By removing the siloed approaches that exist in many plants, asset intensive companies can gain a comprehensive view of asset integrity across the entire facility.
At the recent Mainstream Conference, Andrew Schweitzer, Cold Reduction Maintenance Strategist from BlueScope spoke about how the company broke down the requirements of ISO 55000 to identify and develop a strategy for their critical equipment.
In doing so they:
- Reduced volume of scheduled maintenance tasks by 50% at the Western Port plant
- Improved OEE performance
- Increased mean time between maintenance
- Introduced Lean Manufacturing as a way of life
Put simply – they identified the critical and eliminated the waste!
A journey of continuous improvement of this magnitude is founded on challenging the status quo and adapting the process. But above all else, it’s investing in and having respect for your people. Critical to this success was the engagement with their trades and maintenance planning teams. Asset integrity and management is not just a plant issue. It’s a company issue, and ISO 55000 encourages better communication across the company, leading to more informed decisions and better outcomes about people, equipment and capital resources.
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About the Speaker
Andrew Schweitzer is the Cold Reduction Maintenance Strategist at BlueScope Australia and New Zealand. With a career spanning hands-on asset maintenance, root cause analysis and strategic leadership, Andrew is on a maintenance strategy improvement journey. Leading his organisation in PM optimisation, critical asset management and application of Lean methodologies in maintenance, he is successfully translating ISO55000 in to practice.