Condition Monitoring- A Case Study-Part II
The proactive nature of the condition monitoring emphasizes on the Root Cause Analysis element of a Maintenance, and to support this it feeds in all critical information required for the continuous analysis and drawing of meaningful conclusions from a consolidated-comprehensive view with relations and dependencies factors. This then results into meaningful actions which will be made known to stakeholders to action. Condition monitoring while requiring data for analyzing the Asset behavior, also entails experience and understanding of The case discussed here is not a unique case, we can witness countless cases like this where heaps of information gets wasted after being collected. The purpose is sometimes not known well, as in this case the maintenance teams were completely cutoff from the mainstream use of the Asset data. None of the fleet engineers understood the actual intent of the data collection, neither did they appreciate the whole exercise. They considered the whole activity as a non-value because the entire fleet of equipment's were anyway covered under preventive Maintenance and anything over and above this and which did not contribute directly to the improvement of such PM programs were naturally deemed a non-value add. At the same time, the crucial condition data were disregarded by the folks who actually ordered this information. Had the intent been known or responsibility assigned correctly on who's expected to do what, the exercise could have be a more meaningful helping one to perform what was needed to be done when and how. All this even without getting entangled into complex statistics and science of probability. An equipment delivering reliable service has direct implication on the overall productivity of the firm while significantly improving the parameters such as timeliness of the project, cost effectiveness, utilization of manpower and improving the quality of work. So let's make the most of what we have already.