Asset integrity management is a set of techniques applied through industrial plants with the objective of developing, implementing, and continuously improving the integrity of industrial assets in order to maintain productivity, prevent accidents and generate greater safety for field operators.

 

 

For an asset integrity management program to be developed effectively, joint efforts from several areas are required, involving leadership, management, engineers, operators, and personnel involved in maintenance and inspection journeys. Above all, good integrity management requires good business management to succeed.

 

Integrity management has been present in industries for years. Several government regulations were fundamental to the definition of what AIM is and accelerated its implementation among industrial processes.

 

The activities that involve this discipline are already present in the culture of large industries and are essential to maintain the safety and economic viability of these operations in the long term.

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The result of good asset integrity management is the foundation for a safe, reliable operation with reduced risk to the workforce and the environment. Management systems can vary according to each industry’s niche and area of ​​expertise. However, effective programs have the following characteristics in common:

 

  • Activities to ensure that assets are designed, purchased, manufactured, installed, operated, inspected, tested, and maintained in a manner appropriate for their intended application.

 

  • Asset classification to help optimally allocate financial, personnel, storage, and other resources.

 

  • The team is able to recognize when equipment deficiencies occur and ensure that equipment deficiencies do not lead to serious accidents.

 

  • Ensuring that personnel assigned to carry out AIM activities are properly trained and have access to the proper procedures for these activities

 

  • Maintain service documentation and other records to enable the consistent performance of AIM activities and provide accurate information about assets to other users, including other elements of risk management and process safety.

 

These are some of the main characteristics of a good industrial asset management system. However, there are challenges that arise during the operating phase of a facility. Given a large number of assets within the operation and often the lack of integration between various systems, it is common for operators to face issues such as:

 

  • which facility assets do we need to maintain and with what degree of rigor?”

 

  • with limited resources and sometimes having to deal with unforeseen circumstances, we may not be able to always keep up with all scheduled maintenance tasks. How do we manage this situation?

 

Although AIM has long been a discipline present in industrial processes and operations, many industries still suffer from a lack of control over the real integrity of assets, many different systems, and difficulty in allocating resources and specialized personnel.

 

However, it is through the digital transformation that these challenges can be solved through digital technologies, such as digital twin and IoT, specifically designed at managing asset integrity.

 

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