Dana Energy is the first Iranian energy company ever performed maintenance operations in its geophysical projects.
Given the fact that geophysical projects are spread throughout the country, we faced many hardships to find out the best solutions available. So we began studying the maintenance operations used for mining projects based in Germany and Sweden for a while to eventually come up with the best practices to be applied in our geophysical projects.
We are now capable enough to take a lean maintenance operation – an initiative for optimizing the reliability and effectiveness of manufacturing equipment – in geophysical projects to cut costs and improve production by minimizing downtime.
Since 2008, we have been trying to avoid either over maintenance or weak maintenance by using lean maintenance and optimization tools. Dana Energy has implemented the CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) software package to maintain a computer database of information about maintenance operations.
The CMMS has helped us measure the status of more than 5,000 objects or variables in the maintenance process. The software along with our skilled engineers help us keep the equipment and machinery up and running all the time. Our efforts significantly affect production, leading to higher net profit.
We have also been using condition based monitoring, which is a type of predictive maintenance that involves using sensors to measure the status of an asset over time while it is in operation. The collected data is used to establish trends, predict failure and calculate remaining life of an asset.
The method helps us monitor the actual condition of the asset to decide what maintenance needs to be done. It dictates that maintenance should only be performed when certain indicators show signs of decreasing performance or upcoming failure.
Operations & Maintenance Manager