DSM’s Global View of Maintenance and Equipment Reliability

DSM has increasingly moved from a centralised asset management approach to operating diverse sites across the globe, bringing both challenges and opportunities in its approach to maintenance and equipment reliability (M&ER), said Jos Van der Aelst, DSM’s company lead in the area. 

DSM is a global science-based company that is active in health, nutrition and materials. It works in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees.

There are huge differences in backgrounds and asset diversity among the DSM facilities, Van der Aelst said. The creation of a common vision and implementing strategic initiatives – including mechanisms and processes that work in many different environments – is the foundation for realising maximum value with the DSM asset portfolio, he said.

‘The DSM global M&ER network created a common vision for M&ER,’ he explained, and developed strategic initiatives to realise this vision. ‘This starting point ensures commitment and involvement for actionable initiatives and realising, amplifying and leveraging mechanisms for global roll out.’

 The company adopted a range of strategic initiatives around best practice sharing and network structure, aiming to ‘connect the whole DSM community’, he said. It is working to optimise equipment reliability through the use of predictive maintenance and other technologies, while it also has an initiative focused on continuously improving the knowledge and competences of staff members. Enhancing an integrated asset life cycle approach is key for maximising asset utilisation and optimising operational and capital expenditures, Van der Aelst said.

DSM has a variety of technological projects underway to support this work, Van der Aelst said. The deployment of Asset Strategy Development and Asset Health Monitoring applications, as well as new technology in condition monitoring and making use of drones and robots for inspections, provides proactive, actionable insight into asset performance and condition, he said.

The strategic initiatives need to be embedded in processes and practices and employed by the different sites. Site M&ER organizations need to embody the vision and implement actions to realise the strategic initiatives, he said. DSM therefore deploys a number of instruments and tools, including a continuous improvement programme, management systems, and active networking activities across all DSM sites.

Van der Aelst said the aim is to continuously improve performance in terms of safety, asset reliability and costs. He also highlighted the environmental element, which he said is a key goal for DSM. jvde

‘Sustainability is a core value and all our M&ER decisions and activities need to take into account the potential impact and opportunities in this domain.’ 

The company adapts technologies and processes to allow people across the global organisation to communicate, sharing their M&ER knowledge and experience to improve the capabilities of the company as a whole, he added.

‘We connect people to increase knowledge and security, to improve our asset health and our asset management,’ Van der Aelst said. ‘These are the main focus points for us.’

Jos van der Aelst will speak at Euromaintenance 4.0, where he will present on the journey from a corporate maintenance and equipment reliability vision to making it happen. Euromaintenance 4.0 will take place in Antwerp, Belgium from September 24-27. www.euromaintenance.org




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