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Maintenance is a fundamental process for any industrial operation. It is very true that maintenance is not a kind of investment that will result in more profits, however, investing in maintenance means not losing money.
Investing in maintenance means to ensure that processes, assets, and equipment work and perform their functions in the most adequate way possible, without generating unnecessary risks.
The failure of an asset generates a long-term loss in profitability.
Asset malfunctions can escalate into major accidents with large-scale economic, environmental and human impacts.
Unexpected failures can result in unplanned shutdowns.
Gaps in asset integrity management result in poorly controlled processes, difficulties in measuring resources and manpower needed to perform activities
Today, large industries make use of asset integrity programs to allocate resources and manpower for inspection and industrial maintenance tasks.
CMMS, ERPS and SAP systems are used, providing the means to extract the necessary information for work order issues.
Teams are sent to the field and based on the information extracted from the work orders generated, they periodically perform inspection and maintenance activities on the selected assets.
Through this work framework these teams have the responsibility to monitor the health of each asset within a plant that can easily exceed 500,000 assets.
Despite the use of management systems, most of these activities are performed manually by operators in the field.
Digital transformation has been a movement of extensive digitalization in industrial processes and operations. From the technologies generated, industries can be supported by data for managing actions in the field.
In the context of optimizing maintenance tasks and asset integrity, the use of digital tools can make the activity more assertive, safer, and faster.
Through the integration of sensors, field data, and documentation, those responsible for managing asset integrity programs can get a real sense of the plant’s needs.
However, for decisions to be made efficiently, go digital is not enough, it is necessary that the data can be used intelligently.
Digital twin platforms are essential tools for centralizing, contextualizing, and storing crucial information for decision-makers within the asset integrity management program.
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