Developing Equipment Maintenance Plans


In the Asset Management document hierarchy the Equipment Maintenance Plan (EMP) sits below the Asset Management Plan (AMP). The EMP is the document that consolidates and summarizes the maintenance tasks required to ensure the asset meets its intended business purpose, what ISO 55001 refers to as the stakeholder value. Although the EMP is not the detailed task list that is recorded in the CMMS, it does provide many of the critical components of that job plan. The EMP is often used to summarize the maintenance strategy developed during a system FMEA. However, it is also a powerful tool when used alone.

Developing Equipment Maintenance Plans

The Equipment Maintenance Plan, or EMP as it is commonly called, is a document in table format that is used when developing the tasks needed to properly maintain facility, plant or equipment. The EMP helps lead the person or persons developing the required maintenance tasks by ensuring that the development is done consistently for all equipment. Each EMP should include one or more maintenance tasks designed to ensure the continued operation and maintenance of an equipment item, process or system. Each of these tasks has the following characteristics:

  • A descriptive title for each maintenance task to be performed
  • A frequency assigned for performing each task
  • Assignment of a specific craft or workgroup and the number of each craft or workgroup required to perform the task
  • Equipment condition required for performance of the task (i.e. running or shut down)
  • Type of Work – Preventive Maintenance (PM), Predictive Maintenance (PdM), Corrective Maintenance (CM), Operator Care (OC), etc.
  • Procedure / Task number – Unique identifier for the task, or file name if linked to another document that gives the individual task instructions
  • Estimated time to perform the task
  • Special tools, materials and equipment required to perform the task

The EMP can also provide the following planning and budgeting information if set up properly in a spreadsheet format:

  • Annualized hours for performing the task
  • Annualized hours for shutdown of the equipment during performance of the task
  • Annualized hours for performance of the task by craft

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