We often think of a CMMS, EAMS, AIMS or APM, generally limiting our thoughts to how they help manage information related to assets. But RBI is much more than that. The RBI software actually becomes part of the processes in your organization; it is part of the documented framework that you will show to auditors, insurers, regulators and customers. What happens when an organization has a variety of software, each one part of the puzzle to ensure compliance and mitigate risk? Can you prove that all information is accurate and current? What if asset failed? Are the inspection results readily available? Is the same methodology being used in the same way by all your engineers at all the sites of your company?
Next, you also must consider how to treat other type of assets in your organization that are not covered by the RBI, like rotating equipment and instrumentation. Do you just leave them for other departments or teams to sort out? Who can access information about all the types of assets in your facility, without using multiple spreadsheets, documents, point solutions and SharePoint sites?
Using a tool like Asset Performance Management (APM), with the mechanical integrity work processes provides answers for all of these questions. GE Digital's APM currently provides API 580/581 risk calculators and strategies, as well as supports the Brazilian standard NR-13 for Inspection Management. The software calculates risk levels and determines inspection dates. Links to DCS/SCADA also detect if the asset has operated outside the Integrity Operating Window (IOW). But, more importantly, it provides a documented methodology and workflow for mechanical integrity right out-of-the-box. Following a RBI methodology and workflow that connects with the rest of the organization to manage all types of assets, can make the process easier and start saving you money, even before you start managing your assets.