Optimizing your maintenance program for unique assets

Optimizing your maintenance program for unique assets

Warehouse managers who use a maintenance management systems can improve their planning and scheduling of maintenance activities, track maintenance patterns, and perhaps best of all, optimize a maintenance program for all relevant work types.

According to Plant Services, maintenance managers are tasked with determining the best combination of breakdown, preventative, predictive and non-maintenance work, as well as if the work will be conducted in house or through a third party company. But before making any decisions, management personnel should break the work down into the three maintenance policies, which can classify how all maintenance begins no matter what kind of asset it is.

The first is failure-based maintenance, which is needed when there is a mechanical breakdown or other kind of failure that keeps an asset from performing at its peak. Such maintenance includes replacing a burned out light bulb. Use-based maintenance occurs at a regular intervals and is measured through periods of time or meters. For example, if light bulbs are replaced once a year, this is use-based maintenance.

Yet another way maintenance is conducted is through condition-based projects, which are triggered when one or more conditions need to be satisfied. According to the news source, this includes when an upper or lower control limit is reached. An example of such maintenance would be replacing light bulbs when the facility's electricity use reaches a certain point, suggestion the light bulb could soon burn out.

No matter what kind of maintenance is being performed, any CMMS can be improved by determining the optimal maintenance policy for each asset. Critical assets, or those that would cause the most problems in the event of a failure, should be assessed first, and the three forms of maintenance should be studied to determine which type works best for these critical assets.

When looking at the three different forms, managers should decide which offers the most benefits at the lowest cost. In assets that have a greater risk of failure, installing redundant equipment is often a smart move, and works especially well if the costs of such an installation is offset by the lower risk the redundancy brings about.

However, if redundancy does not turn out to be cost-effective, condition-based of use-based maintenance policies can be implemented instead and serve a similar purpose.

Developing a strong CMMS can also greatly improve facility diagnostics, which can be used to optimize the projected cost of any maintenance program based on data taken from previous maintenance work.

Industrial plant managers who implement such a system often see huge improvement in operating efficiency of the facility while keeping overall costs down. 

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