A Practical Reliability Assessment (PRA) is to determine the current status of a site as it is related to the various components of the Practical Reliability Model. These include categories of Strategy, Execute and Evaluate. The assessment is conducted by seasoned industry professionals in the form of live interviews with site personnel, documentation reviews, maintenance data analysis and maintenance/reliability meeting attendance. The output of the assessment is a comparison of the current state of the facility to the overall benchmark values for all of the different elements related to the Practical Reliability Model. This will allow the site to see where they need to focus their attention as it relates to maintenance and reliability improvement.
Description of Service
Below are the typical steps involved in the process:
- Assessment Preparation – The consulting team will reach out to the site for various documents and data that will be used for review prior to coming on site. They will also work with the site to develop a schedule for the site visit. This would include key meeting times, interviews with site personnel, daily reviews and closing meetings with site leadership.
- Site Visit – This would include 3-5 consultants (depending on the size of the site) coming on site to interview site personnel from various functions (maintenance, reliability, operations, finance, safety/environmental and site leadership). Consultants will also take time to sit in on key maintenance and production meetings. Time will also be allocated to performing data reviews. Typically, this would include maintenance work order history, completed root cause analyses, safety reports, daily production reports and the like. If possible, the team would request a detailed tour of the site. This would include production areas, maintenance shops, storeroom (material warehouse), lubrication storage, etc.
- Report Development – Based on the interviews and data collected, the team will develop a detailed assessment report. This will provide the site with a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the site’s current state versus industry best practices. The report will also delineate specific areas of focus for the site along with detailed recommendations and solution path.
- Report Presentation to Leadership – The team will provide a live presentation to the leadership team once the report is completed. This can be done either onsite or virtually based on the site’s preference. However, we feel that an onsite presentation is most effective.
- Optional Next Steps – The Prelical Team is prepared to help the site, post assessment, if the site deems necessary. Between our internal consultants and external partners, we can provide everything the site would need to implement their Practical Reliability initiative.
A typical engagement will be two to three weeks (depending on the size of the site and if the site prefers an on-site report out to leadership. The consultants (3-5 based on site size) will arrive on site on Monday afternoon and will work with the site through Friday morning. The consultants will spend an additional week (offsite) reviewing the findings from the onsite work and developing a detailed report. The team will be prepared to present the report findings and recommendations to the leadership team either on site or virtually depending on the site’s preference.
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