Operator Driven Reliability for Food and Beverage Production

beverage and food operator driven reliability
Operator Driven Reliability (ODR) for the food and beverage industry involves maintenance practices that are owned, managed, and performed by operators. ODR encompasses the maintenance activities that beverage or food operators perform, and their interaction with maintenance and other organization departments that impact plant-wide reliability. These practices tend to be preventive and are undertaken to optimize equipment life cycle costs by identifying opportunities for reliability improvement.

Process operators typically interface with maintenance by requesting maintenance support to investigate and correct suspect conditions that they have detected (usually by subjective means). Beverage and food operators also become involved in maintenance through their participation in reliability-related activities such as root cause failure analysis (RCFA) or maintenance strategy review processes.

A prime objective of food and beverage operator involvement in maintenance is improvement of an equipment support strategy. Their involvement ensures that operations' staff understands and fulfils their role in ensuring plant-wide reliability.

SKF has been a pioneer in Operator Driven Reliability field for over a decade and has a range of products and services to effectively deliver this initiative. This complies with food safety standards and regulations by providing the ability to track and record assets events and inspections.
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