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How Do You Reduce The Operational Costs Of Over 15,000 Assets? Cincinnati MSD's Journey to High Asset Reliability

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City of Cincinnati – Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Wastewater Treatment Division (WWT) is faced with the challenge of reducing asset operational costs in its seven award winning plants as budgets become tighter, environmental requirements become more stringent and operating and maintenance knowledge is lost through staff retirement.

MSD is employing equipment reliability tools and methods as a part of MSD's Strategic Asset Management Plan to reduce the risk of asset failure while controlling costs. The goal is to focus resources to reduce costs in energy, chemical use and staffing via more sophisticated operating strategies while simultaneously reducing maintenance costs. This paper discusses the methods employed by MSD to increase equipment reliability and thereby reduce O&M costs by selecting the right maintenance strategies for critical assets and monitoring those strategies to optimize results.

MSD has established progressive proactive maintenance plans and is achieving cost savings as these plans take effect.

Keywords: asset management; continuous improvement; criticality; reliability centered maintenance (RCM); risk; software

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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