Reliability, performance and profitability – the role of maintenance in business performance!!
UTILITIES & RENEWABLES
You may be operating an energy generation plant and seeking ways to maximise output from your assets. You may be designing and building wind turbines, or investigating failures in such equipment. You might be processing waste water or managing other aspects of the waste stream. One thing you all have in common – a desire to keep your plant running at its designed capacity and capability. At Axiom Engineering, we have assisted a range of clients in this sector over the years and utilise a three pronged approach to asset integrity and management.
1. Risk Based Inspection.
There are two real options to asset maintenance. The first is driven by asset failure and the need to understand why some product or piece of equipment did not operate as designed. The second one is to be proactive in the monitoring of condition and use this to plan and schedule maintenance activities. To manage the assets and equipment you have proactively, you need to understand the condition now, and the consequences of failure, so that a risk based inspection program can be put in place. Through our in-house systematic approach, we can inspect and record the condition of your assets and also train your own staff in the techniques involved, so that a degree of self-sufficiency is obtained in this area.
2. Preventative Maintenance.
From the results of the inspection, you will be able to use the asset condition to plan and prioritise maintenance according to a range of factors, including asset importance, cost of replacement and other considerations. Using a comprehensive database of asset management, showing condition, inspection records and recommendations, you will be able to pull together meaningful, relevant and efficient maintenance plans, thus avoiding the annual debate over maintenance and capital budgets!!
3. Monitoring & Predictive Modelling.
It is often the case that a plant is subject to change of use or process conditions change in certain areas. Naturally such changes in use can lead to increased stress on the assets and can alter asset condition and risk quickly. We use a range of techniques, from finite element analysis (FEA) and failure analysis, to corrosion testing and materials engineering to assess the likely impact of changes on asset condition. Backed up with risk based inspecting and testing, this can avoid costly downtime and unplanned disasters. One example came when a switch to biofuels led to a significant underperformance in the plant. Changes in materials have restored the plant to design capacity at minimal capital cost.
Enhanced asset maintenance and condition monitoring will lead to efficiency and productivity, as well as product quality and plant safety. When it comes to maintenance, we can provide high quality expertise as part of our value added approach to preventative maintenance that keep you one step ahead of the competition and contribute to your business performance.