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With our solutions and services you can increase productivity, quality and cost-efficiency. By applying advanced RAMS methods and tools you achieve understanding about the complex and dynamic relations between failures and key performance indicators (KPI). With ELMAS and StockOptim we offer efficient simulation and analysis of dependability, and optimization of maintenance and spare part storage. This software family includes a wide variety of solutions for decreasing risk and improving overall efficiency.
Ramentor's expertise combines deep theoretical background of RAMS methods and tools with experience in challenging industrial risk assessment applications. Together with our customers we have analyzed RAMS and risks of, for example, paper and pulp mills, lifting equipment, data centers, pharmaceutical production lines, steel mills and processing lines, tyre production process, district cooling and heating plants, maintenance outsourcing, veneer production, propulsion equipment, nuclear plant, final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, particle accelerator, power transmission lines, material handling solutions and telecommunication networks. Cases have been made in design, realization and operation & maintenance stages to, for example, increase availability, decrease life-cycle costs, optimize maintenance plan, and assess the components' criticality.Risk management
Risk management process and methods
Ramentor provides systematic risk management solutions for assessing the criticality of component failures and mitigating their overall effects. In the evolving operating environment it is necessary to perform risk management as a constant process. The enhanced process for recognizing and coping with the everyday risks is an essential asset for equipment manufacturers and process plants.
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Ramentor expert services
- Value proposition for RAMS survey:
- The customer understands better the risks of the operational environment.
- The customer recognizes how the available RAMS information is currently capitalized and what is the potential of the information.
- The customer clarifies the perception about the critical parts of the production process.
- The customer receives an explicit plan for improving the RAMS in the most suitable manner.
- The content of the project:
- Preliminary study and planning (1-2 days)
- Workshop (1 day):
- Introduction to the operational environment, recognition of the risks and setting the goals
- Considering the quantity and quality of the currently available RAMS and cost information
- Finding the potential targets of the analysis (production, RAMS, costs, safety)
- Analyzing and reporting the collected information (1-3 days)
- Presenting the results (0.5 days):
- A review of the RAMS survey project
- Presenting the project report and the findings
- The project report:
- The report of the RAMS survey project includes:
- The recognized risks of the operational environment or the production unit
- The potential of capitalizing the currently available RAMS information
- The goals for the RAMS improvement, risk analysis and data collection
- A proposal for a customized RAMS training
- A proposal for the RAMS analysis of recognized problem:
- Project plan
- An estimation of amount of work
- An assessment of the improvement potential and an estimation of the time period when the RAMS analysis will pay off
- Value proposition for RAMS analysis:
- A made RAMS analysis will pay off at latest after three years, probably already during the first year.
- The RAMS analysis helps recognizing the most critical sub systems, components and failure modes.
- The actions recommended by the RAMS analysis enable improving RAMS cost-efficiently.
- The customer understands explicitly the risks of the operational environment.
- The customer has a knowledge for the most efficient capitalization of the available RAMS information.
- A systematic procedure is built for new RAMS analyses.
- The content of the project:
- Phases of a typical RAMS analysis project:
- Introduction to the analysis target and preliminary data collection
- Creation of the target's RAMS model by using ELMAS tool
- Failure, repair time and cost data collection from various sources ans inclusion of it in the RAMS model
- ELMAS simulation and analysis of results
- Action planning for the most critical failure modes
- Reporting the results and planning the continuous RAMS improvement procedure
- Workshops: Data collection, action planning (5-15 days)
- Presenting the results: The project report and the findings (0.5 days)
- The report of the RAMS analysis project includes:
- A review of the analysis phases
- Results from the simulation: Reliability, availability and costs of the analysis target
- Classification (TOP 10 lists): The most critical sub systems, components and failure modes
- Risks and improvement potential of the analysis target
- Recommended actions and conclusions
ELMAS risk management solutions
FTA – Fault Tree Analysis
Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) is a structured top-down method for the identification of causes, which lead to a system fault or other undesirable consequence. A fault tree is a graphical presentation of the logical links of component and subsystem failures that lead to an unwanted event. Quantitative FTA calculates explicit dependability parameters for the analyzed item.
- ELMAS software provides an efficient and intuitive graphical user interface for advanced FTA, which extends the traditional FTA method with various modelling features:
- Combine FTA with Reliability Block Diagram (RBD) and multi-state operation phase modelling
- Combine FTA with FMEA/FMECA and RCM
- Define stochastic relations and delays between events
- Define mode-dependent failure behaviors
- Include preventive maintenance actions
- Include Java-based scripts for definition of special rules and dynamic operation phases
LCC – Life-Cycle Cost
Life-Cycle Cost (LCC) includes all costs starting from the definition of the item to the moment of taking it off the use and wrecking or relocating it. Different costs can cumulate from manufacturing, use, education, maintenance and eventual end-of-life actions, and also indirectly from the downtime or losses caused by the item failures. Sophisticated LCC analysis should be performed as early as possible, as the majority of the costs will be determined based on the design decisions made in the start of the life-cycle.
