Mines are asset intensive ventures. In today’s environment, where many operations are in survival mode, we need to get most out of all of our assets in terms of reliability and productivity.
The Reliability Working Group (RWG) is an operator focused group whose purpose is to provide a network and forum for reliability professionals in mining to exchange knowledge and share reliability best practices in a mining context, resulting in improved asset reliability, productivity, safety and lower operating costs.
A structured reliability program informed by global best practices provides assurance to our investors, insurers and our workforce that we are doing all the right things to keep our assets reliable, efficient and safe. Such guidelines will help minimize asset risk by applying accepted maintenance management practices. In general, an organization that manages its assets well is also safer and more efficient.
There are two initial focuses. One will be on developing a Reliability Best Practices for Mining guideline including common maintenance and reliability terminology, definitions and KPIs, enabling development and comparisons of common practices and benchmarking of results.
The second focus is to develop a subcommittee to bridge the mining industry with the work of the ISO TC 251 on Asset Management and in particular, the ISO 55000 standards series. This committee will also enable collaboration with other reliability and asset management organizations beyond the mining sector.
To identify best reliability processes and practices and develop metrics to monitor and benchmark, create a community of interest for reliability in mining to promote best practices across industry, provide input to standards, and bridge mining and reliability/asset management organizations.