How do we know if we are really operating to our true potential, are there efficiency gains we can make, can we improve on where we are at, or is it just what it is? Every operation has opportunity for improvement and often lay in plain sight. We can assist with identifying the bad actors that are holding an operation back and develop a solution for improvement. There are also the areas that are common among all operations where there are always opportunities to reduce cost, increase efficiency, increase productivity, increase production.
The main area we call the ‘low hanging fruit’ is always with the people, Asset Management is not just about the physical assets, it requires people to manage, maintain, operate and care for them. Therefore an integrated approach is essential, you cannot improve an operation without improving the behaviour, organization and capabilities of the operations personnel. Imagine the change to your operational performance with a dynamic team that are completely integrated, happy to be there and excited to do their jobs and proactively improve the operations.
Main areas of opportunity
- People (the number 1); team work, communication and integration between site operational teams and groups and or offsite administration and management. Site quality, health, safety and environmental conditions, culture and behavioural, leadership and supervision, accountability, motivation, processes and procedures, reward systems
- Supply Chain; freight costs, parts costs, inferior parts, stock availability, supply/supplier networks and contracts, bulk purchase opportunities, controls, and can have a high impact on preventative and corrective maintenance, authority
- Lubrication; correct use and application, lubricant quality that requires short change intervals and causes excessive heat and wear, leaks, sampling and analysis
- Vibration; best practice predictive maintenance, alignment, torque
- Filtration; correct use and application, inferior quality that requires short change intervals and causes contamination of air, fuel, oil or other process
- Maintenance tasks; non-value adding tasks, missing value adding tasks, incorrect inspection or replacement intervals, lack of skilled and competent service personnel (training)
- Scheduling and Planning; Skills and competency, authority, communications with operations and supply chain, general job planning, technology
- Tooling and equipment; inferior, lack off, controls, access
- General asset management and care; Doing the right work right, technical and operational libraries, process and procedures, cleanliness, proactive operations V’s reactive, failure and root cause analysis, performance assessments reporting and analysis (availability, reliability, faults, production, safety), predictive and preventative maintenance practices, visual aids
By focusing on these areas, and with our support, operations can be rapidly optimized and or turned around.