Benefits of An Automation
Risk Assessment

When working with maintenance managers, purchasing managers and process engineers we frequently here them say:

  • I feel pressure to keep our systems and machines running and avoid costly down time.
  • I am concerned that we do not have a reliable set of spare parts, and I just don't have time to check.
  • I feel that I am always in a reactive mode … “fighting fires”.

More often than not, we think system down time can be avoided by having good, reliable vendors and maintenance staff. And this is certainly true … to a point. However, most lengthy shut downs are a direct result of insufficient and unreliable spare parts. A proactive effort to implement a Risk Assessment program can prevent, or significantly minimize, the cost of system down time.

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What is an Automation Risk Assessment?

An Automation Risk Assessment is a systematic method of looking at all the automation components in your plant. It should include:

  • An inventory of all automation components (PLC's, HMI's, safety equipment, etc.).
  • An inventory of all existing spare parts.
  • A discovery of gaps in the spare parts inventory, with emphasis on obsolete or end-of-life components which may be difficult to source.
  • A validation of existing spare parts to ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Benefits of an Automation Risk Assessment:

    Millions of dollars in profits are lost each year due to equipment down time. When you take the time to conduct a risk assessment, evaluate the findings and make corrections to the risks discovered during the assessment, you will be providing the following benefits to your company:

    • Saving Money – Let's face it, we are in business to make money. Reducing down time is the fastest way to directly impact the bottom line.
    • Optimal Productivity – Equipment down time is not just a maintenance issue. It directly impacts supporting functions, such as receiving, packaging & shipping, QA/QC, engineering, etc.
    • Increased Morale – Employees are happier when they see that management is providing the tools & resources they need to do their jobs properly.

    Lower your Risk today! Schedule a Risk Assessment by calling Patrick McMurray: (877) 524-6832.