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Asset Health and Condition Monitoring: How to Establish a Successful Program - Part 2

Friday, 18 January 2013 08:22

Welcome back. In Part 1 of this series of 3 articles, we talked about the elements of a Condition Monitoring system and their relationships. We stressed the importance of thinking about it as a continuous cycle that drives bottom line improvements to your overall Asset Management strategy.

 

Why Shutdown

Monday, 22 October 2012 10:42

There are few activities on the maintenance calendar that pose a bigger risk to your production than shutdowns. They consume resources, create downtime, and are often plagued by over-runs and restart issues. So before you take that risk again, have a look at our latest article – “Why Shutdown” – and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

 

Asset Health and Condition Monitoring: How to Establish a Successful Program - Part 1

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:21

This is the first in a series of three articles on Condition Monitoring (CM). This series will cover:

  • How Condition Monitoring can be used to determine Asset Health;
  • The current status of Condition Monitoring in terms of technological development
  • What systems and processes can be used to establish and manage a successful Asset Health and Condition Monitoring program.

In this article, I will try to give you an overview of the current state of the art in this field, a perspective of what a Condition Monitoring system looks like as well as its main components and their interactions.

 

Horizon Power - Capital Work Management Training

Friday, 14 September 2012 12:09

Horizon Power recently engaged Mincom to implement an upgrade of their CMMS. This upgrade included the suite of applications which make up Capital Work Management. Mincom’s Capital Works Management package is a suite of related Ellipse applications which facilitate management of capital projects and includes Mincom’s new work scheduling application, Work Planner.

Horizon Power chose Assetivity to work with both Mincom and Horizon Power staff to develop the required training documentation, and deliver effective training to key HP personnel. The training material was developed using the online help application for the Capital Works Management modules. This was done to ensure consistency in the training material was maintained.

 

‘Best Practice’ Supply Chain Audits

Monday, 20 August 2012 11:05

The reliable supply of equipment, spare parts, consumables and services is a significant element in the efficient and effective operation and maintenance of a plant or physical asset. There is far more to achieving results in this area than simply signing purchase orders and there are many methods that can be employed to improve performance. The objective should always be to achieve sustainable improvement and one of the best ways to achieve this is to carry out an audit on your supply chain. Experience suggests that this type of intervention pulls one of the "levers of change" for maintenance performance and can lead to long term and large scale improvements.

 

Tiwest Joint Venture Kwinana: Plant Shutdown Planning and Scheduling

Monday, 16 July 2012 11:04

Tiwest Joint Venture operates a Pigment plant in Kwinana Western Australia. The plant utilises a number of complex interconnected processes to produce Titanium Dioxide (TiO2).

Due to the nature of Tiwest’s production process, a number of highly volatile and corrosive substances are both utilised and produced. This makes it imperative that safety be at the forefront of the preparation process. This necessitates adherence to strict processes during the planning and scheduling of all shutdown related work.

To this end, Tiwest had made some significant improvements to their shutdown planning, scheduling and execution processes over a number of previous shutdowns. In the lead up to this shutdown, Tiwest wanted to ensure these improvements were leveraged, and further improvement opportunities were identified.

To assist in achieving their goals, Tiwest sought to engage the services of Assetivity.

 

Making The Most Of Your Consultant's Time

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:43

So you’ve made the decision to engage Assetivity to undertake a particular assignment within your organisation. Your reasons for engaging an Assetivity consultant(s) to perform the assignment could be due a lack of internal personnel resources to undertake the required tasks, or your area lacks the required skillsets to perform the required tasks, or a combination of both. Whatever your reasons, you want to make sure that in engaging a consultant for the assignment, that the assignment will be completed in an agreed timeframe, with specified deliverables to a defined quality, and overall achieved within the funding that has been sourced and allocated to the assignment.

 

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