AICARM

Why AICARM?

WQMS has developed the AICARM (Asset Inspection, Condition Analysis and Repair Management) system in order to address all of the issues we have identified as problems and removed the barriers to improvement by provide a robust, practical and easy to use welding management framework. AICARM demystifies the weld repair management process, so that there is no need for reliance on welding experts for most of the weld repairs of cracking. At its core, AICARM is a comprehensive suite of training, site procedures, technical support, QA documentation and welder competency for weld repair management of heavy equipment. AICARM has been specifically designed to address the needs and challenges of the mining industry, and fully integrates into existing workflows and supports all existing roles. AICARM has been built on the basis of fundamental metallurgical principles relating to fatigue cracking and optimised repair welding, combined with practical welding expertise and in depth experience of equipment cracking. 

The table below provides a brief overview of the benefits of implementing the AICARM system. We have also provided a simple estimating tool that attempts to quantify the benefits in terms of % of maintenance budget and asset availability  – see www.wqms.com.au/benefits

 

Current StateUsing AICARM
Short TermPoor quality repairs with defectsRe-cracking prevented
Rapid re-cracking of repairsReturned to original condition or better
Medium TermIncreased inspection costsReduced inspection costs
Multiple repairs in the same region leading to extra crackingLess cracking to repair during planned maintenance. Better repair management. Less downtime
Snowballing workload for repairs as new cracks appear
More urgent and out of schedule repairs
Unable to repair all cracks within planned maintenance
Increased maintenance costsReduced maintenance costs
Increased risk of failures
Long TermReduced asset availability/productivityIncreased asset availability/productivity
Reduced overall effective asset lifeExtended asset life

AICARM™ – Asset Inspection, Condition ANALYSIS and Repair management

WQMS has developed the AICARM (Asset Inspection, Condition Analysis and Repair Management) system in order to address all of the issues that the mining industry experiences with crack repair management. It provides a robust, practical and easy to use welding management framework. AICARM demystifies the weld repair management process, so that there is no need for reliance on welding experts for most of the weld repairs of cracking. At its core, AICARM is a comprehensive suite of training, site procedures, technical support, QA documentation and welder competency for weld repair management of heavy equipment. AICARM has been specifically designed to address the needs and challenges of the mining industry, and fully integrates into existing workflows and supports all existing roles. AICARM has been built on the basis of fundamental metallurgical principles relating to fatigue cracking and optimised repair welding, combined with practical welding expertise and in depth experience of equipment cracking. 

AICARM makes it easier for welding repair management by

a) Providing a Crack Data System which allows improved crack assessment and repair management

b) Providing standardised condition assessment based on crack size thresholds

c) Providing repair management documentation for planning, execution, QA and traceability. 

d) Providing a Welder Competency assessment and management system. 

e) Providing a means for assigning welders who are competent for the requirements of the repair.

e) Standardising and simplifying the technical repair documentation and management to be less reliant on external advice and contractors

f) Empowering site personnel and supervisors to be able to confidently manage and inspect weld repairs

This also has benefits for the management of welding contractors by 

  • Providing a guarantee of welder ability via the Welder Competency system
  • Minimising variation in repair methods and outcomes between contractors
  • Establishing a common benchmark so that Welding Contractors know what the expectations are in terms of repair procedure and quality requirements

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