Maintenance and reliability leaders in the industrial sector understand that implementing more effective and efficient asset maintenance strategies is vital to their success, and moving toward a risk-based optimization approach is key. By prioritizing investment allocation based on asset criticality, risk, and operating context, leaders in the industry are seeking to reform their maintenance programs by:
Eliminating costly and unnecessary planned maintenance tasks;
Preventing under-maintaining critical assets with the highest risk;
Extending current maintenance intervals without increasing risk; and,
Replacing calendar-based maintenance tasks with condition-based monitoring activities.
However, in practical application, this is not an easy task. To enable the process and reduce the amount of manual work required, strategy owners must be able to import their existing maintenance plans into a strategy management tool where they can perform a structured review. Once this review is complete, they need to make suggested changes, additions, or removal of maintenance tasks to align to their best practices and then programmatically send the optimized maintenance plans back to the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system. These capabilities are fundamental to helping ensure harmonization between the strategy management tool that is used to determine what tasks to perform and why, and the maintenance execution system where the work is ultimately planned, scheduled, and executed.
GE Digital's Asset Performance Management (APM) strategy management tools provide a single source of organizational visibility, control, and approval of asset maintenance strategies. APM enables the standardization of best practice maintenance strategies across the enterprise. GE Digital’s Asset Strategy Implementation (ASI) feature in APM Strategy provides tight integration with SAP-PM to seamlessly facilitate the maintenance optimization process. Now available in the cloud, users can benefit from architectural improvements that provide enterprise scalability, enhance performance, and provide maximum flexibility through new cloud-friendly configurability options.