October 10, 2017
In recognition of Manufacturing Day, our tribute to the hard working teams in plants across the country continues. Today, we turn our attention to the critical issue of plant maintenance. Keeping machines running is one of the oldest driving issues manufacturers have rallied around, from the era of steam-powered mills to today’s highly automated machinery and robotics. Reliable equipment, continuous operations, and orchestrated production schedules are the elements of as-promised delivery of products to customers. Now, a closer look at the evolving world of Enterprise Asset Managment
Manufacturing offers interesting opportunities for people with new ideas to help make operations more efficient. One of the areas where increased efficiency has the greatest impact is in the maintenance of physical assets—equipment, facilities, vehicles, and more. Improving a company’s maintenance strategy will result in cost savings, improved safety, and better compliance.
But making an improvement isn’t necessarily about increasing maintenance. Often, it’s more about shifting priorities.
Asset-intensive organizations spend a lot of time on maintenance, and it can be either a reactive, intrusive activity or a key process embedded within normal operations. What makes the difference is whether maintenance is optimized to focus the right amount of attention on the right assets at the right time—and that starts with understanding the criticality of each asset through the concept of reliability based maintenance (RBM).
Robert F. Ford, CMRP, RBM program manager at GE Power Generation Services, speaking in Plant Services magazine, said: “Sometimes, we were over-maintaining nonessential assets. We had to shift the current strategy to spend less time working on nonessential assets and make sure we did the right maintenance on the most critical plant assets.”
RBM helps maintenance organizations focus on the right things: developing and implementing systems, structures, processes and practices that maximize asset uptime at the most cost-effective level. Everything including design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and replacement of every asset is done with the goal of optimizing its reliability. Once assets are inventoried and ranked by criticality, the appropriate maintenance plan is put in place so that resources are committed where they will have the greatest positive impact.
Infor and Genesis Solutions have partnered to present “Reliability Based Maintenance Best Practices”—a webinar that delves into the six steps in the RBM process:
- Master asset list development
- Asset criticality ranking
- Proactive maintenance optimization
- Spare part analysis
- Reliability analytics monitoring
- Root cause analysis
As GE Power’s Ford told Plant Services: “In the absence of standards you get poor quality. Our maintenance standardization efforts for our critical assets allowed us to be consistent across the fleet to better serve our customers and best protect their assets against premature failure.”
View the webinar to learn how RBM can be the starting point for optimizing efficiency in your maintenance organization.