In GP MaTe, your equipment are identified through a unique identifier that can be of any format. Typically these are P&ID designations or KKS identifiers. These identifiers become central in the linkage of work orders, PM tasks, inventory usage and associated costs.
Equipment can be broken down from major assemblies to smaller components through the use of GP MaTe’s hierarchy. For example, a manufacturing cell can exist as a major piece of equipment, followed by a list of component machines at the next level. And then any machine can be further broken down into separate components against which work might be performed. This breakdown is unlimited in depth, so a whole production line can be, for example, a top level piece of equipment.
The hierarchy is used in three primary features in GP MaTe.
Managing Shutdown Orders
If a parent (high level) piece of equipment is being shutdown for work, GP MaTe will look to see if there are any upcoming or backlogged work waiting on any child equipments. If so, these are presented to the planner for possible execution at the same time.
GP MaTe can use the hierarchy to consolidate costs up to higher level equipment. So, for example, if you have a parent equipment for a whole process line, GP MaTe can report on the maintenance costs against the whole process by rolling up the costs against the children equipment.
Easier Equipment Identification
One problem consistent against all EAMS implementations is the incorrect identification of equipment on work orders. This heirarchy permits users to walk down a parent / child list to better identify the component for reporting. This also permits the identification of PM work tasks at higher levels in the equipment structure when the tasks really deal with actions such as a series of inspections against an assembly of equipment.
When setting up equipment in GP MaTe, you have the option of identifying a wide range of associated information / classifications for the equipment, which can be used to govern how work is managed when directed at this piece of equipment.
- System / Location / Cost Centers, etc. are used to group equipment by these parameters for reporting and classifications
- Equipment Type codes are used to group equipment by function and permits Type specific Nameplate fields to be identified for different types of equipment. Equipment Types can also be used to limit available Failure Codes and Problem Codes to those relevant for the type of equipment.
- Standard and Safety Procedure linking to equipment makes access to equipment specific procedures a simple click from the list of relevant items when planning work. Also, safety procedures can be made “required” so that they automatically become part of every work package for that equipment.
- Regulations can be defined and assigned to equipment that can influence how work orders are routed and/ or processed in GP MaTe. For example, equipment covered by Process Safety Management or Mechanical Integrity regulations can automatically trigger Management Of Change qualification questions. This can also automatically trigger Inventory QA/QC requirements for procurement and receipt inspections.
- External Document Links can be added to each piece of equipment. These links can be to any type of document stored on your network or on the internet. For example, links can be made to PDF Operator Manuals or to the manufacturer’s web site.
- Master Parts Lists (MPLs) are GP MaTe’s mechanism to link in parts lists for your assets. In GP MaTe, MPLs are used to group spare parts that are stocked (or not stocked but order information is maintained) by equipment Make / Model. If you have redundant equipment in your facility (i.e. several pumps of the same make / model) you only need to create one MPL and then link it into these pumps.
- Serialized Spare Parts are parts installed on the equipment that are being tracked via serial number, such as pressure safety relief valves.