Looking at asset management
While there may be plants that think they are getting the most out of their assets, they should think again, because in most cases they are not. In fact, with more of the knowledge base walking out the door these days, ensuring assets are running properly is a key movement to the future, said users and suppliers at the ARC Advisory Group Forum in Boston. The Forum focused on enterprise interoperability.
Just ask Paul Castro, manager of reliability technology at Eastman Chemical.
“Eastman is like any other company in that we are driven to improve performance,” he said. Maintenance is one of the key areas to improve performance.
“Our management teams don’t understand maintenance and our technical teams are not good at communicating their needs,” Castro said. So, the combination of the two can lead to problems for a company.
That is where manufacturers have to start communicating their thoughts and ideas across the enterprise. If the company is successful, they will be able to wring more productivity out of their processes.
Part of the process is developing a philosophy that allows for change.
“Changing a culture in an organization is all about communication, communication, communication,” said Johaan Claassen maintenance manager at Sasol. “You can’t have enough communication.”
One of the key elements to working on change management is having a company wide vision and sticking to it in a consistent manner.
Through his company’s change in processes and ability the get the most out of their assets, Claassen said the total asset optimization benefit was $1.4 million between the years 2004-2006.