What is Thoughtware?

Aladon will change the way your people think about maintenance and the value of your assets through introducing the fourth-generation maintenance techniques. Aladon is a “thoughtware” company and our methodologies cover the full life-cycle of your assets. With our risk-based approach, our integrated reliability methodologies cover full asset life-cycle management from conception (through application of Reliability Centered Design™) to the difficult decisions about renewal or replacement with our Asset Life Information Management methodology. Aladon covers every stage of your assets to provide the most value and return on assets.

Asset Criticality and Prioritization (ACAP)

Key to building a reliability culture in your organization is creating a structure where you understand your assets’ criticality to your operation. Without the Asset Criticality and Prioritization (ACAP) process, you can waste resources or worse, have critical equipment fail with rippling effects on your organization, people and the environment.

Using the ACAP rankings, you can identify where to focus your organization’s capital, maintenance efforts and resources when you are applying and sustaining a reliability strategy. Whenever the operating context changes, you should review your asset criticality because this could change its failure impact.

Reliability Centered Design™ (RCD)

Reliability Centered Design (RCD) is a risk-based methodology for preparing your people and your assets for operational readiness – in its core RCD is founded on the robust principles of RCM and extends reliability thinking to include upper management’s objectives early on in the design process. RCD supports ISO 55000 and the elements of life-cycle asset management and creates the foundation for establishing inherent reliability and continuous improvement. It does so by involving all the stakeholders and through simulation and optimization of the design.

Our experience shows that RCD not only saves on CAPEX through optimizing the design and reducing Change Orders during the construction and commissioning phases but continuously provides savings during operations and maintenance of the plant also (OPEX). RCD will soon be supported through Aladon’s comprehensive software.

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

Aladon’s Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM2™/RCMII™ and RCM3™), represents a suite of methodologies designed to proactively manage your operational and maintenance performance and optimize your company’s assets. Built on the ground-breaking RCM2 from our founder John Moubray, Aladon continues to lead the RCM industry. Companies that have been trained by Aladon and use our RCM methodologies consistently, find vast improvements in their ability to manage their assets and boost overall productivity.

Since 1986, Aladon has gone above and beyond our clients’ expectations to ensure their complete RCM success. We equip your team with the tools to enhance your company’s compliance, increase asset utilization, and protect your reputation.

RCM2 and RCM3 fully comply with the SAE Standard for RCM, and RCM3 goes beyond the requirements of the standard. Our fully integrated reliability methodologies ensure that you optimize the value from your assets. RCM2 and RCM3 both are supported through comprehensive software available through the Aladon Network.

Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA)

Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA) is a fast and effective analysis used for less critical assets. It’s a process that goes hand in hand with Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) for your organization’s overall asset maintenance strategy.

MTA ensures that the tasks you perform are actually adding value to your reliability and risk management program. Unlike RCM, MTA is not a zero-base analysis, and it is used to optimize existing Preventative Maintenance (PM) programs.

Many tasks in existing maintenance programs add no value or are simply duplicated. MTA is the process we use to eliminate non-value-added tasks ­– those tasks that are not technically feasible or worth doing. Aladon’s REW software makes MTA more efficient because it can import PM task information for use within REW.  

Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)

Having the necessary information is critical to supporting a reliability improvement process. That’s why Aladon’s RCFA methodology is fully integrated with RCM3. Whether you first decide to embark on a defect elimination / failure analysis or strive to develop failure management strategies, our methodologies are linked at the appropriate level with data that is interchangeable – saving time and resources and eliminating duplication. Structured in a way to provide the continuous improvement feedback, our RCFA process is intuitive and comprehensive, allowing for both formal and informal analyses. Our RCFA process is fully supported through comprehensive software available through the Aladon Network.

Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)

The FMECA process is integrated into both our RCM and RCD methodologies and when applied during design, facility expansion or optimization projects, it provides the rapid results required to develop more robust asset strategies. The FMECA process is required by some Aladon clients and recommended for others and overall the outcomes of our FMECA process, delivers more value than traditional FMEAs. Our experience with RCM provides better and more sustainable recommendations. The Aladon FMECA process is also fully supported by our software that is available through the Aladon Network.

Condition Assessment (CA)

The Aladon Condition Assessment process has been developed over many years working with one of our Network Members. The CA process is a risk-based approach not only to determine the current condition of your assets but to provide useful asset management recommendations based on the asset condition. The CA process is fully supported by software that includes a comprehensive library of assets and their attributes for conducting a condition assessment – resulting in the ability to tap into years of experience while saving time and resources. The Condition Assessment process is both qualitative and quantitative and includes field observation, interviews with people who knows the equipment best, performance analysis and data reviews to provide a comprehensive snapshot of your assets.

Risk Centered Spares (RCS)

Risk Centered Spares (RCS) is an extension to the RCM process. Through evaluation of the consequences of a stock-out effect (similar to the evaluation of the failure consequences in RCM), stocking policies are optimized to support maintenance and operations at all levels. The RCS process follows a similar approach to RCM and spare part strategies are tied to failure modes. The spare part recommendations are based on the specific Operating Conditions and drawn from the failure management recommendations delivered through the RCM process which includes our fourth-generation maintenance techniques. It is our experience that a well-executed RCS analysis, provides the single most value in the reliability analysis process. RCS is supported through comprehensive software available through the Aladon Network.

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