Often, we shut down our computers once we are done using it for the day or when it is not in use. We do this so that we do not drain out the battery or skew its performance. Similarly, with all the different kinds of equipment that organizations use, shutdowns are crucial in ensuring the longevity of assets.
At its core, shutdowns are conducted to perform critical tasks while the plant is non-operational. If done efficiently, shutdowns can help restore and fix equipment, but shutdowns can cause significant financial losses to companies if managed poorly.
Conducting Shutdown Maintenance
Unexpected breakdowns can occur at any time, which may have potentially severe impacts. Therefore, certain kinds of equipment need to have shutdowns so that these parts can undergo preventive maintenance. Conducting shutdown maintenance can be accomplished quickly, provided the planning and scheduling of tasks are completed efficiently.
- Planning the right tools: With shutdowns, planning can vary from large businesses to small businesses. Some may opt for a simple spreadsheet or project management software while others may opt for a method that involves using CMMS software or specialized shutdown planning software.
- Conducting progress meetings: The period during shutdowns is crucial as it can help identify any issues. Setting an agenda and reviewing schedules can ensure that the shutdown is on the right track and aligns with its timeframe.
- Appropriate documentation: With big plants and equipment, it is vital that every step is documented, and that safety and quality guidelines are being adhered to. It is also good practice to have these items recorded for future reference so that the maintenance team can review all aspects of shutdown and quality procedures.
Shutdowns to avoid Breakdowns
An effective shutdown is well-planned and well-executed. But planning shutdowns effectively can be a challenge if your asset and maintenance master data isn’t Up-to-date and organized correctly. If you would like to learn more about how we can help assess your asset and maintenance master data and its impact on shutdown planning, click on one of our resources below, or book a demo with us to chat with an expert!
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