Rockwell offers assessment tools for MRO improvement

Milwaukee, WI—To help manufacturers increase uptime and improve production efficiencies, Rockwell Automation has introduced “Manufacturing Performance Assessment” tools to help identify opportunities for process improvement in maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) practices.


Milwaukee, WI— To help manufacturers increase uptime and improve production efficiencies, Rockwell Automation has introduced assessment toolse availability, reliability and safety.

The assessment tools include the Machinery Condition Evaluation, Plant Baseline Evaluation, Installed Base Evaluation and Integrated Performance Assessment tools. Together, these components are designed to uncover opportunities to help increase both operator and machine efficiency as well as assist companies in the adoption of proactive, predictive maintenance activities. Individually, the assessments can be used to target specific areas of concern.

'Many manufacturers rely on intuition and experience and assume their processes are designed well enough to meet production goals,' says Mike Laszkiewicz, Rockwell’s asset management VP. 'Byassessing the maintenance and engineering process, surrounding activities and supporting resources, we can identify the factors that are inhibiting equipment and operator performance.'

Machinery Condition Evaluation outlines a step-by-step plan for manufacturers to implement a customized predictive maintenance program or enhance an existing one. The goal is to provide greater long-term productivity improvements and move companies away from more costly routine activities to an efficient, predictive approach. Based on the audit results, an implementation plan is developed to focus on the organization's current needs, resources and existing production schedules.

In the Plant Baseline Evaluation, Rockwell’s assessment specialists gather performance data on production machinery to determine optimum operating parameters. The result is a comprehensive, easy-to-read summary that identifies existing and potential problems and suggests corrective measures to resolve or prevent unplanned downtime.

The Installed Base Evaluation helps companies document their installed base of production equipment and associated spare parts inventory. By providing statistically calculated MRO inventory level recommendations, organizations can better match demand for storeroom inventories to their actual production assets. This allows managers to efficiently manage spare parts inventories and MRO expenses.

The Integrated Performance Assessment carefully examines the people, organizational systems, processes and industrial technologies that influence productivity. At the center of Rockwell’s approach is the belief that training alone does not solve performance issues. Instead, an organization first must change behavior or processes that obstruct productivity. The assessment goes beyond traditional coursework and skills training to help companies maximize performance and achieve ongoing productivity gains by addressing a multitude of issues affecting a company's workforce.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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