In my book, Uptime, I talk about doing a review or assessment to determine your current state as compared with your vision of some desired future state. This suggests to many that a formal assessment is needed. However, you might also notice that I removed the Appendix containing sample assessment questions. Here’s why… Read more “Teach and ask, don’t observe and judge. Maintenance assessments – do they really help”
Many of you may be surprised to learn that Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) was actually developed with cost cutting in mind! Aircraft maintenance costs were huge. For example the Douglas DC-8-32 aircraft (a four engine narrow body jet liner built from 1958 to 1967 that carried 150 passengers) required upwards of 4,000,000 man hours of maintenance work for only 20,000 hours of flying time! Read more “Myth busting 28: RCM is expensive”
Except for a few industries where mistakes can have high costs in terms of human life or massive environmental impact most of us do a poor job of setting ourselves up for success. We build or acquire new capital assets making little or no provision for spare parts, training of maintainers and operators in new skills and knowledge. Most of us do a very poor job of providing technical documentation to the support disciplines – project engineering often simply files whatever it has gathered and often in a file scheme tied to contractor contract numbers rather than using the asset hierarchy that everyone else will use in one form or another. Commissioning activities rarely push the new assets hard enough – they ramp up slowly, almost gingerly, because so few really know much about how it all should work. They are unprepared for any semblance of normal operations. Read more “Capital Asset Management – Setup 1”
With the advent of ISO 55000, 55001 and 55002 there will naturally be a desire for some companies to get certified. In fact in the UK, the first certification by the British Standards Institute has already taken place and less than a month after the standards were officially released! If your organization was already PAS 55 certified, it should be a small leap to ISO certification – after all, it was based on PAS 55 and if anything, it appears to be a bit less onerous as well as better suited to broader application.
Certification against ISO 55001 applies only to the management system for a facility, installation, company or other portfolio of assets. It DOES NOT apply to people, but people can be certified as Asset Managers. Read more “ISO 55000 Certification”