It’s crucial for operators to control, document and analyze all changes in plant activity. This process, known as management of change (MOC), can help plants avoid reliability issues and maintain a successful lubricant management system.
Research shows that 22 percent of reliability problems in manufacturing are caused by uncontrolled process and equipment changes such as new machinery installations or adjustments to lubricant feed rates that haven’t been adequately communicated.
By integrating a systematic MOC process into their day-to-day operations, plants can mitigate these issues and experience the performance benefits outlined below.
Reduced Workplace Accidents
Plants that employ a MOC process can accurately predict and address the potential safety risks associated with operational changes. By documenting and analyzing the effects of these changes, plant managers can inform their employees of the potential hazards that may arise when performing maintenance duties or interacting with certain machinery.
Increased Lubricant and Equipment Reliability
Without a MOC process in place, uncontrolled changes can lead to improper operation of the lubricant in use and inadequate maintenance procedures both of which can result in premature equipment failure and increased downtime.
Enhanced Operational Efficiency
A MOC process provides plants with a system to evaluate and track change, enabling continuous improvement. Companies without proper change management tend to waste valuable time and resources retreading the same ground on issues they’ve likely already experienced or addressed.
"Taking control of your plant's performance with change management" by, Technical Help Desk used with permission of the Mobil SHCTM Club (all rights reserved.)