Asset management using diagnostics when it really counts

There are similarities between the health of our plants and the health of our bodies. Both send us diagnostic messages if we’re willing to listen to the warnings and act on them. Video: Peter Zornio and Rob McGreevy discuss how and why companies can manage their manufacturing assets better.

04/25/2013

Flash is required!

Peter Zornio and Rob McGreevy discuss how and why companies can manage their manufacturing assets better.



Recently I had an exchange with a friend who told me that he was recovering from a heart bypass operation without having suffered a heart attack. His doctors had undertaken the surgery based on diagnostic information, fixing the problem before something more drastic happened. That is, after all, the basic concept of asset management, and what better place to use it than an individual’s most valuable asset.

This reminded me of a discussion I captured on video (above) where one of the participants made just that comparison. He also made the point that, just as we don’t always act on what our bodies tell us, we don’t always take appropriate action within our plant environments.

The six-minute video offers thoughts on effective asset management from Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer for Emerson Process Management, and Rob McGreevy, vice president of platform and applications for Invensys Operations Management.

The cover story of our May issue deals with a Monsanto manufacturing facility that has been very successful at reducing unplanned shutdowns, reducing maintenance costs, and extending plant availability through the use of some very basic asset management techniques supported by diagnostics from smart valves and field devices.

The question is, why don’t more companies use these capabilities? The answer, more often than not, seems to hinge on whether one key individual in a plant has gotten the message and experienced the benefits. If that individual is willing to pursue that objective with some zeal, amazing things can happen and nobody has to suffer a heart attack.

Peter Welander, pwelander@cfemedia.com



Jonas , , 08/10/13 12:48 AM:

Learn more about device diagnostics and how to incorporate device diagnostics in daily maintenance and turnaround planning from white papers and guidelines found here:
http://www.eddl.org/DeviceManagement/Pages/DeviceDiagnostics.aspx
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
Safety standards and electrical test instruments; Product of the Year winners; Easy and safe electrical design
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Diagnostic functions for system safety; Specifying industrial enclosures; Effective decision support for a crisis
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Natural gas for tomorrow's fleets; Colleges and universities moving to CHP; Power and steam and frozen foods

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me