High hazard industries implement preventative maintenance programmes which are demonstrated to be statistically ineffective, with most asset failures still occurring randomly. Emerging equipment failures are however evident and therefore avoidable if early signs of failure are identified and mitigated.
Daily operational surveillance “watchkeeping” data collection is often conducted as part of assets’ preventative maintenance routines, but sadly too often as a ‘tick-box’ exercise where readings are collected from instruments in hard copy format and with poor data quality control. This data is usually only reviewed by management when a piece of equipment fails and there is a requirement to perform an investigation. The real benefit to gathering the data in a standardised digital format is to allow trends to be formed, and therefore to predict failures more accurately.
Routine watchkeeping generates thousands of data points. Adopting field-based digital solutions and controlled digital forms can ensure watchkeeping data is collected consistently, and that quality is not compromised.
Assets can be geopositioned and selected on mobile devices so incorrect asset labelling is avoided. Mandatory fields can be specified to ensure that data submission is not allowed unless all necessary information is gathered by the user. Data can be entered and updated in real-time to avoid lost data or errors in transferring from paper to online systems. Performance criteria alarms are set and collected data is uploaded directly into the Veracity platform for data analytics and communication to management for decision making.
The following benefits can be expected:
- Mitigate immanent failures
- Drive and measure workforce performance
- Improved equipment availability & sustained production.
- Reduced unplanned shutdowns.
- Optimised maintenance programs.
- Increased confidence in the collected data.
- Data driven equipment diagnosis
Veracity Watchkeeping does not replace existing CMMS and preventive maintenance programs. Instead, it is an easy adoption tool targeted to maximise equipment surveillance benefits using existing plant operations and maintenance teams.
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