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2021-09-10
Kick-start your turnaround with HoTT-analyses
10 September 2021

Kick-start your turnaround with HoTT-analyses

Good preparation of a turnaround is at least half the work when it comes to efficiency. But it seems that in practice, many hours are still lost to waiting, consultations, awkwardly arranged logistical processes or even missing or incorrect tools. With a HoTT analysis – Hands on Tool Time – these shortcomings can be detected and remedied, and you can kick-start your turnaround.

2021-08-30
Industry can kick-start the hydrogen economy
30 August 2021

Industry can kick-start the hydrogen economy

A radical transformation is needed in the way energy is produced and used to fulfil societal needs. Clean renewables will gradually replace fossil fuels. Continuing to work on gradual, incremental changes will not be enough to tackle climate change.

2021-04-10
Stork and AspenTech: Busting APM Myths for Customers
10 April 2021

Stork and AspenTech: Busting APM Myths for Customers

In part one of his two-part blog, Steve Hillock busts some commonly-believed myths about APM, AI and other topics. We hope you enjoy part two, as Steve delves into the successful partnership between the two companies.

2021-02-05
APM and AI Myth Busting and the Critical Role of New Technologies
05 February 2021

APM and AI Myth Busting and the Critical Role of New Technologies

In this blog, the first in a two-part series, Steve discusses the important role of APM technologies and debunks three myths about digital transformation and AI. In part two, to be published in the next few weeks, Steve will discuss how the Stork AspenTech partnership benefits customers. Thanks to Steve for participating in the AspenTech partner guest blog series.

2021-02-02
Key issues in (Physical) Asset Management
02 February 2021

Key issues in (Physical) Asset Management

Managing physical assets is about dealing with risks over the lifecycle of assets. However Asset Management is often misunderstood: not realizing that it is also a way of thinking that involves the organization and business as a whole.

2021-01-27
The metamorphosis of a maintenance department
27 January 2021

The metamorphosis of a maintenance department

"I really regret that I could not work in such a workshop much earlier." One of the E&I technicians at the Vynova location in Beek (NL) is speaking. He recently reorganized the workshop according to the 5S method, together with the colleagues in his team. He is proud that this is the reference now for other colleagues, who each approach their workplace in the same way. This is just one of the many changes that have been made by employees in the past 12 months, to their own great satisfaction.

2021-01-12
Smart maintenance with Virtual and Augmented Reality requires new skills from mechanics
12 January 2021

Smart maintenance with Virtual and Augmented Reality requires new skills from mechanics

What skills are required for technicians when using Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR&VR) applications in maintenance activities in the industry? This is the core question that we try to answer from the WCM Smart Maintenance Skills lab. Based on several pilots at Stork and Kuehne & Nagel, we have evaluated how technicians deal with the interpretation and analysis of information provided for guidance and implementation of maintenance activities when applying VR & AR applications. The research shows that age, experience and education level are of great importance for mechanics in VR & AR applications in daily practice.

2020-12-02
Shaping High-Performance Teams for international projects
02 December 2020

Shaping High-Performance Teams for international projects

For the successful realization of an international project it is of utmost importance to have a High-Performance Team (HPT). However, building and maintaining such a team is always a challenge. In this case study, I will guide you through the what-and-how of HPTs based on experience gained from an international project where I am in the team leader’s role. It will give insight in how to build an HPT. And how to ensure that it functions optimally.

2020-10-08
Periodic inspection, continuous condition monitoring or APM 4.0?
08 October 2020

Periodic inspection, continuous condition monitoring or APM 4.0?

Selecting the right asset reliability strategy is a question that keeps many of our customers awake at night. Currently, on social media, at conferences, in email marketing, a lot of attention is on the newest technologies like machine learning, predictive analytics and anomaly detection. It seems like APM4.0 or Predictive maintenance is the only valid strategy. But is that true? Is there a one-size-fits-all approach to asset reliability strategy? Although this might be the best approach in some cases, in many cases, this strategy's business case isn't proven and achievable.

2020-09-03
Decision making in uncertainty
03 September 2020

Decision making in uncertainty

Decision makers are passing an unusual period, when techniques that used to help them in making decisions are not fully adequate anymore. Uncertainty (due to COVID-19) has changed the stage and requires different techniques. This relatively high uncertainty comes on top of already existing cognitive biases which were (unconsciously) effecting individual or group decisions.

2020-05-11
Green recovery after Covid-19 crisis
11 May 2020

Green recovery after Covid-19 crisis

These are strange times. The corona crisis shows a number of effects that we can all clearly observe. Companies are completely or partially closed and have reduced their activities. It is unclear how long this will take, but the lockdown will for sure lead to a serious economic downturn. On the upside, restricted travel, working from home and much less commuting results in cleaner air and as people are looking for ways to help each other, social cohesion is getting stronger. It is interesting to see that government decisions are clearly based on the appreciated insights of scientists such as biomedics and virologists.

