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15 Dec 2016

Need to Comply with Reliability or Performance Standards?

December 15, 2016Blog

Are you implementing new reliability or performance standards for an existing facility, or perhaps rolling out a new facility that must comply with several standards? Whatever your maintenance and reliability initiatives involve, ensuring there is accuracy in your compliance and maintenance management system is critical.  Having the assurance that these measures are carried out consistently, regardless of who performs the work, is also vital.

With that being said, it can be an eye-opening experience to see how some asset-intensive companies roll out their processes in order to ensure that maintenance standards are being met. Given the level of importance this holds, it is crucial to have a system in place that captures and organizes accurate and reliable information. In our experience, we have seen many asset-intensive companies hire contractors and consultants to develop spreadsheets and document-based processes. Yes, they capture information such as types of assets, which standards apply and the frequency at which compliance must be verified. However, typically they do not capture the maintenance information required, such as maintenance plans and task lists to perform inspections. They leave that up to the maintenance staff within the organization. As such, most of the specifics for compliance still reside within the heads of their maintenance personnel. When the time comes to substantiate compliance, they scramble to provide the evidence they need to produce.

How on earth can that be effective?

To paint the picture even further, imagine an Oil & Gas producer doing maintenance in the North Sea. As one can imagine, there are strict performance standards for maintaining their safety-critical offshore assets. Often, maintenance is managed in IBM Maximo, which is not designed for managing a compliance process.  This leaves no efficient way to ensure their performance standards are being implemented everywhere they needed them to be, and no way to keep a record of checks for compliance. As a result, companies like these have had to deal with incorrect equipment being disseminated, wasted time as well as excessive amounts of money to perform ineffective maintenance. Compliance is a regulatory requirement, and non-compliance can have disastrous results, depending on your industry and the type of process or asset in question. For an oil drilling rig in the North Sea, exposure can mean risk of multiple deaths or environmental catastrophe. In food processing, exposure can mean health risk, or massive recalls. In manufacturing, exposure might mean extended downtime, production loss, and loss of reputation.

We can help.

Asset-intensive companies use NRX AssetHub to verify that their asset hierarchy is accurate and complete. For example, they use NRX AssetHub to load reliability and performance standards documents into a Document Management System. Standards are attached to their applicable assets, which in turn gives access to the maintenance personnel creating the plans and task lists. Intelligent filtering is also used to locate any assets that are missing criticality values, or performance standards documents. Next, powerful reports can be generated to quickly identify critical assets that are missing maintenance plans and task lists. These are just some of the many solutions that can streamline and effectuate a company’s maintenance management systems. To learn more about how NRX AssetHub helps our customers comply with reliability and performance standards, please visit us here: http://nrx.pages.ontraport.net/standards_tip

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