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Reliability Information Management Concepts



A Major Chemical Company’s Journey to Reliability
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Over the past 20 years, many US plants have invested heavily in condition monitoring technologies such as vibration, oil analysis, thermography, and motor circuit evaluation...


Why Use Tango?
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We asked Tango™ clients to tell us why they chose to use Tango in their reliability programs. This is what we heard ranked by most popular answers: ...


The Role of the Plant EAM/CMMS and Why a RIMS is Needed:
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1) EAM/CMMS is Built for accounting, lacking for reliability...



Reliability Information Management: What is It & Why Should You Care?
Many maintenance professionals agree that there are two basic reasons for the focus on reliability in industrial plants:
1) Eliminate unexpected equipment failure that can interrupt production and carry high repair cost, and
2) Extend the life of equipment between repairs to lower total lifecycle costs.
To accomplish these goals a plant must implement and manage many condition monitoring, lifecycle tracking, and failure analysis activities.


Smart Phones QR Codes Changing Physical Asset Management
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How Smart Device Technology and Tango™ are changing the way Physical Asset Management is done.


Strategic Component Management
Strategic Equipment Management is an industrial maintenance strategy for actively managing critical high value rotating machinery for highest reliability, lowest life cycles cost, and minimizes production losses. The goal of strategic equipment management is to increase a machine’s reliability, lower its maintenance cost, and increase production availability. This strategy, when aggressively implemented, can substantially increase a plant’s profit margin.


The Business Case For PAS 55: An Emerging Global Standard For Asset Management
Time to get ready. A standard's coming. Here's some insight into this framework for maximizing the return on your assets and improving safety. You'll need to think 'best practices.' Read more...





Managing Reliability Information to Eliminate Failures in Service

Do your Walk-around Equipment Inspections Actually Contribute to Asset Reliability?
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Operators doing Basic Operator Care, mechanics/millwrights/electricians performing Craft Inspections, and lubrication technicians running Lube Routes probably spend more time around your operating assets than just about anyone else in the plant. Shouldn’t you know what those inspection techs know about developing equipment condition problems?


Accountability and Communication
The goal of equipment condition monitoring is to increase equipment availability, yield, quality, and reduce maintenance cost by eliminating in service failures on critical equipment, extending the life (reliability) of plant equipment and by eliminating costly prevention (scheduled) maintenance work when condition analysis shows no need for the work.

Plants have invested heavily in condition monitoring technologies such as vibration, oil analysis, thermography, and motor circuit evaluation to provide an accurate prediction of plant equipment problems. Most plants put significant time and resources into measuring equipment condition, and then much of the information is never acted upon – What’s up?

Often the problem is that condition based maintenance programs are begun by corporate or plant managers and never get “buy-in” from plant maintenance. When plant maintenance supervisors are asked why they do not act on condition based results you can hear many excuses like:
  • Do not believe the results
  • Not enough time
  • Lost or did not look at the report
  • No money – costs too much
  • Operations will not allow repair
  • When a machine fails they are the hero and receive overtime
Many plants have noted that it often takes a catastrophe to get maintenance buy in for condition based maintenance. Some innovative plants have found that a consistent program of communication and accountability have made the implementation to condition based maintenance easier and faster.


Acuren Group Takes Its Clients to Next Step in Reliability
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Reliability service companies such as Acuren Group in New Brunswick, Canada (formerly Bretech Engineering), are adopting reliability information management systems as a means to lower repair costs...




A Healthy Dose of Electrical Reliability
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The facilities management department of a large hospital in the Eastern U.S. is charged with ensuring that all campus facilities are continuously and safely operational. Its electricians manage more than 5,000 electrical panels...




Bridging the Gap Between Condition Monitoring Reports & Maintenance Action
Tango Web Service, in a supplemental role to the plant’s CMMS system, can streamline the flow of equipment condition status between analysts, reliability engineers, and maintenance planners.




Condition Management Analysis and Program Metrics
As condition entries and assessment tasks are processed through Tango™, plantwide and area specific condition based maintenance metrics are produced.