- ELMAS software enables including the most common cost elements in a systematic LCC analysis:
- investment costs, acquisition price
- installation and order costs (including education)
- energy costs (predicted costs for the system use)
- usage costs (operations personnel costs)
- maintenance and repair costs (repeating and predictive repairs)
- downtime costs (lost production)
- environmental costs
- end-of-life costs
Criticality classification can be applied for estimating the significance of the functions and the equipment in the system. Criticality classification produces important information to support the operations of maintenance, design and acquisition sections. Ramentor has included a criticality classification tool in the ELMAS software.
- Typically criticality classification directs these sections with the following methods:
- Creating suitable maintenance and inspection programs primarily for the most critical functions and equipment
- Equipment spare part criticalities are derived straight from the equipment criticalities
- Recognizing critical functions and equipment already in the design phase to inform and support the development process
- Provides information for the acquisition section about the requirements of the critical equipment
Read more about ELMAS Criticality classification (unfortunately available only in Finnish): ELMAS-Kriittisyysluokittelu.pdfFMEA/FMECA
FMEA/FMECA – Failure Mode and Effects (and Criticality) Analysis
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is one of the first structured techniques for systematic failure analysis. FMEA can be extended to Failure Mode and Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) by defining criticalities for the identified failure modes. Ramentor has included a FMEA/FMECA tool in the ELMAS software. This combination of FMEA/FMECA and several supporting modeling and simulation functions provides a novel perspective for applying the method.
- FMECA tries to answer the following questions:
- What can fail?
- What is the effect of the failure?
- How probable is the failure?
- What are the consequences of the failure?
- What can be done to the failure?
- How can the causes of the failure be removed?
- How can the severity of the failure be decreased?
- FMECA method can be applied, for example, to:
- make sure that all potential failure modes and their effects are taken into account to ensure undisturbed operation of the system
- recognize all the potential failure modes and to estimate the criticalities of their effects
- show the cause-consequence relations of each failure mode
- guide the selection between different design solutions and to choose the ones that have the most significant effect on relaibility and safety
- provide information for the maintenance planning
- provide information for quantitative reliability and dependability analysis
Read more about ELMAS FMEA (unfortunately available only in Finnish): ELMAS-FMEA.pdfRCM
RCM – Reliability Centered Maintenance
Ramentor has included a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) tool in the ELMAS software for supporting an effective RCM that leads to improvements in maintenance operations. Together with the visual modeling and versatile simulation functions, ELMAS RCM is a flexible and user-friendly tool.
- The following list presents the seven basic questions that the RCM analysis aims to answer:
- What are the functions and performance standards of the object in its current operational environment?
- What will happen if the object fails (which functions will not be available)?
- What causes the lack or insufficiency of each function of the object?
- What happens when each failure occurs?
- What damages will each failure cause?
- What can be done to detect each failure early enough or to prevent it from happening?
- What must be done if a suitable preventive task cannot be found?
Read more about ELMAS RCM (unfortunately available only in Finnish) from a document that explains thoroughly how the RCM steps are performed with the ELMAS software in an effective and user-friendly manner: ELMAS-RCM.pdf
Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT)
Creating basis for IoT
The startup phase of a new IoT system can take years until the system is properly defined and have collected enough event data to support all of the analytics. This phase of waiting for new data streams doesn’t though mean that advanced analytics can’t be applied. For example, ELMAS can use the already existing imperfect data with the help of local expert resources. This way it is possible to create the same improvement alternatives for the equipment as with the completed IoT systems, but in addition to this the analysis also provides important feedback for the ongoing IoT development.
With the results of ELMAS analysis it is for example possible to define which devices should be monitored to ensure the system operation and how much should be invested on the diagnostics on each device. Going through the old event history with the expert resources presents another major advantage by providing valuable information for the upcoming IIoT system. The information includes for example facts about the most problematic areas with the previous event data and gives understanding on what kind of data to collect in the future and in which form it should be transferred into the data storage.
All in all ELMAS brings more intelligence for the management and processing of the large data sets in the IIoT world. The analytics it provides allow to maintain and develop the reliability of the equipment and processes and therefore reducing the overall costs by improving the process efficiency. ELMAS software has a strong history in refining imperfect data to support the decision-making of Finnish industry organizations. The new data streams and the increased attention on data quality coming with the IIoT world further strengthens the possibilities ELMAS can provide for the development of operations.Analytics
ELMAS is a modelling and simulation software specialized in reliability management and it operates in the field of advanced analytics when it comes to Industrial Internet of Things. Thanks to IIoT the amount and especially the quality of the collected data will be increasing and therefore significantly reducing the work effort required to use advanced analytics. Also ELMAS will benefit from the increased quality and accuracy of the available data as the need for reviewing the imperfect history data using various expert resources is no longer as critical as before.
Advanced analytics allow organizations to prepare for future events in a preventive manner (predictive analytics) and to create versatile calculation models for different improvement alternatives and use the results acquired from these calculations to develop the overall operations of the organization (prescriptive analytics). When operating with completed IoT systems ELMAS provides assistance in understanding the consequences of different equipment events and event chains for the operation of the whole system. The cause-consequence models describing the equipment operations are created into the software and they utilize the history event data collected into the data storage. By simulating the models together with the event data ELMAS can provide a clear view on the expectable future behavior of the equipment considering their reliability and life-cycle costs. This way the available raw data can be processed into important knowledge about the most significant equipment risks and used to create profitability calculations about different investment options considered for the equipment or the whole process.