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9 "Ps" for Profitable Plant Reliability Improvement Efforts

Profitable Plant Reliability Improvement Efforts

So if you could sum up the common areas of focus during reliability improvement efforts what would they be?

The thought behind this post was if someone ask us what we are doing or what all is involved in a reliability improvement effort, how can we give them the scope in a concise, and memorable way. This could be used early on in the discovery or kick off phase to outline without overwhelming.

I have listed nine things that I would focus on and they all start with P for ease of remembering.

Predictive Maintenance: Using technology to understand equipment condition in a noninvasive way before the functional failure occurs. Example: Vibration, Ultrasonic, Infrared

Preventive Maintenance: Traditional and more invasive time based inspections which should be failure mode based. Example: Visual Inspection of gears in a gear box

Precision Maintenance: Doing the maintenance craft to the best in class standards to prevent infant mortality. Example: Alignment, Balancing, Bolt Torquing

Process: Clear series of steps to identify, prioritize, plan, schedule, execute, and capture history with who is responsible for each. Example: Work Identification Process, Root Cause Process. Work Completion Process

Problem Solving: The process for understanding the real causes of problems and using business case thinking to select solutions that reduce or eliminate the chance of recurrence. Example: Root Cause Analysis, Fault Tree, Sequence of Events Prioritizing of Work: The process of determining sequences of work as well as level of effort using tools like equipment criticality and work order type. Example: RIME index

Parts: These are the processes required to have the right part at the right time in the right condition at the right place for the right cost. Example: Cycle counting process, proper storage procedures, kitting process

Planned Execution: This piece is about taking the identified work and building the work instructions, work package and collecting the required parts and then scheduling the execution. Example: Job Packages, Schedules, Gantt Charts

People: This is where we deal with the change management and leadership portion which is required in order to true make a change to the organization. Example: Situational Leadership, Communication Planning, Risk Identification, Training

So here are my nine "Ps" that you can share as early communication to get your organization on board with your reliability efforts and develop the Profit we all want. What would you add?

This content is originally from ReliabilityNow.com, Edited by Anisa Samarxhiu, Digital Project Manager, CFE Media, asamarxhiu@cfemedia.com

Article courtesy of Plant Engineering.