Best Practise Maintenance

Working on behalf of an international food manufacturer, PEME has successfully completed a stand-alone asset care project to identify the in-service maintenance requirements, for a new plant used to produce the various gravy-mix combinations for leading brands of food. This work contributes to ‘world-class’ maintenance arrangements in the new plant.

Following the installation and commissioning phase, the client required appropriate Preventive Maintenance tasks to be put in-place. They however faced the challenge that few Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance recommendations existed and as the plant was bespoke and therefore, unique, there was no local history of failure or experience of suitable planned maintenance tasks.

PEME were engaged to provide appropriate Preventive Maintenance Task Lists that comply with Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) principles, take into account the real-world operating context and address probable engineering failure modes, allowing functional failures with significant safety, environmental or operational consequences to be avoided or mitigated. The client operates an autonomous maintenance system and the task lists had to be suitable for an operator asset care regime.

This asset care project was conducted by Colin Smith (PEME Maintenance Manager) using PEME’s Firstline RCM methodology supported by Duncan Maxwell (PEME Reliability Manager), who conducted the associated criticality reviews to identify the criticality ranking of the new assets.

A Condition Monitoring survey was also conducted by Paul Varty (PEME CBM Manager) to identify appropriate CBM tasks and task intervals. The CBM survey has enabled the effective implementation of a CBM strategy on the new assets. The aim of the CBM initiative is to identify potential faults and degradation and provide accurate data to the client engineering team enabling the proactive planning of Corrective Maintenance activities prior to failure.

This short-duration project has provided the client with updates to their Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) in the form of an updated asset register and tailored and focussed Preventive Maintenance tasks at appropriate task intervals detailing what needs to be done, by whom and when.  Once the maintenance program is implemented further enhancements will be achieved via a continuous improvement initiative working with feedback provided by the maintenance team.