Inventory Manager: Chock Fleet Management




The Inventory Manager module includes many functions for managing the fleet of chocks and bearings.

The Chock Fleet Management Screen allows for easy and cost-effective scheduling of chocks/bearings maintenance. Management can define maintenance targets on the basis of:

  • Tonnage rolled since last maintenance;
  • Meterage rolled since last maintenance;
  • Hours in mill since last maintenance;
  • Elapsed (calendar) time since last maintenance.

Since the maintenance schedule can be based upon usage in the mill rather than merely elapsed time, only those chocks/bearings which have reached their target will be maintained. This results in substantial cost savings when compared to maintenance schedules which require all chocks to be maintained on a calendar basis (e.g. 6 monthly) regardless of actual usage.

Furthermore, managers can define both 'amber' and 'red' alarm states for maintenance targets. This ensures that chocks and bearings are removed from service before they reach the critical stage and that potential failure in the mill can be minimised.

Chocks and Bearings can be managed through their full life-cycle from purchase to scrap:

  • Added to stock;
  • Issued into service;
  • Scheduled for maintenance;
  • Removed from service for maintenance;
  • Removed from service owing to damage/wear;
  • Returned to service after maintenance, repair or refurbishment;
  • Scrapped.

Flexible filtering capabilities allow the chock fleet to be viewed by:

  • Chock Type;
  • Stand (legal chocks for a stand);
  • Tracking Status (e.g. available, built on roll, in mill, out of mill);
  • Flagged for maintenance;
  • Removed from service for maintenance;
  • Removed from service for repair or refurbishment.

The RMS provides comprehensive facilities for recording damaged events to chocks and bearings. Failure owing to damage in the mill, out of tolerance dimensions or poor condition can all be recorded. Rollshop personnel can quickly and easily remove a chock from service using the Report Damaged Chock Screen. Subsequently, managers may inspect the damage and order repair or refurbishment. When the Chock/Bearing is fit to return to service this may also be recorded together with new dimensions etc. Thus, full histories of damage events for chocks and bearings are maintained allowing for analysis of failure patterns and of component performance. This information can assist managers in adjusting maintenance targets and developing a preventative maintenance regime.

Reporting of Chock fleet data is provided by the MSW RMS Reporting Module. Reports include: Chock fleet by type; Chocks flagged for maintenance; Chocks out of service for maintenance; Maintenance history for a Chock; Roller Bearing performance; Bush/Sleeve performance etc.

Chocks Maintenance Targets Screen
Chock Fleet Management:
Setting Chocks Maintenance Targets
Remove Damaged Chock From Service Screen
Chock Fleet Management:
Removing Damaged Chock From Service
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