ISO 55000 how CMMS can help

ISO 55000 how Momenta CMMS can help

As organizations grow, so will the need for standardization and process improvement. Without these elements, the culture of “fighting fires” will continue to be the norm for maintenance departments. Standardized asset management programs such as those outlined by the International Standards Organization (ISO), establish benchmarks for asset quality control leading to fewer down times, longer asset life, and lower energy consumption.  There is now a new ISO standard for managing assets that may soon be implemented by your organization.

The latest ISO certification for asset management, ISO 55000:2014, outlines the “why” and “what” regarding why asset management is important and what the requirements are for an effective asset management program.  These requirements circle around the asset life cycle.  Here is a good paper about the meaning of “asset life cycle” authored by John Woodhouse, founder of the UK Institute of Asset Management.

Here is a rundown of the four stages of the asset life cycle:

Stage 1: Asset Procurement

This stage is all about defining a problem an asset is required to solve, researching viable asset solutions, and determining which solution will add the most value over its expected life.

Stage 2: Utilization/Deployment

How an asset us used will directly affect its value added to an organization. At this point, locating inefficiencies in utilization and correcting them is essential.

Stage 3: Maintenance/Risk Management

Your department is responsible for this stage.  Maintaining an asset for optimum utilization is important, but what is more important, and often lacking, is proactive risk management, in other words effective preventive and predictive maintenance.

Stage 4: Disposal/Replacement

Retiring an asset at the end of its life cycle is important to raising the capital needed buy its replacement. Accurately determining the value of assets through depreciation, and selling them at book value, or higher, is the goal.

How an organization manages their assets life cycles will fall on software systems like Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems which are capable of capturing maintenance and asset histories.  These software applications provide the data to know where your assets fall in their life cycles, how efficient they are performing, and their cost of operation relative their value added to the operation, and when their opportune times are for replacement.  One thing is clear, organizations want to tie financial and performance metrics to their assets.  This means more standardization and quality control across organizations, including notoriously unregulated maintenance departments.  CMMS software and EAM software will be key to managing the value of the assets you maintain as your department faces increasing standardization and regulation.

Momenta CMMS and the Enviroment

Four Ways a Momenta CMMS Can Help an Organization Reduce Its Impact on the Environment

Polar vortices across the United States, floods across Great Britain, hurricanes in the Philippines…what is happening with the weather these days? There is no doubt weather patterns are changing, with nine of the 10 warmest years on record occurring in the last decade. Experts say too much heat remains in the earth’s atmosphere and oceans, causing a weakening of the Gulf Stream and changing weather patterns. The main culprits for this additional heat are greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane gas and nitrous oxide. Since late 2013, scientists finally had the data to link climate change to human activity. As the global population increases, so too has human activity and the resultant greenhouse gases.
It’s our own fault, but we still have time to reverse the process. No matter how big or small, it’s up to everyone to play his or her part in tackling climate change. Individuals have the power to change the way organizations do business by encouraging go green initiatives in their workplace. Going green also can provide a competitive edge over the competition. These four ways identify areas in which an organization can become more environmentally friendly.

1. Limiting Manufacturing Scrap and Rework
Scrap and rework can occur from production system breakdowns. If the product is left sitting for an extended period while technicians scramble to fix the issue, it may need to be pulled from the production line. The defective product is either scrapped or reworked through the system, requiring further energy and effort. For example, defective metal, plastic, or glass products can be melted down and reformed. Food products may be scrapped due to food safety concerns. In the semiconductor industry, silicon wafers get dipped in acid baths to remove the defective layer. The rework process uses harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. In any case, the additional energy and effort used in the scrap or rework process produce further emissions or a waste trail.
Improperly maintained equipment leads to more breakdowns and, hence, more scrap and rework. The easiest way to mitigate emergency breakdowns is by performing proactive maintenance, such as inspections and lubrication’s, on all systems within the organization so issues can be eliminated or identified before they turn into something more serious.

2. Reducing Energy Consumption
Ever notice that you make fewer journeys to the gas station after your car receives service? That’s because the car is running more efficiently and using less energy to drive it forward. The same is true for many other mechanical systems. If you keep them running efficiently, they will use less energy. Today, the manufacturing industry is responsible for 35 percent of global energy use. Greater demand for energy in the future could lead to energy shortages that hurt everyone, so it is in our best interest to ensure energy consumption is minimized. Adhering to maintenance schedules ensures equipment is operating as efficiently as possible, limiting the impact equipment and facility assets have on climate change.

3. Extending the Life of Equipment
When assets are retired, the disposal produces a significant waste stream. In conjunction with this, new replacement assets require raw materials and energy while producing production waste during their manufacture and delivery. It is well-documented that regular maintenance can extend the expected life of an asset. For example, regularly greasing moving parts will prevent wear and extend the life of the components. Obviously, there are some exceptions where new assets have a dramatically lower impact on the environment. For example, newer jets produce lower emissions than older jets, but generally speaking, extending the life expectancy of assets can reduce the environmental impact.

4. Reducing the Need for Spare Parts
Currently, over one trillion dollars in obsolete equipment and parts are sitting on shelves in the U.S. alone. Eventually, obsolete parts will be either recycled or scrapped. Similar to item #3 above, these surplus assets required raw materials and energy during their manufacture and delivery. During their disposal, they will consume further energy and waste. If the amount of redundant spare parts produced is limited to only what is needed, we could make another dent in climate change.

Your Momenta CMMS Is the Key

Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software is one tool organizations can use to help reduce their greenhouse emissions and impact on the environment. CMMS software can help an organization ensure its equipment is functioning efficiently and reliably within predefined norms, thus reducing its energy footprint and the emergency downtime that leads to product defects and scrap or rework.
A CMMS can also help an organization extend the life expectancy of assets by ensuring they are regularly serviced and repaired on time. Analyses show that capital asset replacement can be reduced by three to five percent with a properly implemented CMMS. Tracking asset repair costs in the CMMS can be used to make informed repair versus replace decisions so equipment is only replaced when needed. Finally, according to industry expert David Berger, inventory levels can be reduced 10-30 percent with a properly implemented CMMS. The CMMS can help identify spare parts that are needed to meet availability goals.
Properly maintained equipment can prevent emergency downtime, improve performance, reduce energy consumption, limit the need for spare parts and keep equipment in use longer. A computerized maintenance management system is a proven instrument to ensure assets are properly maintained, so it should be a key component of your green strategy.


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