Asset Monitoring and Assessment Methods Get Your Plant Operations Staff Involved
The increased awareness of Asset Management along with the many facets supporting an effective program is difficult at times to develop within the utility organization’s staff. The monitoring and assessment of the utility assets generally rests with the plant maintenance staff and service contractors utilizing specialized technology. As assets approach moderate to sever levels of physical stress, the detection and recognition of problems become apparent to the human sensory ranges of detection. Often overlooked in the organization’s staff is the participation and input of asset condition from the operations staff. Prior to failure, many assets emit “warning signs” easily detected by the alert operations personnel as they circulate within the plant. The best practice of transferring this experience and plant knowledge from the operator to the responsible plant personnel to react to assets in stress in advance of failure.