Maintenance Technology January 2016 - (Page 6)

UPTIME Time To Sort Out Some Terminology Bob Williamson Contributing Editor C an you get your maintenance department ISO55001 certified? After all, you are part of the operations-excellence program in your company. You have maintenance excellence in place, have a great asset-management system, and are responsible for the maintenance and reliability program. In answering the above question, we first need to sort through a few terms. To start, maintenance does not mean the same thing as reliability. Nor do maintenance or reliability mean the same thing as an asset-management system. Operations excellence and maintenance excellence are not asset-management systems. Finally, an ISO55001 asset-management system is not necessarily a software program for equipment or facilities maintenance. Unfortunately, maintenance-department ISO55001 certification is not going to happen. Here's why. First, the ISO55001:2014 Asset Management Standard is not about maintenance excellence or reliability programs. Second, it's not about certifying a department's compliance to an asset-management standard. Third, while a maintenance department has a role in improving or sustaining reliability, it is only one of many organizations responsible for life-cycle reliability of physical assets. At this point, it is most important to reinforce- and remember-the fact that the ISO55001 Asset Management Standard does not establish criteria for asset-management practices. ISO55001 specifies the criteria for a life-cycle asset-management "management system." In other words, this standard is about a system for managing assets throughout their entire life cycle, from concept through decommissioning/disposal or renewal. But take heart: When a business pursues ISO55001 compliance, maintenance plays a vital role in a life-cycle-based, asset-management system. Asset management, though, is just one example of terminology that invades maintenance. One of the huge challenges we have to deal with in the maintenance arena is our terminology. Maintenance and reliability confusion Maintenance-department ISO55001 certification is not going to happen. The ISO55001:2014 Asset Management Standard is not about maintenance excellence or reliability programs, or about certifying a department's compliance to an Asset Management Standard. Moreover, while a maintenance department has a role in improving or sustaining reliability, it is only one of many organizations responsible for life-cycle reliability of physical assets. 6| MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY It is important to remember that the reliability of equipment (or system) is determined long before maintenance comes into play. The ultimate equipment (or system) reliability is determined in the design, engineering, procurement, and build phases, well before it goes into operation. This is why the entire life-cycle of asset management is important. As I've said for decades, "maintenance is the least defined of all industrial activities." There is no common set of standards that defines maintenance standards, practices, methods, or job descriptions. Yet, there are some industry-specific standards and regulatory requirements. There are even some maintenance best practices. But, no universal definition exists. In the past 30 years or so, we have merged JANUARY 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology January 2016

My Take
Uptime
On The Floor
Keeping Old Machines Running Like New
Operational Excellence Is A Competitive Necessity
Sell Reliability to Management
Several Hands Responsible For This Oil Debacle
Infrared Detects Leaks
Mobile CMMS Benefits
Gear Pitting Issues
Manage Energy Processes
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought

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