In today’s market in-service lubricant analysis services for end-users with mid to large inventories of equipment has been evolving its focus less on reporting data on an individual piece of equipment and more on fleet-wide and plant-wide health and reliability.
In-service lubricant testing practices have evolved to provide more value to the same data that has historically been reported. A dynamic oil analysis program should focus on creating goals for optimizing fleet-wide or plant-wide lubrication and equipment reliability management practices, monitoring changes in lubrication practices, and provide a quick and easy evaluation of overall asset health.
Reporting that provides a high level overview of asset health and lubrication performance allows for more effective management of asset reliability practices. Instead of always looking at an individual test report for an individual piece of equipment, effective management reports allows for the big picture that can steer an oils analysis program to its best benefits. This can include:
- How does one area of operation compare to another in regards to uptime and equipment health?
- Am I using a targeted drain internal that optimizes equipment health overall?
- Where can I use my lubrication practices more effectively?
- Is my testing in line with goals established for fleet-wide or plant-wide health?
ALS Tribology provides a variety of reports which provide effective management of test data at a high level:
- Tracking measureable and KPIs towards established asset health management goals
- Detailing frequency of non-conformance of scheduled testing.
- Sample activity reporting within an asset population
- Missing sample information reporting
- Condition summary reporting within an asset population or comparing one population to another
- Frequency of issues reported within an asset population
- Assist with management decision in regards to assist capitalization and lubricant selection
This does not mean an alert on a specific piece of equipment should not be addressed, but a one-off piece of equipment should not take away from looking at asset heath management at a higher level. One key element when working with management reports for monitoring fleet-wide and plant-wide health and reliability at a higher level is ownership of the data and reporting.
- Who is responsible for receiving test reports and management reports?
- Who are the decision makers when reviewing test results?
- What are the channels of communication?
ALS Tribology can work with clients to select management reports that can be automatically generated and scheduled for delivery. ALS’s interactive website, WebTrieve, also provides options for Scheduled Management Reports. Contact ALS Tribology at email@example.com for additional information about receiving one of our high level management reports that provides more value to your data.
David Doyle, CLS, OMA I, OMA II
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