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17 Aug 2016

The Difficulties of Complying with Performance Standards

August 17, 2016Blog

All asset-intensive companies struggle with compliance issues that result in high cost, such as:

  1. Verifying that the maintenance plans and inspection tasks programmed into the EAM conform to the documented corporate performance standards for different assets
  2. Updating maintenance plans and inspection tasks in the EAM system when corporate performance standards change
  3. Creating an audit trail of corporate performance standard compliance

The Challenges

Regulated asset-intensive companies working with EAM solutions and third-party contractors struggle to conform to performance and reliability standards.

Working with EAM Solutions

EAM solutions weren’t designed to visualize, review, and edit the maintenance plans associated with locations and assets. Maintenance plans aren’t associated with a performance standard in the EAM—you can’t just click on an asset or location and see the associated maintenance plans and performance standards easily.

There is no simple way to search for gaps in the data or all equipment associated to the same performance standard. Including equipment with no performance standard associated, no maintenance plan, or where the maintenance plan doesn’t match the performance standard or the standard recommended for the class of equipment.

There is no way of automating the process or doing it in bulk, or having a maintenance domain expert edit the details in an easy to use interface. This problem is also relevant for checking or updating maintenance plans.

There is no easy way to document which assets and locations have been verified as compliant in the EAM solution. You also can’t print a report describing compliance of the EAM data to corporate performance standards.

Third-Party Contractors

It’s difficult to supervise and direct third-party contractors with maintenance domain expertise who are typically hired to make recommendations on performance standards and make sure they are applied appropriately to locations and assets. You can’t measure the progress that third-party contractors are making to ensure compliance. They typically charge by the hour and don’t use productivity tools designed to make it easy to solve the compliance problems—often have inefficient solutions to the problem—resulting in high services costs.

Reliance on IT Resources

In order to report on and change EAM data for compliance, maintenance and reliability professionals must rely on IT resources.

How HubHead Will Help

The NRX AssetHub Platform software package is for loading, assessing, visualizing, and reporting on EAM data quality. Configured with custom fields and filters that help automate the process of associating performance standards with locations and assets, confirming that the performance standards are correctly associated, the maintenance plans implement the performance standards correctly, and documenting the process and confirmations for compliance purposes.

NRX AssetHub provides maintenance and reliability professionals at asset-intensive businesses with world-class software solutions for analyzing, visualizing, building, editing, organizing, approving, and sustaining high-quality Asset and Maintenance Data for the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Computerized Maintenance Management (CMMS) systems. We help our customers get their CMMS data right.

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