Power plant’s asset management improved
Better visibility of assets and management of maintenance spare parts has been achieved at the Smithfield Energy Facility in Sydney, New South Wales through the use of asset management software.
Better visibility of assets and management of maintenance spare parts has been achieved at the Smithfield Energy Facility in Sydney, New South Wales through the use of asset management software. Site manager, Michael Heazlewood, states that his main challenges are keeping the plant running and staying on top of maintenance, including upgrades and obsolescence.
“A specific challenge we’re working on this year is getting our routine and outage maintenance spare parts under control, as our system to track inventory was not consolidated or easy to measure and manage,” he explains. “We’re also working on changing our maintenance approach to more of a condition-based system to extend the intervals between our outages.”
In order to extend maintenance intervals and effectively set and manage the overall maintenance strategy for the Smithfield facility, Heazlewood needed an asset management system that could be fully customised and supported locally.
The chosen software, Mainpac 2011 Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software, allows users to segregate and structure asset data to suit the organisation’s requirements. The operational views are flexible and can be arranged in hierarchies across multiple levels. It also allows users to define basic asset records including spare parts. Then by recording the assets’ status, condition and criticality, users can generate predictive and preventive maintenance work.
“Mainpac 2011 enables us to structure our view of our assets a lot better, which gives us a clearer picture of our maintenance operations and is an effective management tool,” Heazlewood states.