Using Equipment Visuals to Help Improve Equipment Operability, Maintainability and Reliability

Using Equipment Visuals to Help Improve Equipment?Operability, Maintainability and Reliability Making equipment and processes more reliable, easier to operate and easier to maintain are very worthwhile goals. There are many proven methods for improving performance and reliability. However some of the most overlooked and lowest cost improvement tools are known as “equipment visuals.”

“Equipment visuals” include a wide variety of equipment-specific and task-specific visual cues that help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the human interaction with equipment. These visual cues often serve as reminders or warnings:
 

  • Communicate process settings or procedures.
  • Help expose hidden parts making equipment easier to inspect.
  • Significantly reduce equipment-specific training time by getting the important information ON the equipment where it’s needed.
  • Reduce problem-solving time with the use of equipment visuals.
Using Equipment Visuals to Help Improve Equipment?Operability, Maintainability and Reliability

Use this petro-chemical facility visual checklist to help you evaluate just how visual your facility is, as well as identify target opportunities for improvement. The checklist features questions that are considered best practice for your Facility, Area, Equipment and Tools, Supplies and Inventory. Once the checklist is completed, you can add up the total number of points scored to determine if your facility is rated excellent, satisfactory or poor.

© 2015 Information courtesy of Brady Worldwide Inc.

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