Intelligent Asset Maintenance

Intelligent Asset Maintenance

Drawing from a wealth of experience within the Waste, Water and Energy Industries, Black & Veatch works with Clients to assess their current asset base and help identify opportunities to improve how their Assets are maintained. Using this approach we aim to ensure that our Clients maintain their contractual obligations to the relevant Government bodies and also to help ensure that they give their customers value for money.

Understanding your Assets

Black & Veatch Asset Management Services work with clients to gain an understanding of their Asset base with a view to improving financial performance, reducing operational risk and execute more effective planning decisions.

This is achieved by working directly on sites with Clients to review processes and procedures and carrying out in depth analysis of maintenance history.

Lean RCM

Lean RCM is the combination of Lean Methodologies used within Lean Manufacturing, and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) that is utilised within the Aerospace and Automotive Industries.

Utilised within the Aircraft and Automotive Industries, Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) provides the opportunity to review the processes and issues in depth using Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA). By also utilising some of the tools that were derived as part of the Lean Manufacturing system, this will allow the operator to gain good quick visuals on the performance of the plant. It is designed to try and “predict” when a failure might occur, and so intervene in time so that the cost to repair/replace is vastly reduced.

The outputs from the Lean RCM process form the basis of a maintenance plan to care for the assets, deriving the type of maintenance to be carried out, frequency and trade etc. It does not replace the Statutory requirements on the Operator for certain items of equipment (e.g. lifting equipment inspections).

Condition Based Monitoring

One of the tools that can be utilised to monitor the performance of your assets is Condition Based Monitoring (CBM).

In its simplest form, it is done by the Operator during a daily walk around of the plant. By using their own senses, Seeing, Hearing, Smell, Touch (where appropriate) etc. they can determine how an asset is performing at that time. Usually, if something does not feel right, it probably isn’t. Corrective Maintenance can then be arranged to address any issues that are found, prolonging the life of the asset and reducing the risk of a potential failure.

If it has been determined that access to certain items of equipment is not feasible, other forms of CBM can be brought into use. Typical examples of these will be Vibration Monitors, Temperature monitoring, Flow rate analysis etc. These outputs can be monitored (Asset 360 is an excellent tool to do this) with triggers identified when an intervention needs to occur to catch failures prior to happening.

The types of CBM that are required will be determined following the Lean RCM analysis of the equipment on the plant, depending on the location and complexity of the equipment that has been assessed.