of the design requirements. The acceptance testing criteria must also be specific and used toverify that the racecar meets all of the requirements.Then, how this racecar is set up, driven, raced, maintained, and renewed throughout its life cyclewill dictate how long the car will perform as intended. The actions and human variability of thedrivers, pit crew, crew chief, mechanics, fabricators, engineers, parts suppliers, and a host of others all play into these life cycle phases: utilization and maintenance.
Reliability Inhibiting Variables
Let’s briefly consider some of the reliability inhibiting variables commonly found in phases 2and 3:
Semi-qualified, untrained operators or maintainers
Vague operating and maintenance work instructions
Inconsistent, non-standard methods, short-cuts, or violations
Personnel fatigue, stress, sensory limitations
Errors: Skill based, judgment, misperception
Failure to correct known problems with personnel or equipment
Insufficient personnel: Operations, maintenance, supervision
Equipment doing things it was not intended to do
Lax routine cleaning and inspection
Inconsistent or deferred scheduled PM routines
Insufficient, incorrect, unfit for service spare parts
Improper lubricants or lubrication routines
Conflicting priorities: production vs. maintenance
I’ve often referred to asset management as “maintenance on steroids.” But that doesn’t explainwhat asset management really is intended to be. If you’ve made it this far, you can recognize thatthere are more causes of un-reliability, poor equipment performance, and equipment-related problems that are outside the direct control of maintenance. This is where asset managementcomes into play. Here are ten major elements in an asset management system:
focuses on the assets that strategically add value to the enterprise, to the business—the assets that the success of the business is built around.
asset management process
systematically aligns all asset-related policies, procedures,functions, roles, responsibilities, activities, and resources with the strategic plan of the business.
asset management policy
communicates the business imperatives related to its physical assets. This policy, with specific expectations and accountabilities, is deployed atthe same level by the same senior executives as the quality management and environmental,safety and health policies.
Asset management objectives and plans
are aligned with the asset management policy and the strategic business plans and goals.