Rapid development and deployment of strategies
At the point Icon Water engaged with ARMS Reliability, it had less than six months to build its remaining strategies and then package and load all work orders. To meet this timeframe, the company had experts from ARMS Reliability come in and work alongside its planners to develop strategies and ensure the most efficient approach for packaging work orders.
Augmenting their existing strategy data with the OnePM component strategy library, they were able to quickly develop strategies based on information like asset type, duty, process, criticality and environment, and then optimize these in line with Icon Water’s reliability goals and operating environment. There are owners for each strategy so that if there is a failure in one of Icon Water’s 28,000 valves for example, the strategy can go back to the owner for review and they can quickly assess if that failure could impact the other 27,999 valves. If the answer is yes, they can put a new control into the strategy and roll it out to all of the assets instantaneously.
“We couldn’t have finalized our strategies in time to meet with the aggressive timeline for the EAM implementation without working with ARMS Reliability and using the OnePM System. Also, now our strategies are designed in a way that if we identify one defect, we can knock out many and avoid future failures. This is helping us move from a reactive culture of Defect Elimination to a more proactive culture of Defect Prevention,” said Andrew.
Once strategies were complete, Icon Water worked alongside ARMS Reliability to set up rules for work packaging in OnePM. For example, they were able to establish guidelines on how and when work, like valve maintenance, needed to be performed and whether the work required plant or equipment to be in isolation.
By applying these rules to the asset strategies, Icon Water was able to automatically package work orders and then review and refine. This avoided a huge amount of manual effort and ultimately allowed Icon Water to meet its project timelines.
Andrew said the use of OnePM had also helped Icon Water adopt a standard look and feel for work orders and made it much easier to adjust strategies and work orders in the future. “Going forward, if we need to make a change to an asset maintenance plan, we can repackage the work order at the press of a button,” he said.