Up-time and Reliability with Better Asset Maintenance

Have you ever considered the actual impact to the bottom line of running a less than optimal asset maintenance regime through your asset intensive business? Under servicing can have dire impacts in up-time for process heavy industries with significant throughput and reliance of fully functioning assets but so can over servicing where the asset life cycle management is either not understood, or not visible to those accountable.

Oil RefineryAsset maintenance management across the enterprise matters.

Manufacturers build assets with many replaceable components which wear out eventually. The Asset Maintenance Manager accountable has the responsibility to ensure the most efficient way of replacing parts with minimal disruption to the process. Time is money as they say and in some industries, a single hour outage can be many thousands of dollars of revenue that in a 24 hour cycle, cannot be re-generated.

Assets are built to run to specifications that are considered at the time of acquisition. To firstly match the process requirement and secondly to meet a business case outcome through performance and return-on-investment (how much will the asset cost over time, including maintenance?).  When an asset fails unexpectedly this is an unfortunate outcome. When an asset fails and that failure could have been avoided through either predictive or preventative action (a part replacement or planned periodic refurbishment) this is a bad outcome.

Equipment failure is not entirely unavoidable and most businesses allow for an acceptable level of unpredictability with assets on the basis of probability. But things fail. The frequency of this failure event can be mitigated with the application of good management using the right tools and capability. 

IT & Refinery Integration Enter the Asset Performance Management system – the right tool for the job and one that centralises process with asset data to safeguard the asset, the process it serves, the safety of people working with it and ultimately the financial reward generated from that investment.

Getting the best out of your investment in assets and having the ability to manage, mitigate risk of outage and control them is a measure of good business and one that is at the forefront of the minds of our Asset performance Management team at Denver.

Paul Phelan, Senior Project Manager, Denver