2020-01-14
The future of green hydrogen
14 January 2020

The future of green hydrogen

There is a lot of buzz around the possibilities of hydrogen as fuel and new energy carrier in our energy system. Hydrogen can be a key ingredient to reach carbon-neutrality in Europe and an important solution to move away from fossil fuels. To explore the opportunities and risks of introducing large scale green hydrogen production in the Netherlands, Stork started a research named “Green Electrons to Green Hydrogen” (GE2GH2). The goal is to find a way to leverage the partnerships and connections in the value chain to drive awareness and action and to ensure that the Netherlands can become an internationally leading hydrogen country.

2019-10-25
Working at Heights | From bamboo to rope to drones…
25 October 2019

Working at Heights | From bamboo to rope to drones…

Scaffolding has been around forever, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, because people in prehistoric times were already using a scaffold made of bamboo or wood to work at heights. It was only in 1913 that “Scaffixer” was patented; a coupling device that was far more robust than rope.

2019-10-11
Preparing for the Robot Revolution
11 October 2019

Preparing for the Robot Revolution

It’s not a question of whether robotics will change the face of inspection and maintenance. It’s a question of when. And, according to Stefano Stramigioli, professor of Advanced Robotics and Chair of the Robotics and Mechatronics Group at the University of Twente, the companies that pioneer research into industrial robots today, will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

2019-04-23
From Shutdown Zero to Hero
23 April 2019

From Shutdown Zero to Hero

In a process industry, shutdowns are essential to keep production going. One of our consultants, who specializes in service providing within Stork Asset Management Technology, explains.

2018-12-20
Get the most out of your Asset Management System
20 December 2018

Get the most out of your Asset Management System

In practice, it appears that many organizations have difficulty getting the right support from their Enterprise Asset Management system. In this blog we describe why expectations are possibly not met and what can be done about it.

2018-11-13
How to implement Knowledge Management in Asset Management
13 November 2018

How to implement Knowledge Management in Asset Management

In their ambition to create value from their assets Asset Owners often struggle with managing their critical knowledge. In times of an ageing workforce and (technical) personnel shortage this issue is moving more and more towards the strategic Asset Management agenda.

2018-11-05
Am I here for SAP or is SAP here for me?
05 November 2018

Am I here for SAP or is SAP here for me?

Regardless of our role in a maintenance organization, we all know that feeling of 'Am I here for SAP or is SAP here for me?'; indeed, the question is: what's in it for me?

2018-11-02
Het doel van Asset Portfolio Management voor uw organisatie (deel 2)
02 November 2018

Het doel van Asset Portfolio Management voor uw organisatie (deel 2)

Regelmatig merk ik dat bedrijven worstelen met de vraag: welke van de verschillende ingediende projectvoorstellen levert aantoonbaar voldoende verbetering op na implementatie, een van mijn persoonlijk favoriete thema’s. Door middel van een aantal blogs wil ik proberen hier enige duidelijkheid in te scheppen. Hierbij de tweede bijdrage die ingaat op het doel van ‘Asset Portfolio Management’ voor uw organisatie.

2018-10-16
De in’s en out’s van energie management
16 October 2018

De in’s en out’s van energie management

Door bedrijven wordt al jaren gewerkt aan energiebesparing via meerjarenafspraken voor energie-efficiëntie. Naast maatregelen voor energiebesparing zien we dat ons energielandschap aan het veranderen is, waarbij het aandeel van hernieuwbare energie groeit.

2018-10-11
Predictive maintenance in six steps
11 October 2018

Predictive maintenance in six steps

Predictive maintenance: everyone talks about it and seems to know how to do it. But what is it really? Enos Postma takes us into the world of assets, predictive maintenance, statistics and algorithms and explains how to implement predictive maintenance in six clear steps.

2018-07-10
The Long-Term Asset Replacement Plan – What is it and what is it used for?
10 July 2018

The Long-Term Asset Replacement Plan – What is it and what is it used for?

Insufficient control over capex? Unexpected major expenses? The sentence: “that will definitely last another 10 years?” These are all good reasons to consider preparing a Long-Term Asset Replacement Plan (LTARP).

2018-07-05
Continuous Improvement in performance contracts
05 July 2018

Continuous Improvement in performance contracts

Where maintenance is concerned, the urge to achieve Continuous Improvement and learn from mistakes is vital: economically, technically and from the point of view of competition.

2018-06-25
The importance of policy and strategy for Asset Management
25 June 2018

The importance of policy and strategy for Asset Management

Maintenance is one of the pillars of Asset Management and plays an important role in the achievement of a successful value in use. Over the years, many programs have been developed with the improvement of maintenance in mind. However, they tend to forget the most important factor: the policy and strategy of the organization.

2018-02-23
Moving towards data-driven maintenance
23 February 2018

Moving towards data-driven maintenance

In a landscape where only a handful of companies in oil, gas and petrochemical are embracing the opportunities of digitalization to gain better levels of productivity, this blog provides a comprehensive digest on how analytics can be used to redefine current maintenance strategies.

