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5 Steps to Developing Critical Asset Strategy with ISO 55000

March 25, 2024

ISO 55000 is a globally recognized standard for asset management that provides guidelines and best practices to help organizations develop robust asset management systems.

Whether it's mining or manufacturing equipment, infrastructure, or intellectual property, assets drive value and maintain competitive advantage. However, managing these assets efficiently and effectively requires a strategic approach that aligns with international standards such as ISO 55000.

By implementing ISO 55000 principles, businesses can optimize asset performance, minimize risks, and enhance overall operational effectiveness.

In a recent roundtable – with 15 Asset Management leaders representing Iron Ore and Gold Miners, three Rail Companies, a Food Manufacturer, a Steel Manufacturer, and several Power and Water Utilities – there was consensus around the five essential steps to developing a critical asset strategy using ISO 55000:

1. Properly Define Asset Management Objectives and Scope:

This involves identifying the specific goals you want to achieve through effective asset management, like as reducing downtime, optimizing lifecycle costs, or improving regulatory compliance. Additionally, determine the scope of your asset management activities, including the types of assets involved, their criticality, and the geographical locations they cover.

2. Carefully Conduct Asset Identification and Assessment:

This means cataloguing all relevant assets within your organization, including physical assets, such as equipment and infrastructure, as well as intangible assets, such as IP and data. Assess each asset's criticality, performance, and risk factors to prioritize them effectively and allocate resources accordingly.

3. Build and Develop Asset Management Policies and Procedures:

With a clear understanding of your assets, it's essential to develop robust asset management policies and procedures aligned with ISO 55000 principles. These policies will outline the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, define asset management processes and workflows, and establish performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure success. Policies and procedures must be flexible enough to accommodate changes in technology, regulations, and business requirements over time.

4. Implement Asset Management Systems and Tools:

Leverage technology solutions such as computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), enterprise asset management (EAM) software, asset performance platforms, and predictive maintenance tools to streamline asset health tracking, condition monitoring, maintenance planning, scheduling, and performance monitoring. Integrate these systems with your organization's existing IT infrastructure (plant, operational and ERP) to ensure seamless data flow and accessibility across departments.

5. Monitor, Review, Report and Continuously Improve:

Regularly monitor asset performance against established KPIs, conduct periodic audits and reviews to assess compliance with asset management policies and procedures, and solicit feedback from stakeholders to identify areas for improvement. Use this data-driven approach to continuously refine your asset management strategy and drive ongoing performance optimization.

By following these five steps, organizations can enhance the reliability, efficiency, and sustainability of their assets while maximizing value and minimizing risk. Embracing ISO 55000 principles can serve as a roadmap for achieving excellence in asset management and positioning your organization for long-term success in today's competitive business environment.

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