Alan Osan is a Senior External Advisor to the Manufacturing service line in the McKinsey Global Operations Practice. Previously, Alan worked with McKinsey & Company as a Senior Global Manufacturing Practice Expert. His work emphasizes operational transformations in capital-intensive, continuous process industries. He is an expert in Operations and production management, process and equipment reliability, maintenance, TPM, procurement, organizational design, business management, strategy development.
Extended lean toolkit for total productivity
By adapting and extending current lean-management capabilities, companies can put new resources to the best possible use.
The upside of downtime
Better management of shutdowns and turnarounds can yield schedule and cost improvements of up to 30 percent.
Ask an Expert: Advanced analytics and asset productivity
Experts share insights on things companies can do now to take advantage of coupling advanced data analysis and best-practice asset productivity
Growing up: Asset productivity and agribusiness
Keeping agricultural equipment healthy and fit will be essential as the demand for agri-products explodes
Ask an expert: an effective maintenance and reliability organization
With the right organizational structure and approach, the maintenance and reliability function can be high-performing and an enormous asset
A new approach to asset productivity
Physical assets need more than just maintenance; smart companies will take an end-to-end view
Ask an expert: Maintenance labor productivity
Wrench time identifies improvement opportunities and provides a good yardstick for measuring performance
Trouble in store
Poor or limited maintenance inventory policies mean many companies are tying up too much cash in spare parts, while still failing to keep assets running
Unleashing a total productive maintenance transformation
TPM offers a good place to start for companies seeking to boost their operational performance
How can you optimize a maintenance contract?
Experts Alan Osan and Steve Tideswell provide guidelines to help companies optimize existing maintenance contracts
Reliability excellence in boom and bust
Research in the pulp and paper sector shows the power of reliability-focused management to help companies perform in demanding economic conditions
Challenges in tackling reliability improvements
Alan Osan answers three short questions on reliability improvement, material purchases, and standardizing MRO part numbers
Conducting equipment checks in an oil refinery
Expert Alan Osan shares best practices on conducting joint equipment checks
Reliability: not just for manufacturing
Expert Alan Osan applies reliability principles to banking, financial services, insurance, and telecom industries
Reducing mean time to repair (MTTR)
Senior Expert Alan Osan discusses three key elements that help reduce mean time to repair (MTTR), a key component of reliability
Key indicators in maintenance and reliability transformations
Alan Osan discusses key performance indicators for maintenance and reliability to consider when conducting an operations transformations program
The hidden plant: chemical industry case study
A medium-sized chemicals firm applied lean techniques to its production and maintenance processes, resulting in capacity equivalent to a new plant
Optimizing production in the age of the machine
As machines play an ever more important role in production, companies need smarter and more holistic ways to optimize performance.