague objectives, such as 'we will increase the effectiveness of the maintenance department,' are not achievable unless accurate and realistic measures are paired up with measurable improvement goals." ATS has executed the points in The Guide for a variety of Fortune 200 customers who have realized better metrics in production hours, parts spending, machine uptime, cycle time, capacity and ultimately profitability. For more information or to request a copy of "The Guide to Successful Factory Maintenance -- Is Outsourcing Right For You?" visit: http://www.advancedtech.com/theguide or call #800-328-7287. About ATS: ATS makes factories run better. Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS)improves productivity and profitability for many of the world's mostrespected manufacturers through the managed services of production equipment maintenance, information technology and spare parts repair. Founded in 1985, ATS employs 1,200 people across the US and is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers. For more information, visit the ATS Web site at http://www.AdvancedTech.com. For media inquiries: Christen Graham Erin Vadala Warner Communications Warner Communications 207/829-6336 978/468-3076 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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