Water Systems And Legionella

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Facilities managers and asset management tools are being called on to play a major role in reducing the spread of Legionnaires disease. With incidents on the rise, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine developed recommendations to manage Legionella in water systems. The guidelines call on facilities managers to monitor water heaters and water temps and create a cooling tower repository that tracks their locations and cleaning schedules. All of which can be done with an asset management solution like LLumin READYAsset.

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A recent report suggests a range of approaches can and should be used to better protect the public from Legionella bacteria.  

Will Smart Factories Remove the Need for Humans?

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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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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.  

How to Fit Artificial Intelligence into Manufacturing

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in many manufacturing areas from robotics on factory floors to predictive maintenance to prevent equipment downtime. However, AI is still a new technology. Companies lack expertise in its use, and they need to guarantee a return on investment (ROI). Rather than being widely embraced, the use of AI in most plants is gradually phased in in the form of testbeds and smaller projects. Such projects help prove out the technology for expanded use.

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What is holding up AI adoption, and where is it already in use?

Predictive Maintenance Requires Accurate Data

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Predictive maintenance of equipment based on artificial intelligence models holds great promise. An asset management system could alert a plant or facilities manager that a piece of equipment is about to fail. However, predictions are only as good as the data they are based on. A false alarm triggered by a lack of data or inaccurate data can lead to incorrect actions and additional costs. Bottom line: predictive maintenance will only be able to predict those problems for which it already has accurate data.

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  Although the machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that enable predictive maintenance are helpful, they’re only as helpful as they’re trained to be.  

DIU Brings Predictive Maintenance to the Navy

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The U.S. Navy is planning to use artificial intelligence-based predictive maintenance. The technology aims to eliminate unplanned downtime for critical shipboard systems powered by pumps and motors. Failure of such devices in a land-based plant or facility is disruptive enough. At sea, and in combat situations, breakdowns can endanger the crew. The initiative, which is headed by the Defense Innovation Unit, builds on previous Department of Defense AI-based predictive maintenance programs for the Army and Air Force.

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The Pentagon's innovation arm looks to expand predictive maintenance technology to Navy ships.

Asset tracking: Managing your CMMS

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CMMS is expanding from asset lifecycle management to asset performance management. To realize the benefits of such smart systems, it is important to keep in mind that ease of use is essential, given that more than 95% of CMMS data comes from human interaction. That includes administrators configuring and maintaining master data, maintenance managers adding maintenance plans and setting thresholds for machine operations and users contributing data on machine performance.

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Preventative maintenance is pro-active and is carefully designed to perform routine maintenance tasks at predetermined times to prevent asset failure. Planning a preventative maintenance schedule involves tracking data manually to determine when servicing needs to be performed. Using CMMS software can make it much less difficult than trying to do it manually. If your business...

The Importance Of Preventive Maintenance

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The Critical Role of CMMS in Preventive Maintenance - Preventive maintenance is a pro-active way to prevent asset failure and reduce downtime. Planning a preventative maintenance schedule involves tracking data manually to determine when servicing needs to be performed. Using CMMS software can make it much less difficult than trying to do it manually.

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Preventative maintenance is pro-active and is carefully designed to perform routine maintenance tasks at predetermined times to prevent asset failure. Planning a preventative maintenance schedule involves tracking data manually to determine when servicing needs to be performed. Using CMMS software can make it much less difficult than trying to do it manually.

Is it Prime Time for Predictive Technology in MRO?

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Facilities are still sorting out the current value of predictive analytics in regards to maintenance, repair and operations (MRO). It turns out the key to success is having current asset data to complement historical data.

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The past few years have seen growing adoption of predictive analytics within the supply chain, but maintenance, repair and operations may not be the right place just yet.

Warehouse Execution Systems Can Unlock the Potential of Automation Assets

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With warehouse execution systems, workflows can be adapted on the fly. This achieves greater efficiency by harnessing the data collected through automation and marrying it with employee operations. No longer do bottlenecks in one part of the line hold up workers in another part of the line. Employees can be redeployed based on real-time needs. These are reported by automated systems to keep human and mechanical operations moving smoothly.

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A WES can help with talent retention by making employees’ work more productive and fulfilling.