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5 Questions to Ask Before You Adjust the Frequency of Your Shutdowns

Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:46

5 Questions to Ask Before You Adjust the Frequency of Your Shutdowns article

Plant Shutdowns are necessary when maintenance work is required and the plant cannot be running while that work is being performed. Total Plant Shutdowns can be very large and expensive events and, in a downturn such as is currently being experienced in the mining, mineral processing, oil & gas sectors are often the focus of cost reduction opportunities. At face value, it can appear that there is significant money to be saved by increasing the time interval between shutdowns.  The rationale is generally this:


Materials Catalogue – How good is yours?

Friday, 01 April 2016 12:20

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Lifecycle Management of Your Classified Plant

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 13:07

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This article discusses the key activities associated with the acquisition, operation, maintenance and disposal of classified plant and equipment. Let’s start by understanding why classified plant needs special attention.


Optimise Your Lubrication Program

Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:11

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Maintenance KPI’s – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:39

Maintenance KPIs – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

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The theory and context behind KPIs is well established, a quick internet search leads to pages of results.  Debates ensue over what is a KPI, what is a Metric, who should set KPIs and based on what, when and how they should be reviewed, the balance between leading and lagging indicators, the list goes on.  But in general a KPI is defined as:


Key Asset Management Processes - Implementing ISO 55000

Friday, 29 January 2016 11:33

Our series has already explored the asset management planning and decision making process in some detail in Parts 45 and 6. This is obviously a key process for successful asset management, but it is equally obviously insufficient as the actions identified in the plan(s) will need to draw on other organisational processes.


Organising for Effective Asset Management: Leadership - Implementing ISO 55000

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:17

At this point in the series, we have answered many of the technical questions regarding asset management. This article moves on to some of the human issues – how to build an asset management organisation and how to lead it to success. Nothing happens without an appropriate workforce structure, so let’s start with the organisation chart.


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