Bluefield’s practical approach to maintenance adds value to the FMEA process by identifying realistic failure modes and focusing on appropriate PM tasks.
By Mark O’Neill
Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEA’s) are an important input to developing and continually improving asset strategies. They allow sites to select appropriate maintenance tasks and frequencies, which in turn allows an optimal life cycle cost model and management plan. They are also critical to developing equipment strategies that are practical and manageable within their business systems.
Bluefield was recently engaged by a globally diversified mining client to assist in the development of a FMEA for a critical shiploader. The project formed an early phase of the pilot project to implement their new reliability software and incorporate it into their asset management processes.
Bluefield assisted in the build of the FMEA with the aim of smooth output into load sheets for the reliability software. We dedicated time at the beginning of the project, and at milestones throughout, to review the format and content of the outputs with the client and software rollout teams to ensure we met their requirements.
The FMEA project highlighted several important lessons for us:
We also learned that bringing a practical approach to maintenance adds value to the FMEA process by identifying realistic failure modes and focusing on appropriate preventative maintenance tasks. We look forward to hearing the results as the pilot progress continues.