November 16, 2018, 11:01 am

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Putting a value on maintenance and reliability improvement

Written by Gary West.   

Given that Assetivity’s business model is all about delivering value to our clients through improvements in asset management, maintenance management and reliability engineering, it is not surprising that we are often asked how best to put a value on maintenance and reliability improvements project.

The answer of course is ‘that depends on the nature of the project’.

In this article, we will consider the three levers of value in any maintenance and reliability improvement project, explore five approaches that we commonly apply to estimate the likely value from the improvement projects, and discuss methods for measuring and monitoring whether the project is actually delivering on its promise.

 

Managing Human Error in Maintenance

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

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.

 

Improving Equipment and People Productivity in the Mining Industry

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

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.
 

Maintenance and Reliability Improvement Program

Written by Jakob Verhoef.   

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.

 

Reliability: Creating Competitive Advantage in a Cost-cutting Environment

Written by Jan van Niekerk.   

Following a period of boom, the main challenge that Maintenance, Operations and Reliability leaders usually face is to survive the inevitable cost cutting that happens during the next part of the cycle.

In response to investors' demands for higher profits during periods of downturn, senior management will demand the same or higher throughput while simultaneously reducing Operations and Maintenance budgets and resources. There is no doubt that Maintenance cost savings directly contribute to the bottom line of a company.  However, Your company will hopefully have already learned that, where cost cutting is concerned, a butcher at a discount rate cannot replace a surgeon with a scalpel if you want to end up with a live patient. 

 

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