Since I started in the maintenance field in the late 1960’s, maintenance has always been viewed as a necessary evil, an overhead, or expense function. Organizations have never learned to view maintenance as an “profit center”. This was true even though systems engineering courses taught that maintenance was necessary and the maintenance cost was specified in the design and installation of the equipment. Despite the overwhelming evidence that properly controlling maintenance costs could contribute to profitability, companies never viewed it as such. It is my hope that companies continue to explore this area for increased financial contributions to their profitability. Perhaps the total life cycle approach to managing assets as part of ISO-55000 may help companies start this journey.
Is the Internet of Things (IoT) the Answer? While our last few blogs focused more on problems that the lack of expertise in the skilled trades is causing us; in this blog, we [...]
“Earlier this year, Fluor opened a skilled craft training center in the Gulf Coast, stating that while the firm could not train its way out of the shortage, it hopes to alleviate the problem”. Increased training is a partial answer. However, in most skilled trades disciplines, it takes a minimum of four years to achieve a journeyman status. In some technical skills, the apprenticeship can take up to 6 years. Hence the quote “the firm could not train its way out of the shortage”.
To understand how these four reasons impact asset management, we first need to understand why the EAM system is important to asset management. (For the sake of this blog, we will focus on physical assets.) In the ISO-55000 document, section 2.4.1 mentions the need for analytical approaches across the life cycle of the asset. The life cycle of an asset begins with the conception of the need for the asset through to the disposal of the asset...
Are zero breakdowns really achievable at your plant or facility? Is it conceivable or even desirable to have zero breakdowns? If we think of the quality initiatives, the goal was zero defects. And while most companies never achieved this goal, many developed strategies or methodologies that came very close to the goal. In fact, Six Sigma Quality was the stated goal for many company’s quality programs.
So we are now 2 1/2 years after the official launch of ISO – 55000. What have been the results so far? Has the standard gain wide acceptance? What is the future for the ISO-55000 standard?
The Good, the Bad, and ISO 55000 – The ISO 55000 How can the technology of: Internet of things (IoT) Big Data Visualization and ISO 55000 make an impact on the “Bad” that we see currently [...]
The Good, the Bad, and ISO 55000 - The Bad This is part 2 of a blog based on the material that will be presented at the SAP for Utilities conference on September 14, 2015. Previously [...]
The Good, The Bad and ISO 55000 This blog is derived from the content that will be presented at the SAP for Utilities conference on September 14, 2015. Since the presentation is divided into three main [...]
Asset Management & ISO 55000 – What are standards and how are they applied? During the Mainstream Conference 2015 in Denver Co (June 7-9), there will be a panel session “Asset Management & ISO 55000 – [...]