Has the term “Medieval” ever been used to describe practices and procedures within your company’s maintenance department?
Synonymous with antiquated tools and outdated techniques, medieval maintenance departments experience higher than average downtime, less asset availability, unmet production targets, lower asset lifecycle, and safety violations contributing to lost time due to injury, or worse.
The word “Medieval” spawns from the Latin “medium aevum” or “Middle Ages”, a time falling between the decline of the Roman Empire and the beginnings of early modern Europe. Historians also call this era the Dark Ages, aptly describing a civilization in disarray, where life was cheap and often cut tragically short.
One symbol of protection descending from the Middle Ages is the knight in shining armour. Knights were elite fighters and considered by their Lords as the first line of defence. Symbolic with honour, nobility, trust, and integrity, these sentinels stood Vigilant over populations keeping them safe from harm while allowing them to carry about their day-to-day activities.