The computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is a vital tool for achieving effective and efficient maintenance and materials management. Having good quality, accurate and structured master data linked to functional locations and maintainable items within the asset register enables maintenance and materials management to be cost-effective and highly productive.
An aging plant is one that has typically been operating over several decades and is likely to have gone through significant changes, ranging from modifications to expansions and design changes. As the asset gets older, there are several challenges that will inevitably arise, such as over or under maintained equipment, difficulties purchasing spare parts or changes in operating conditions that can lead to corrosion, erosion, mechanical damage, and other late life degraded failures.
An operating plant is subject to significant changes throughout its lifecycle, ranging from new owners to plant upgrades, design changes and expansions. When these changes are not managed correctly this can incur exposure to safety issues, downtime and unnecessary costs.
Efficient inventory and spare part management is a fundamental requirement for achieving business performance goals and mitigating risk.
Safe, efficient and effective asset management is dependent on an optimized maintenance and integrity management regime, built upon reliable, structured and quality master data.
For any new or operational plant, the CMMS build is a crucial requirement that will lay the foundation for managing the maintenance, integrity and reliability of the plant through its operational life-cycle. Getting this foundation element wrong will quickly be magnified in poor work execution, rework and extended lost production, directly impacting OPEX.
When a company embarks on a business merger or acquisition of a facility or multiple facilities, there are several critical success factors for assuring the process is implemented as seamlessly, morally, and efficiently as possible.
The CMMS, EAM or ERP sits at the heart of safe, effective, and efficient management of a facility, therefore the migration of the maintenance, materials and integrity data to a single, common platform can be critical to the success of a merger or acquisition.
In this blog, Andy Bell – a data migration expert from Add Energy, discusses common challenges associated with data migration, the risks and potential impact this can have on a business when it goes wrong and solutions to consider for setting a data migration project up for success.
It is a known fact that planned preventative maintenance is significantly more cost-effective than breakdown maintenance or replacing expensive parts. For many companies, preventative maintenance is seen as an investment - one that must be carefully balanced, planned, and scheduled to reap the economic and safety benefits so that the return on investment (ROI) can be realized.
Without a meticulously planned preventative maintenance management regime, companies are subject to increased risk of equipment failure, loss of production, and excessive maintenance costs.
Logistics Managers can significantly reduce risks and unlock major efficiencies by deploying RFID tagging across key equipment. Having instant access to accurate, reliable information provided by unique identification tags can help you to protect the value of your plant or company, identify cost and resource saving opportunities, and minimize risk.
At a base level, RFID tagging allows you to very easily know what is what. It gives your equipment a digital identity, and allows you to associate detailed information with that identity - such as where it’s been, its current location, its service history, its cost, its maintenance, and much more - so that strategic decisions can be made with confidence.
In this blog post, we explore the key benefits RFID tagging can bring to Logistics Managers…