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Using Performance Measures to Drive Maintenance and Asset Management Performance Improvement

Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:34

analysing data

Many people and many organisations are struggling to develop Performance Measures that effectively drive performance improvement.  They are often wading under the ad-hoc morass of inherited, legacy Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and performance reports.  The bureaucracy involved in producing, analysing and reporting on these performance measures has taken over from effective, action-oriented Maintenance Improvement, and the purpose behind the production of the KPIs has been lost.


Managing Human Error in Maintenance

Monday, 01 December 2014 15:39

Human-ErrorNumerous research studies have shown that over 50% of all equipment fails prematurely after maintenance work has been performed on it. In the most embarrassing cases, the maintenance work performed was intended to prevent the very failures that occurred. Building on the latest academic research, and based on practical experience, this paper outlines the key things that maintenance managers can do to reduce or eliminate the impact of human error in maintenance.


Equipment Criticality Analysis – A Streamlined Approach

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:03

critical equipmentAs consultants, we have seen our clients spend an awful lot of time performing detailed analysis in order to determine the criticality of their equipment.  In our view, much of that time is unnecessary.  In this article, we will explore a streamlined approach for determining equipment criticality, which achieves the desired results, but more quickly, and consuming less of your most valuable people’s time. 

Before starting, however, it is worth first considering whether you need to perform Equipment Criticality Analysis at all, and if you do, what you are going to use the resulting outputs for.  As we discuss in the article “Equipment Criticality Analysis – Is it a Waste of Time?”, there are a number of possible uses for Equipment Criticality Analysis, some more sound than others.  It is important to start this process with the end objective clearly in mind – there is definitely nothing more wasteful than spending lots of time assessing the criticality of every asset in your organisation, loading this into your ERP, EAM or CMMS system, and then doing nothing with it.


Improving Equipment and People Productivity in the Mining Industry

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:08

Here is a copy of a presentation given by Sandy Dunn at the IMARC conference in September 2014.  In this presentation he talks about

  • past trends in multifactor productivity in the mining industry,
  • what mining companies are currently doing to improve productivity (and the appropriateness of those actions), and
  • a suggested pathway for future, sustainable improvements in productivity of mining equipment and people.

Leading an ISO 55000 Implementation: It’s Not What You Do, It’s The Way You Do It

Monday, 29 September 2014 11:24

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall”— Stephen Covey.

With the ink dry on the ISO 55000 series of standards, asset management is a term of growing importance in many industries. There are significant benefits on the table (see our How Does Asset Management Deliver Value article for more information), but implementation can be a challenge. This paper, written by Scott Yates and Sudarshan Mandloi, explores four key ideas that top management can use to drive the process forward:

  • Be a leader
  • Give direction
  • Allocate resources
  • Reward performance 

5 Keys to Lean Maintenance and Improving Maintenance Productivity - Part 4 - Continuous Improvement

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:42

If your Maintenance function is already doing the right work, and you are doing the work right, there are primarily three areas in which continuous improvement can further improve Maintenance Productivity. These are:

  • Eliminating the wastes which prevent Maintenance work from being performed efficiently,
  • Continuously improving the Preventive and Predictive Maintenance program, and
  • Eliminating the defects which cause the need for Maintenance work

Maintenance and Reliability Improvement Program

Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:09

PanAust is a leading copper and gold producer in Southeast Asia and has a portfolio of pre-development projects in Laos, Chile and Papua New Guinea. PanAust currently owns and operates the Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation and the Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation in Laos.

To support its growth objectives, while maintaining consistency and discipline across its operations, PanAust sought to establish a consistent approach to asset maintenance and reliability management across all their operations.

Assetivity was engaged to partner with PanAust in achieving its objectives.


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