As in any manufacturing company, machine maintenance is a ‘necessary’ part of improving productivity and output through enhanced uptime. However, according to the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), the estimated machine downtime in the oil and gas sector ranges between 5% and 10%; thus, calling for significant improvements in the maintenance of equipment, facilities, and processes. Going by Kimberlie estimates, unscheduled downtime of fewer than four days can result in a productivity loss of around $5 million.
Today, with fluctuating oil prices, energy companies must optimize their maintenance operations to prevent any untimely breakdowns and delays. Yet, most energy companies continue to rely on traditional or legacy systems to take care of their operational assets.
On its part, preventive and corrective maintenance tools leverage machine learning to collect real-time data from installed sensors on your assets and monitor their performance; thus, providing a more proactive approach towards maintenance operations.
Further, a connected workforce productivity platform can boost maintenance operations by providing in-time information to your servicing technicians and engineers. Let us look at 8 ways in which a Connected Workforce Platform can help.
Connected Workforce Platform & Data-enabled Maintenance Operations
Provide accurate maintenance information to technicians
Real-time maintenance information in digital format can support technicians working on remote sites. Through digitized work instructions and document sharing, maintenance engineers can now leverage accurate maintenance-related information through a connected worker platform.
Integrate maintenance data with the SAP work order
An SAP work order is used to issue or modify maintenance-related orders to a supplier to manufacture and deliver a particular equipment part that needs to be replaced. For better corrective maintenance, you can now integrate your maintenance data with your SAP work order and other business processes.
Anomaly detection is an imperative step for efficient preventive maintenance. Through real-time maintenance data, your technicians now have access to the history of potential types of failures as well as the performance threshold of functional equipment. With this, they are equipped to detect abnormal behavior (or any anomaly).
Predict future failures
As the name suggests, predictive maintenance tools and techniques can now be used to forecast future failures or plan for pre-emptive maintenance. This is enabled through real-time data collection and aggregation from different assets and integrating them with maintenance operations.
Provide remote maintenance support
With the availability of various collaboration tools including online chat and messaging, your technicians can now be supported with remote assistance. Augmented reality (or AR) is emerging as a valuable maintenance asset as it can enhance the field of view of your maintenance engineer through real-time digital information.
Provide guided maintenance workflows
A guided maintenance workflow is defined as a step-wise process that is initiated by a trigger event—for example, an equipment fault—and is continued until completion. For daily maintenance and inspection routines, these guided workflows are essential to optimize the maintenance process.
Report work execution
A frontline workforce platform enables real-time reporting of maintenance-related activities including the completed and pending work by the site technicians. Further, maintenance operations and processes can be improved by removing any redundant (or non-productive) steps or any major deviations.
Monitor asset condition
Asset tagging is a crucial component of maintenance operations. Using data sensors, operational assets can be continuously monitored for their present condition.
To summarize, we have looked at how to optimize maintenance operations using digital tools in preventive and corrective maintenance.
Powered by its industry-leading connected workforce productivity platform, Atheer has provided innovative technology solutions to its customers in the oil and gas sector. Using remote assistance and work assist solutions, Atheer has helped in overcoming various industry pain points in Oil, Gas & Energy sectors including facility commissioning, preventive and corrective maintenance, field service, and much more.
As a connected workforce platform, Atheer functions to empower your workforce with services including AR-based video assistance, chat and group messaging, work instructions, business processes, learning and training, and document sharing.
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