7 Benefits to help make the case for an Asset Criticality Assessment

A major asset failure affects more than just production. Depending on the severity, it could put your entire business at risk. From costly downtime to safety and environmental breaches, the rippling effects can be disastrous. Fluke Reliability engineers designed an Asset Criticality Assessment to rank and prioritize your organization’s assets, unmasking operational risks.

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What is an Asset Criticality Assessment?

An Asset Criticality Assessment identifies and ranks the most critical assets in your operations, allowing you to manage buildings, equipment, and inventories—and risks. The results of this analysis will help maintenance and reliability teams focus efforts where they are most needed. Moreover, when you know your asset criticality to overall production, you can justify capital, project, and MRO expenses. The time and effort are worth it.

If your company has never done such an assessment or is counting heavily on aging equipment for manufacturing and production, now may be the time for it.

Asset Criticality Assessment 101: Do your homework

  • Clearly articulate why you need an asset criticality assessment and how you plan to implement it
  • Invite key department members and stakeholders to participate actively. They must be fully involved
  • Gain consensus agreement on the goals for the asset criticality assessment
  • Rank assets using quantitative analysis to drive decisions
  • Don’t underestimate perceptions and field experience, but back it up with data
  • Select a proven ranking system that fits your organization
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ACA 101: Make your case

The benefits of performing an asset criticality analysis are numerous. It can provide data and insights to help your organization:

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  1. Improve reliability, availability, and use of equipment
  2. Allocate limited resources more efficiently, including labor and materials
  3. Optimize business decisions involving inventory, procurement, and maintenance budgeting
  4. Advance predictive maintenance and preventive maintenance plans to match the needs of critical assets and reduce costs
  5. Justify selective investments in predictive and condition-based maintenance technologies
  6. Drive digitalization to enable data capture for all critical assets
  7. Maintain longer-term stability and predictability of equipment, systems, and operations

As the results of an asset criticality assessment begin impacting operations positively, some rankings will change. Assess assets continuously to ensure hierarchies stay accurate. An asset criticality assessment is a dynamic tool that improves reliability and saves your organization time and money.

If you’re interested in speaking about an Asset Criticality Assessment, our Fluke Reliability Specialists are here to assist you.

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