This article explains why using an EAM system can help guard again threats from Mother Nature to fleet reliability.

Protecting Fleets from an Explosive Mother Nature

It seems every year Nature demonstrates its power. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornados and floods are just some of the most devastating events. Little can be done to protect fleets from a direct hit that destroys a fleet but much can be done to protect fleet assets from after-effects.

One of the side effects of wind and earth events is the amount of debris that is cast into the atmosphere. In some situations, such as a volcanic eruption, the amount of ash put into the air can clog and stop engines, stop airflow through air filters and permanently damage exterior surfaces.

The key to avoiding unnecessary damage is to make sure that assets are inspected before and after the event before operating them. All results should be compared against prior inspections to note changes and determine if maintenance is needed.

The Role of EAM Systems

One way to ensure that asset and maintenance managers can react quickly to protect assets is to implement an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system. An EAM system is able to keep track of all assets including their location, description, and condition. This information enables fleet asset managers to perform two critical functions.

The first is to quickly generate inspection checklists. Inspection checklist should be generated and used before, during and after the event. Any item of note is immediately sent back to management using mobile devices so that quick decisions can be made as to a course of action.

The second is that the EAM system enables fleet managers to schedule repair or preventive maintenance on fleet assets so that they can be put back in use quickly. The efficiencies generated by an EAM through the organization and automation of the work management process are crucial for reacting quickly.