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How to overcome 7 common frustrations faced by Maintenance Managers

6 October 2020 posted in Maintenance Optimization

Being a Maintenance Manager can be a very rewarding, yet challenging role. A Maintenance Manager is typically accountable for ensuring maintenance is executed correctly, on time and within budget to assure the safety and integrity of the facility, and that uptime and reliability targets are achieved. 

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Essential behaviours and traits of an influential leader

22 September 2020 posted in Training and Development

If you look after your people, they will in turn look after your clients and business. It is therefore fundamental that you influence correctly and lead them in the most effective way possible, to help them evolve, grow and deliver great work. 

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Plugging the skills gap: why now is a critical time to invest in learning

4 September 2020 posted in Training and Development

With an increasing number of knowledgeable and skilled people leaving the energy industry, and less experienced people stepping into managerial positions, there is a growing skills gap emerging across the globe that is brewing the perfect storm.

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A Step-by-step guide to a CMMS build with Add Energy

2 September 2020 posted in CMMS Data Building

Having an effective computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) is vital for running a facility successfully, allowing the maintenance of equipment and assets to be more proactive as opposed to reactive. 

All decisions should be made based on accurate, reliable data - but for many companies, data within the CMMS is inaccurate or missing altogether. This can cause significant knock-on issues, for example high levels of backlog or conducting more corrective maintenance than preventative, which could be easily avoided.

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3 training courses designed to unlock efficiencies for your asset

11 August 2020 posted in Training and Development

While training may seem like a costly and unnecessary venture right now, it will inevitably unlock ROI opportunities and savings in the long run. As new skills are learned, knowledge is enhanced and efficiencies will be gained in relation to enhanced production, reliability, HSE performance and cost optimization. 

This is especially true within the world of asset management and maintenance optimization at the moment, as there are a wealth of efficiency savings and production optimization  opportunities that can be unearthed and capitalised upon. And effective training can be the much-needed catalyst for these savings. 

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My Take on Managing the Cost of Aging Assets

4 August 2020 posted in Asset Life Extension

Managing operational expenditure is a challenge for any asset, but as the age of an asset increases, additional challenges are introduced, and the cost of operational expenditure typically rises. These additional costs are usually driven by equipment failure, obsolescence, and lack of sufficient maintenance.

To help manage the costs of aging assets, maintenance and operational stakeholders need to consider, and invest into proven initiatives that optimise ways of working, increase equipment reliability and assure safety integrity of the facility.

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5 tips for preventing unplanned downtime

24 July 2020 posted in Maintenance Optimization

The biggest enemy of maintenance and reliability is unplanned downtime. While planned downtime is inevitable when managing a plant, unplanned downtime is often one of the largest challenges and expenses.

When production has to cease unexpectedly because of a broken part or safety issue, time needs to be urgently spent to identify the problem, fix it, and ensure there are no ancillary issues before restarting. This is highly disruptive and costly, and maintenance teams are therefore always striving to avoid unexpected failures or breakdowns. 

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5 indicators of an inefficient CMMS and how to overcome them

22 July 2020 posted in CMMS Data Building

A computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) is a critical element to efficient maintenance management. It is used to help meet production demands, reduce OPEX costs, increase profits, and minimize risk of incidents. In particular, an effective CMMS can provide better management and control of: 

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A 5 step process for improving your asset performance

7 July 2020 posted in Maintenance Optimization

Continual review of your maintenance program and process is a vital practice for maintenance teams - enabling them to optimize expenditure, unlock efficiencies and enhance safety.  At Add Energy we help companies do this through our benchmarking projects, which set our clients on a path to maintenance excellence, based on industry best practice and our experience of analysing over 1,000 assets worldwide.

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RFID Tracking Software, AssetVoice™ Receives Award of Excellence

29 June 2020 posted in RFID Asset Tracking - AssetVoice

To help companies efficiently monitor, track and analyse assets; Add Energy, the University of Salford and Innovate UK collaborated on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop an integrated solution using RFID hardware and IoT technologies. AssetVoice™ captures and manages any changes of components, throughout their lifecycle and in real time by utilising RFID tags, sensor technologies and cloud computing to automate the change management process in a simple, user-friendly, and fully customisable manner. 

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