Assess OEM Recommendations

How modla's platform can be used to assess OEM maintenance plans and their effectivity. Background and common questions included.

How to assess OEM recommended strategies with modla?

An important consideration for maintenance professionals is to determine whether their OEM recommended strategy is value-adding. With modla's asset management platform businesses can assess their current or OEM recommended strategy in three easy steps:

  1. Choose the appropriate asset class.
  2. Customise the asset's specific inputs including conditional and environmental considerations. Consequences of failure specific to your business can be imported including monetised risk values.
  3. Select and run a current state analysis, then download the report.

From our detailed reports, businesses can compare predicted cost and risk profiles for any scenario.

Determine the value of your current maintenance strategy in minutes.

Should I follow the OEM recommended strategy or not?

Reliability engineers often lament OEM recommendations, but those very same engineers service their vehicles according to OEM recommendations. The uncertainty surrounding risks and consequences often deter individuals and businesses from deviating from the OEM recommendations. However, more optimal strategies might exist even if you account for all the consequences including lost warranties. The key is to consider all the impacts and make an informed decision conscious of your business context. Most importantly, even OEM recommendations are superior to having no strategy at all.

A major component of the cynicism is the belief that OEM recommendations are self-serving and not of any real benefit to its customers. OEM recommendations focus on contractual obligations and protecting in-service reliability. This often results in an overly conservative condition-based inspection regime.  While such a regime will protect asset performance, it does not consider the business context of the asset. 

In addition, to protect the supplier's warranty risk, OEM recommendations assume a worst-case scenario for operating environments and usage. This rarely produces a balanced outcome for businesses in the long run where cost, risk and performance are traded off economically. When businesses fail to consider the broader context of an asset the performance of maintenance programs suffer:

  1. Performance and safety are compromised by inadequate maintenance.
  2. The link between maintenance programs and stakeholder requirements are lost.
  3. Overly risk-averse programs impede cost-effectiveness.

Notwithstanding these concerns, OEM maintenance strategies serve as a foundation to quickly build tailored maintenance programs. 

How does modla assess OEM recommendations?

Modla's platform provides business with an easy to use tool to assess OEM recommended strategies. Our asset models are built by industry and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to consider environmental conditions, operational context, and asset-specific attributes.

By incorporating business specific consequences of failure, the platform can produce an objective evaluation of your current maintenance strategy. The analysis produces cost and risk profiles tailored to each of your assets and its specific context. This allows businesses to compare their current or OEM recommended strategy against competing strategies such as a run to fail strategy or modla's optimised strategy (see Maintenance Strategy Optimisation). The analysis highlights maintenance inadequacies such as non-value adding tasks or tasks done too frequently. Ultimately, our platform allows you to critically review the applicability and value of your current maintenance program.