Don’t you love when a motor fails on you in your plant and come to find out you didn’t even know that motor was there or even worse there is no spare? Now you have unwanted downtime, rush repair costs/rushing in a new motor, rigging cost and an unwanted hit to your budget. This then makes you realize there could be another piece of equipment in your facility that you don’t know about, that is vital in your process.
There are a couple of ways to approach figuring this out. You can go through your old files/blueprints to see what motors came with your equipment (if they're even accurate), or you can do an audit of your plant. The last approach is probably the one that will give you the most accurate look at your facility.
So, how are you going to start this project? Are you looking to do a full management program or just a snapshot of what you currently have? Do you have a vendor that may help you with this or are you going to have to rely on the limited people in your maintenance department to get this done? Once you get all the information, where are you going to store it? Who is going to be in charge of this information? As these questions seem worrisome, they are important in order to keep your plant running.
If you have all the answers or at least an idea of how to answer the above questions, you are a step ahead of a lot of people. Being able to identify all your critical assets and their spares is key to keeping your plant running and production efficient.
Samantha Hatfield Lane
HECO - All Systems Go
About the author:
Samantha Lane is an Account Manager and New Product Specialist for HECO - All Systems Go. Samantha has over 15 years of experience in the electric motor industry in a variety of roles and responsibilities. Samantha has assisted customers to implement asset management programs ranging in size and scope and has helped customers ensure they have the spares they need, when they need them.