2018-01-11
RAMS: better results in less time
11 January 2018

RAMS: better results in less time

RAMS stands for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety and defines the functional requirements that a project must meet. RAMS is now a household name in the world of large, complex infrastructure projects and is closely linked to Systems Engineering.

2017-12-11
Earth is our most important asset!
11 December 2017

Earth is our most important asset!

From an asset management perspective, we can argue that the earth is our most important asset and should therefore be carefully managed. Good stewardship is expected of asset managers, and the task at hand is taking good care of the earth.

2017-12-08
From Service Provider to Asset Manager
08 December 2017

From Service Provider to Asset Manager

In 2016, Istimewa called on the consultants from Stork Asset Management Technology to help them further professionalize their own asset management. The Stork consultants help to develop another way of thinking and working.

2017-11-24
Duurzaamheid is business
24 November 2017

Duurzaamheid is business

Duurzaam ondernemen is een must voor het bedrijfsleven. Uit de Nationale Duurzaamheidsmonitor 2015, blijkt dat 86 procent van de ondervraagde bedrijven van mening is dat een onderneming de plicht heeft om goed na te denken over de impact op het milieu en de samenleving.

2017-11-17
Scrum in the Industry - Let’s Play Ball!
17 November 2017

Scrum in the Industry - Let’s Play Ball!

Is the scrum method only suitable for IT projects? Our experience is that industries can achieve better results through this form of collaboration.

2017-10-30
Synergy between Reliability-Centered Maintenance and Root Cause Analysis
30 October 2017

Synergy between Reliability-Centered Maintenance and Root Cause Analysis

Which would you prefer: Prevention or Cure? Preventing equipment from failing is obviously a good thing. But we cannot predict everything. The best preventative efforts still fail sometimes. Wouldn't that suggest that the better answer would be 'Cure!'?

2017-10-26
Stork’s Operational Excellence Award
26 October 2017

Stork’s Operational Excellence Award

Congratulations to Stork’s HVACR Team (James Duffy, Farhad Efendiye and Davie McLean), based in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. They have each been awarded an Operational Excellence Award for their outstanding work and commitment during their offshore rotations in the region.

2017-10-03
The UK & Africa 2017 REACH Beyond Zero Annual Awards
03 October 2017

The UK & Africa 2017 REACH Beyond Zero Annual Awards

Last week, Wednesday 27th September, the UK & Africa region held their annual REACH Beyond Zero Awards at Trinity Hall in Aberdeen. Over 90 Stork employees, clients and industry peers gathered to recognise the exceptional commitment to HSEQ made by the UK & Africa region’s finalists over the past 12 months.

2017-09-21
Proud of our Knowledge
21 September 2017

Proud of our Knowledge

At Stork Asset Management Solutions we aim to make knowledge, which is critical to the services that we provide, accessible. This includes both explicit knowledge and tacit knowledge. In practice, we are talking about knowledge bases and knowledge owners.

2017-09-19
“Aging” and BRZO: more than just the hardware!
19 September 2017

“Aging” and BRZO: more than just the hardware!

The majority of the facilities in the (petro)chemical industry in the Netherlands have been operating for many years. Many of them could be categorized as relatively old - “aging” - facilities, which could give an increased risk to the occurrence of accidents.

2017-07-31
How do I choose the best CMMS software fit?
31 July 2017

How do I choose the best CMMS software fit?

Het selecteren van een Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) of een Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) ondersteunend systeem is één van de meest uitdagende projecten voor een onderhoudsorganisatie en/of operationele organisatie.

2017-07-10
A substantiated maintenance concept in six steps
10 July 2017

A substantiated maintenance concept in six steps

In my work, I often come into contact with customers who feel that maintenance can be better and, above all, cheaper. Then there are those customers who are fine with everything and see maintenance more as a necessary evil. In this blog I will explain the usefulness and necessity of having a substantiated maintenance concept and how it can be managed.

2017-06-19
From reactive to planned maintenance - Practical Experience
19 June 2017

From reactive to planned maintenance - Practical Experience

Over the past years, I have worked for various companies that, after years of carrying out reactive maintenance, wanted to take the step forward to performing maintenance at a planned level.

2017-06-19
Evolution of Fabric Maintenance – from Aesthetics to Integrity
19 June 2017

Evolution of Fabric Maintenance – from Aesthetics to Integrity

For a long time Fabric Maintenance was as much about aesthetics and making the asset look good, as it was the operation of the plant. But the times have changed.

2017-06-19
Data relevance – Crucial in Asset Performance Management
19 June 2017

Data relevance – Crucial in Asset Performance Management

The quality of data is a difficult concept; you can approach it intuitively: for example data that is ‘good'. But it quickly becomes trickier when there are several users of the same data, and trickier still if each one of these users wants to achieve different goals with that data.

2017-05-15
IOT innovations improve better decision making based on accurate asset data
15 May 2017

IOT innovations improve better decision making based on accurate asset data

Asset-intensive companies face tighter maintenance budgets, stricter regulations and increased pressure to improve asset performance, whilst confronted with aging assets and workforce.