Lewis-Evolution of Asset Mgt at Eastman Chemical Co.
Setting the vision is difficult but is often easier than determining the most efficient path to reach it. One visionary manager at EastmanChemical Company set the vision to proactively manage ALL assets by providing condition based maintenance. Read more...




Managing Condition Monitoring Contractors and Their Results
Many industrial facilities have chosen to use condition monitoring service contractors to apply predictive maintenance measurement technologies and produce reports on degraded equipment condition. Often different contractors are utilized for different PDM technologies resulting in reports with different styles, fault names, severity scales and equipment IDs. Also the ability to integrate these results is non-existent.

This paper presents strategic case history accounts that illustrate the implementation of a web-based system to manage condition contractor work and results. The use of this web-based package allows the subcontractors to post their condition status into a single integrated database without having to deal with plant IT firewalls. Benefits include:
  • Standardization of equipment names, fault descriptions, and severity scales
  • Integration of all known condition information for each monitored asset
  • Communication of results to a broad audience of plant users via the Internet
  • Accountability for timely performance of scheduled condition tasks and maintenance follow-up
  • Performance Metrics that indicate progress (or lack thereof) toward reliability goals

24/7 Systems produces the Tango Condition Management Web-service that is used by several plants to manage and integrate their contractor produced PDM results.




Managing Reliability Across the Corporation
This paper will discuss how two major food and beverage corporations use an internet-based communication service to create consistent operations and information flow in condition monitoring activities at their different plant sites, even when outside contractors are providing monitoring services. Discussion will include:
  • Managing frequency & completion of monitoring tasks
  • Standardizing reporting & metrics of reliability progress across the corporation
  • Role of internet-based communications in creating consistent corporate accountability for reliability improvement




PdM Information on the Right Track - Alcoa
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Alcoa Warrick Operations Smelter, the largest fully operating smelter in the United States, recently increased their use of predictive maintenance(PdM) as part of a larger Reliability Excellence (REX) program.




Putting All the Pieces Together
Over the past 20 years, many US plants have invested heavily in condition monitoring technologies such as viberation, oil analysis, therography, and motor circuit evaluation to provide an accurate prediction of plant equipment problems...




Routine Inspections Play a Key Role
Routine Inspections Play Key Role in Condition Based Maintenance at Buzzi Unicem. Points discussed will include:
  • Maintenance Inspections are Automated with PDA’s
  • Observations are Merged with PDM Results
  • Integrated Condition Information Guides Work Priority




Setting Up Lubrication Results in Tango™
Lubrication routes typically concentrate on validating that grease lubricated machines have been successfully greased and over greasing has not occurred and that oil lubricated machines have adequate lubrication and the lubricant is not contaminated.




Two-Tiered Predictive Maintenance Programs for Multiple Plant Organizations
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The Wastewater Treatment Division of the Metropolitan Sewer District(MSD) of Greater Cincinnati recently established a two-tiered predictive maintenance (PdM) program. MSD uses Tango to manage it's reliability information.





Managing Reliability Information to Extend Equipment Lifecycle

Take Oil Sample Analysis To The Cloud
Working together, an end user, an oil lab, and a reliability service provider improved an important predictive-maintenance technique and gained a wealth of reliability benefits.


Managing Motor Reliability
The lifecycle tracking and reliability improvements of industrial electrical motors is difficult, primarily because the necessary information comes from a wide variety of sources including: purchasing, installations, condition analysis, stores, and repair vendors. The Tango equipment lifecycle management software produced by 24/7 Systems is a proven method of maintaining needed information and measuring motor reliability. In order to improve motor reliability, you must be able to measure it.




Shops Enter Repair and Failure Information for Plants
Tango™ Repair Tracker Standardizes Root Cause Analysis and Repair Reporting. Read more...




The Forgotten Asset: Motors and Their Management



Tango Functions

Non-Destruction Test (NDT)
Nondestructive testing or Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a wide group of analysis techniques used in science and industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage.


RoundsLoggin Overview
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Tango™ RoundsLogging is a function that allows industrial plant technicians to use Smart Phones and Tablets for collecting equipment health information through tasks.