The position of a maintenance manager is becoming increasingly important for the operating result. As a result, the maintenance department is increasingly playing a central role. Company values such as safety, compliance, environment and sustainability can be positively influenced by an optimal condition of the assets, the assets. But the condition of the assets is influenced by many factors, often beyond the reach of a maintenance organization. Design parameters, production, raw materials, information management and existing competencies are factors that influence this. Asset management is the latest framework that makes the connection between all facets aimed at the optimal use of assets. This indicates what an organization must have to permanently close the PDCA circle and especially on the connection between strategic, tactical and operational.
Trend 1: Do more with less money
The industry has been working for years to use their assets as optimally as possible. The maintenance organizations usually have sufficient knowledge of their assets. They can respond to changing patterns of a production department and a management. And they’ve become more and more creative because they can incur fewer and fewer costs. But what do you do when the rack is out? Or if investments need to be made? How are the consequences (risks) of a particular choice assessed? Is there enough data available and how is useful information made of it? Read the article about doing more with less money.
Trend 2: From maintenance engineering to reliability engineering
Many industries have been carrying out planned maintenance on their installations for years, usually based on methodologies such as FMECA and RCM. This was often done years ago, where the methods were carried out with a certain pragmatism and no updating took place. The implementation of this often lies with the maintenance engineer. Many of these maintenance engineers are active in work preparation and in the realization of modifications and maintenance. But is there enough time for the optimization of maintenance? Do you have sufficient competences for this? Do you have the right data? Read the article From maintenance to reliability engineering.