Reliability Improvements with James Reyes-Picknell
When it comes to reliability programs, many organizations only focus on the cost reduction of assets and that is a terrible practice. It is not the only goal that reliability program can be deduced to achieve. There are a lot of other activities that can generate a sustainable revenue for you if you perform the necessary maintenance activities for keeping your assets working more efficiently. The real goals of the reliability programs should be to reduce downtime, increase availability, and enhance the performance of those assets that should be working for continuous production.
When you focus on a short-term benefit that is all you get and then you have to face critical failures that lead to bad product quality and loss of time and money that leads to shut-down of the production. That is something you can avoid by making certain reliability improvements to your asset management. You should be improving your processes, training your staff, and keeping your assets up and running. That kind of reliability and maintenance activities will ultimately optimize the quality and production of your organization’s systems. This will ultimately lead to high ROI and sustainable production levels.
Make sure you have your work processes in place before you do any sort of PM compliances. That needs to be done before you even start working on any expected solution to your journey towards improvement. You need to plan and schedule for everything and promote the best practices as much as you can. For bringing about the change, you need to get your change management to support you. Then you need to get every stakeholder in a room and discuss with them risk and opportunities of every possible way there is. That is something that helps you regulate things and get to know everyone that might be affected by the actions of your team.
After that, you can go about working on the uptime of the assets and perform asset criticality analysis and all sorts of other RCM analysis. You can definitely use different software for analysis but if you have well-trained and experienced statisticians, you can make them work on at least the basic calculations to determine regressions, failures, and risks involved on the basis of data reading you have collected from your system’s regulatory compliance’s. That not only saves time and has better effectiveness, it also leads to better strategies for the handling of failures that can occur at smaller levels without doing complex PMs.
Whatever you do, consistently improve it. It can always take time to get to the desired outcomes but the end result will always be free of those annoying iterative failures that keep occurring. When you start working on those hidden costs that can lead to failure of initiatives, make the production sustainable by keeping the safety of people and environment in mind, and do things differently than the last time, that can stop equipment from failing. You need to facilitate everyone, make small mistakes, and improve by learning.
James Reyes-Picknell Links:
- Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management, Third Edition
- Reliability Centered Maintenance – Reengineered: Practical Optimization of the RCM Process with RCM-R®
- Conscious Asset
- Conscious Reliability
- REM Magazine
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