Straw, Sticks, or Bricks ?What's your EAM house made?
MarkBengis 270001TC00 Visits (2989)
So whats more important, what you build you house of or what your build your house on ? I think most would agree that a strong foundation gives any superstructure the best chance of staying up over the long haul. If an EAM's foundation is made of blocks, then those blocks would be constructed of DATA. Maximo is a great EAM system and people build great processes using Maximo, however, without data ( or good data) the benefits are never fully realized. Worse yet, if the data is not properly maintained then the system will actually lose value over time.
Knowing what the detailed design requirements of the facility are, how that compares to the actual physical systems, subsystems and components in the facility, and lastly how that compares to what your EAM system reflects about both of the former, are the cornerstones of configuration management. The goal of configuration management (CM) is to maintain equilibrium between those three cornerstones. When you can do that, you will always do the right work at the right time, on the right components using the right parts and procedures, and Operations will operate those components per the design of the facility and within all regulatory requirements. This doesn't mean that everything is tightly locked down and burdened by a heavy process. By understanding the requirements, decisions are then made that put the right types of controls in place to maintain the system or components within their respective engineering and operations requirements.
Today I'd like to address a portion of the system data, specifically, Assets and Locations. I equate that set of data to the footings of the EAM and EOM (Enterprise Operations Management) foundations. Ideally starting with 100% accurate and thoroughly defined Asset and Locations data Maximo would perform at its best and provide immediate full value to the users. More often that not, data is neither 100% accurate nor fully defined. If it does happen to start out in good shape then there is the challenge to keep it there. With those realities and the negative impact of those on safe and efficient maintenance and operation of facilities (especially Nuclear) so was born the practice and concepts of Configuration Management in the commercial nuclear power industry. Keep reading , this still applies to you regardless of your industry, because good configuration management adds value to every aspect of any operation.
Recognizing 2 things:
1) In successful companies configuration management is as much a cultural attitude as are the procedures and software that support it, however, the software can be the enabler that really makes it all come together.
2) Configuration Management also relies on other key process areas such as Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Requirement Management which are addressed in products such as FileNet and DOORS respectively.
Maximo Nuclear provides the features needed to fully support robust configuration management throughout all its phases (Request, Plan, Approve, Execute,Close Out, and History). This engineering work management process is fully integrated with maintenance and operations work management processes providing visibility, efficiencies that result in a synergy that is hard to match.
Configuration Change Designer allows each site to define its own (graded) approach to CM: The level, details, and process controls for the data e.g. For Site "A" I want the Location's "Description" field under configuration control. To change the value you need to use the Engineering Change Process (Change or Release record process). When it's changed, it will causes a revision level change and capture the change details and change process in history.
I hope this overview leads you further investigate both Configuration Management principles and Maximo Nuclear's part in keeping the Big Bad Wolf away.