IT in Manufacturing


Profit driven asset management

July 2011 IT in Manufacturing

DesSoft and Radiant’s powerful software-based Drive approach balances returns.

No business will survive without making a profit, and fundamental to the financial performance of any business is the performance of its assets. The challenge facing the business then is to ensure that all its assets perform at their peak level consistently over time. With this in mind, DesSoft and Radiant have developed a powerful software-based approach named Drive.

The two companies have combined their diverse backgrounds and skill sets to provide a unique and effective solution to develop an asset management strategy for plant and machinery. DesSoft is a software house with a range of products in the process, instrumentation and electrical documentation field, while Radiant on the other hand, has its experience base in the maintenance and management of assets in the production environment.

The Drive program is based on an approach termed ‘impact driven asset management’. The essence is that the machines on the plant are ranked in order of the consequence of failure measured in terms of loss of throughput as well as the cost to repair. This is termed the ‘impact’ ranking of the machine and its significance is the indication of where the process of developing an asset management program should begin – highest impact machines first and then move down the scale. The actual asset management program is developed by subjecting each machine to a set of questions known as the ‘Stages on the drive to peak’. The answers to these questions provide a comprehensive, effective and technically accurate maintenance program which is very close to the ideal.

The Drive program is based on an SQL database, which provides an ideal platform for the development of the asset management program. Its flexibility means that while the user is busy defining the maintenance strategy for an operation, the equipment or plant components are immediately available in other DesSoft products like the P&ID instrumentation and electrical software. This overcomes the issue of duplication of information, and thus ‘out of sync’ asset lists, and allows the components to be used for detailed engineering design from a central database.

Experience has shown that the use of the program results in significant benefits in a very short space of time due to the machine prioritisation as well as the holistic nature of the questions. In addition, the program leads to the systematic development of a comprehensive asset management strategy which ensures peak performance of all businesses assets. This is the platform essential for sustained peak performance of the entire business and its operations.

For more information contact Roald Rodseth, Radiant, 082 650 1910, radiantops@mweb.co.za or Johan Hamman, DesSoft, +27 (0)12 644 2974, info@dessoft.co.za, www.dessoft.co.za



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