By Santosh Mahabir, Account Manager (Liquidyne Pump Shaft Seals), Lagersmit
On Thursday 19th of March I visited the annual congress organized by NVDO and iMaintain, which was held in Ahoy Rotterdam.
I was excited to see how the maintenance business is shifting towards a whole different approach. The key in this new approach is pro-active maintenance. Inspired by all the interesting talks, I would like to share my two key-insights of this day.
- Engage your maintenance crew to ensure pro-active maintenance
Pro-active maintenance leads to lower costs, higher safety and improved overall margins. That is something we all seem to know. The question is how to ensure the maintenance crew acts pro-actively. Prof. dr. Steven Dhondt (senior researcher at TNO and guest lecturer at KU Leuven) explained how studies show that reactive maintenance is related to disengagement. Once you are able to engage your employees and strengthen the sense of ownership, maintenance will be done more pro-actively with all its benefits.
- The mindset for maintenance starts at the very beginning during the early stages of design. Hence: Design for Maintenance!
The level of performance of any asset equals to how well it has been maintained. So thinking ahead on how to maintain assets leads to cost reduction on the long run.
One of the principles used during the process of maintaining assets is called Condition Monitoring.
Eric Timmermans (Area Reliability Engineer at Sitech Services) explained how this was implemented during this year’s new built “sulfa plant” of DSM. To him monitoring is one of the key factors in being in control of the TCO .
Changing mindsets is what we pursue at Lagersmit. Maintenance should not be reactive, but from a pro-active point of view. Condition monitoring is the answer to that. It enables you to be fully in control of your assets.
Specialized in sealing solutions, Lagersmit incorporates the condition monitoring function in its seals. One example of a seal with condition monitoring is the Liquidyne. It allows pump-operators and reliability engineers to check sealing conditions 24/7 and to plan maintenance.
Let me know what you think about these insights! Contact us or leave a comment below.