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Mobilizing Your Maintenance Management Workforce to Minimize Downtime

With companies across vertical industries seeking predictive maintenance to minimize costly machine and production downtime in industrial manufacturing, interest in enabling a mobile workforce is climbing quickly. Providing maintenance staff access to your data from a smartphone or tablet lets them stay on top of issues at any time of day, from any location. The difference between expensive problems and smooth maintenance resolution can be just a matter of minutes.  In fact, the average cost of downtime across all businesses is roughly $260,000 per hour. That's according to Aberdeen Group, a research and consulting firm. The answer? Provide your maintenance...

READYAsset Increases Plant Run Time Above 99% and Pays For Itself In Under 3-Years

LLumin's Insight

LLumin is excited to be featured in Rockwell Automation's The Journal Magazine where Red Cedar Gathering, reports in a 5-page spread, that LLumin's READYAsset is used for predictive and preventive maintenance and to track materials. The software has increased its energy plant's run time above 99% and paid for itself in less than 3 years.

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Red Cedar Gathering uses the asset management to do predictive and preventive maintenance by monitoring and analyzing historical and real-time data such as temperatures and pressures. “The additional data helps us keep a close eye on the condition of the equipment,” says Velasquez. “We now proactively measure the condition of our equipment and set historical and condition-based rules. We record machine data to see the condition of our equipment and use preset rules to identify out-of-spec conditions.” “We can also now analyze the data and optimize the treating capabilities. We keep tighter thresholds on temperatures now and have a more...

Selecting a CMMS: Stepping Up Your Public Asset Management Game

LLumin's Insight

Municipal water utilities are made up of assets, including pipes, valves, tanks, pumps, wells, hydrants, treatment facilities and other components. To effectively manage such public assets, you need to know what they are and where they are located. Decision making to manage such assets requires data collection, data management and analysis. The Water Finance Research Foundation says that municipal utilities that move from paper-based systems to computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) can realize an estimated 12 to 18 percent cost savings.

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A water utility strives to progress along a cost savings path moving from paper-based reactive work orders to a planned maintenance strategy using a CMMS to gain an estimated 12 to 18 percent cost savings.  

Will Smart Factories Remove the Need for Humans?

LLumin's Insight

Fully autonomous factories are in sight as manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technologies. Does this spell the end for human maintenance staff? Not likely. Many companies are moving to approaches that blend human and artificial intelligence, where humans and smart systems work together to keep plants running. An excellent example of this type of collaboration is a worker taking guidance, on what to fix and when, from an asset management system that triggers predictive maintenance alerts when it detects a problem in the making.

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The implementation of Industry 4.0 tech may increase the likelihood of fully autonomous factories, but it isn't the end for human workers on the shop floor.  

How Automated Workflows Improve Incident Reporting Compliance

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LLumin's Insight

For years, manufacturers have submitted OSHA 300A forms covering work-related injuries and illnesses. Last year, OSHA required businesses to submit them digitally. Manufacturers that tracked such processes on paper needed to make a change. A smart way to transition is to make reporting part of a broader safety compliance effort based on a materials tracking and inventory management solution such as LLumin’s READYTrak, which can help ensure the enforcement and automatic documentation of compliance processes.

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Last July, OSHA began to require U.S. businesses to submit their 300A forms digitally.  

Marrying Asset Management with Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) allows users to enhance their field of view with real-time superimposed digital information. The technology is now being more widely used in maintenance and repair operations, and its value is enhanced when complemented with data and historical knowledge from asset management systems. Using AR in maintenance and repair allows technicians to receive information about specific assets instantly. Similar to the way a person can use different monitors and projection devices to view data, an AR system would take data (in this case from an asset management system) and project it onto goggles or camera-enabled mobile devices for...