Strong asset maintenance program results in savings, compliance

Strong asset maintenance program results in savings, compliance

Anyone who owns or operates industrial machinery or mobile equipment knows that using preventative asset maintenance to spot areas that need servicing before they break down is crucial. However, identifying which assets must be replaced can also come with a disorganized scramble in which industrial plant managers clamor for the right paper manuals or documentation that was misplaced long ago.

Much of the time, once the down component has been identified, the only available option is to remove it and drive it to the nearest dealer or repair center, which can lead to long periods of downtime and subsequent additional costs. These issues are some of the most widely reported of any among those who manage facilities in which several pieces of equipment and assets are found.

In addition to having to deal with the unfavorable and challenging circumstances, industrial plant managers are also tasked with planning for and documenting all inspection and maintenance events that take place at the facility. This has also shown to be a difficult and tangled process full of extensive paper work that can even lead to safety, health and other serious compliance issues. These, too, can result in crippling downtime at a facility that could last for an unknown amount of time and lead to unnecessary expenditures.

Control integration and a systems approach
Industrial markets around the country have a few issues in common, including the need to optimize asset uptime, spotting problems with hydraulic and similar systems that stem from untrained, improperly trained or inexperienced staff members, the need to outline MRI sourcing plans and the ever-important demand for a preventive maintenance program. Plant managers are growing increasingly aware of the need for appropriate and timely inspections, especially in markets that must follow strict regulations, such as the oil and gas sector.

These operators are now being held to a much higher standard when it comes to performing routine maintenance, and also for ensuring they keep track of key system components.

To maintain order, many companies use a proactive approach, which may include using spreadsheets and other data organizers to keep tabs on their critical components. While this may get the job done, it will not be performed as effectively as it could be. The methods are typically administered in a clumsy way, and many times, keep staff in the dark about exactly when preventative maintenance is required. New software programs, however, can greatly increase efficiency and accuracy of all record keeping.

Keeping strict documentation is also crucial due to the random inspections that are performed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These inspections are performed to ensure worker safety and to keep maintenance activity from affecting the nearby environment. 

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