Improve your asset productivity and reliability, so as to maximise OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)
Capital Intensive Process Industries are facing many challenges in today’s market, the need to constantly reduce the cost of production and maximise return on assets, whilst at the same time achieve ever increasing safety and environmental standards.
In response to these challenges companies have undertaken many initiatives to eliminate unplanned breakdowns and increase throughput, whilst some have delivered significant benefits, many companies are still struggling to address asset optimization issues and the constant challenge between Operations to keep the asset running and maintenance requesting downtime for Preventative Maintenance tasks still causes major friction in many organisation.
We believe that to achieve true optimisation requires an approach that breaks down the silos, changing the culture to empower the workforce and finding new solutions to existing problems using data and technology. A key component is the use of OEE as an overall measure rather than individual departmental measures so eliminate the departmental silos as everyone is focused on the one key improvement measure and when used correctly can identify “hidden losses” such as minor stops or reduced speed losses. Secondly, while Technology and the IoT can improve “visibility” on the condition of the plant, often we find that real benefits are not realised until we truly change the ways we operate and maintain the plant.
The use of advance analytics can help identify the optimum settings for operations or the remaining life of key components for maintenance, it is only when we evolve of business processes and engage the employees to new actions and behaviours that the real benefits are realised.
The application of Lean Management tools and systems such as Agile where employees are able to more easily “see” the problems and then “swarm” to resolve them further eliminates the silos and empowers our employees to greater levels of productivity and performance. Finally a structured approach to achieving improved levels of Asset Reliability through determining the optimum maintenance tactics, the work management processes for execution and supported by enhanced asset health monitoring and data analytics for improved predictive maintenance decisions.
"...while technology and IoT can improve
visibility on the condition of a plant, often we find
that real benefits are not realized until we truly change the ways we operate
and maintain the plant..."
Process plants have long had huge volumes of data related to the operation of the plant but was used only in the plant operation domain, similarly in the past a lot of the maintenance data was either manually recorded or captured in systems that were not integrated.
With the advances enabled by IoT the challenge is to find ways to interpret this data into meaningful information that they can use to make accurate and effective decisions, both the strategic and day-to-day decision makings. This is where embracing new digital technologies would open enormous opportunities for safety, productivity, and cost efficiency improvement leap.
How Relogica can help you ?
Operations Management Excellence enables our clients to reduce costs, increase capacity and efficiencies, improve operating margins, and enhance cash flow; using LEAN and TPM methodology, to eliminate waste in their processes by engaging all employees toward a culture of excellence.
Improving maintenance & reliability functions effectively requires organisations to understand the concept of Maintenance excellence and the holistic concept of Asset Management.
Maintenance & Reliability
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