The convergence of bring your own devices, a technology-savvy workforce and the influx of multiple data flows have made asset-intensive industries lean heavily on technology. As a result, asset-intensive industries are tackling asset management differently from before. Prasanna Kulkarni, founder and product architect of Comparesoft , studied ten key trends that are shaping Enterprise Asset Management in Asset Intensive Industries.

Condition monitoring (CM) no longer needs to be restricted to highly skilled, experienced engineers. With the advent of cloud-based CM systems, users can now share data with experts via the cloud, enabling improved fault diagnosis, faster reaction times and reduced machine downtime, says Dr Steve Lacey, Technology Centre Manager at Schaeffler UK.

When flooring manufacturer Forbo introduced Agility CMMS solution, it reduced plant breakdowns from 90 per month to less than 20, increasing plant availability from 89 per cent to 97 per cent. PWE reports.

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation, looks at managing obsolete automation components in the factory of the future, and how this factory could be ordering your replacement parts for you.

Harald Großmann, service centre manager for Sulzer's Neuss Service centre in Germany looks at the maintenance challenges facing petrochemical refineries and how to improve asset performance and reliability.

Terry Davis, national technical manager at Brammer, looks at how to prepare for scheduled downtime and ensure maintenance activities are fully resourced, carefully planned, and efficiently executed.

In manufacturing facilities, unplanned outages force continuously operating processes to go through shutdown and start-up procedures. It's under these conditions that serious incidents are most likely to occur. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete components supplier European Automation, discusses pervasive sensing techniques and technologies, and the impact they're having on manufacturing.

Industrial IoT is driving the need for integrated solutions throughout The Connected Enterprise. PWE reports. As manufacturing companies aspire to drive tangible value from the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), they look to streamline and integrate processes as one of the most efficient steps to achieve an IoT-ready production and supply network.

PWE asked Ian Higham*, head of maintenance, MCP Consulting Group Ltd, 10 questions that need answering prior to considering CMMS implementation.

Predictive maintenance is revolutionising maintenance strategies of many capital-intensive industries. Yet despite its clear advantages over a costly ‘run until it breaks’ reactive strategy or an inefficient ‘fix it regardless’ preventative approach, predictive maintenance is yet to be widely adopted by manufacturers. PWE looks at the case for technology providers servicing adjacent industries to adopt their predictive maintenance solutions for manufacturers.

In an economic environment that provides no leeway for mistakes and when a short burst of downtime can eradicate all profit margins, organisations of every size need to improve the performance and uptime of equipment. Yet a lack of capital budget continues to constrain the vast majority of maintenance teams: how can any organisation expect to maximise asset value when critical information regarding history, performance, stock and resource utilisation is recorded manually? Karen Waite, marketing manager for Real Asset Management explains.

An easy to implement monitoring solution is helping to reduce slowdowns and shutdowns due to cooling water tower issues. PWE reports.

Whether it’s implementing a Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for the first time or replacing an existing one, many maintenance managers have a set idea of what they are looking for. However, Nicola Byers, group marketing manager at Real Asset Management, questions whether they are missing a vital trick by just looking for a system to carry out the exact same manual processes they already have in place, but electronically - without asking how a system can help to increase productivity, improve planned maintenance, decrease asset down time and save costs?

Schneider Electric, has released Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster use.

Schneider Electric, has released Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster use.

Schneider Electric, has released Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster use.

The increased use of plant floor automation to achieve production goals has created a dependency on PLCs, PC-based control systems, SCADA systems, robotic controllers and HMIs. It is therefore vital that companies ensure that proper safeguards are in place to protect and manage any changes made to control logic across the plant, says Andy Thorogood,product manager at MAC Solutions.

At one time, the maintenance department in many organisations was regarded simply as an overhead cost, one which was unfairly placed first in line when it came to budget cuts. These days, it is generally accepted that the maintenance function can – and indeed must – play a pivotal role in improving operational efficiency, supporting regulatory compliance and reducing costs. Andy Neilson, marketing & communications manager, Spidex Software Ltd reports.

Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) are now widely used throughout industry and especially in the process sector. Their adoption demonstrates a great advance over the old daily, weekly, monthly routines, which used to form the basis of a plant maintenance strategy. PWE reports.

Karen Conneely, group commercial manager, Real Asset Management, outlines the way ISO 55000 is set to change corporate attitudes to asset maintenance and explains the fundamental importance of a good Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) in delivering critical asset information and enabling process change.

From a manufacturing perspective, PWE looks at how much every aspect has changed over the past twenty-five years. Simple processes have now been replaced by complex automated machinery and the pen and paper method of transactional reporting and inventory control has been replaced by expensive applications.

An electrical contractor needed a way of managing emergency call outs alongside routine activities. PWE reports.

Babcock and Scottish Water are the first two companies to be independently assessed by BSI and achieve certification to the new Asset Management Systems standard, ISO 55001. The standard is based on the popular PAS 55 Asset Management specifications sponsored by the Institute of Asset Management. PWE reports.

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