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June 15, 2013

The role of improvement initiative in asset management

Both asset maintenance and improvement initiatives has a common denominator which is optimizing resources to increase both customer satisfaction and financial performance. In TPM implementation JIPM provides an assessment criteria for TPM excellence award. performing self assessment can identify the gap between current and desired state. This gap can be closed by deploying incremental and radical improvements.

It is important to couple asset management with improvement projects using self assessment. implementing this approach will help to align the asset management with the organizational vision and strategy as improvement projects always validate its objectives through the VOC. being aware and continuously improving will defenitly support an organization's journey towards excellence.

it would be useful to implement this in our department. Using TPM assessment criteria can help the department link its quality tasks with the business strategy. After having this link employees will understand that carried out quality tasks are taking us towards the organizations vision, rather than feeling like a bolt on tasks to tick the box. Self-assessment is more appropriate as we are the engineers that know the asset conditions the most and with assessment we can identify the most suitable methods to improve and allow our assets to support the organization success.

creating the asset management plan

Asset management implementation can be viewed as a major project, especially if the company is new to the company. Although the implementation has to identify the most suitable method, it is important to keep in mind that proper planning is the key to success. a useful plan should be able to include the tasks, actions, measure progress and mitigate possible risk. More importantly, all this has to be based on the desired end result. differentiating between process measures and results measures is also important to understand the value steam of the project. as all know failing to plan is planning to fail.

Asset management projects usually cost millions, it would be silly to fail due to poor planning, the bit that costs nothing. Moreover plans should be viewed as a life document which should be updated, such a dynamic market can change the customers requirements, and these changes should be captured to avoid failure. having measurement system that is reliable is also important, if the end result did not meet the desired performance, by analyzing the process measures it would be possible to pin point the section that requires modification or alignment with the requirements of the assets utilization.

When planning any maintenance project at work, i can create a plan that links thedesired operations requirements. This will start by capturing the VOC to control the assets as needed by the users. Moreover, when having a plan that identifies possible risks and measures performance it would be easier to link the asset management and performance to the organizational goals.

TPM implementation

various researches have identified different methods to implement TPM. however, most methods revolve around Najajima (1988) 12 steps method. This plan comprise of two sections, organization for implementation and TPM implementation. The first section is responsible for communicating change and adjusting the culture to be supportive. The second section is responsible for the technical implementation.

It is important to understand that change involves technical and emotional parts. Communicating change and promoting TPM to involve everybody can make the emotional change smoother and positive. The technical plan includes task, techniques and methods to optimize the equipment through maintenance to achieve the production goals. having two sections plan will lead to have employees support and management buy-in when technical implementation takes place.

This way of planning major change taught me that facilitating the change through gaining commitment and involvement can lead to higher gain as everybody is interested and as Deming said, quality is everybody's job. When going back to work, it would be useful to implement Nakajima TPM 12 steps. but the more important is that if major technical change is needed adjusting the culture has to happen first.

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