Revealing The Asset Pyramid


When we work with customers in helping them to manage and maintain their assets we often find that it is particularly useful visualising the process. Anyone familiar with EPM’s assetmatrix will know that the whole process of planned maintenance can be simply and quickly summarised by viewing this matrix:

  • What assets do you have?
  • What needs to be done?
  • Who needs to do it?
  • When should it be done?

This is then formulated into an asset maintenance strategy.

To follow on from the asset matrix we have now developed the asset pyramid, which is a simple way of seeing how the number assigned to an asset links to a variety of different areas of asset strategy implementation. These various elements all feed into each other and one can’t exist without the other.

The asset pyramid is made up of three key elements – CMMS, identification, and documentation.

Firstly, CMMS or Computerised Maintenance Management Software holds all the information about an asset with each asset being allocated its unique number within the asset register. This provides the essential detail to help ensure good implementation of the areas highlighted in the asset matrix.

Following on from the asset register where the number is allocated the asset needs to be physically identified using its number. This can be achieved in a number of ways from RF tags to simple labelling.

Finally, all written documentation should utilise the asset number to ensure quick and easy location of an asset.