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12 Sep 2017

Is Your Safety Critical Equipment Adhering to Performance & Reliability Standards?

September 12, 2017Blog

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

Hence, it can be startling to see how some asset-intensive companies roll out their processes. Considering how important these standards are, it is crucial to have a system in place that captures and organizes information accurately and reliably. For example, 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, they typically 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 resides 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?

Furthermore, imagine an Oil & Gas producer doing maintenance in the North Sea. 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 need 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. 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.

How Can An Effective System Improve Your Business?

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.

How Can NRX Help Your Business Continue to Run Effectively?

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. To learn more about how NRX AssetHub can help your organization, please contact us at 1-877-603-4679 or book a demo today!

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