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Webinar Explores Food and Beverage Manufacturing Challenges from a Manufacturer’s Perspective

There are two parts to every customer case study; challenges and a solution. SunnyD, a user of LLumin operations software for more than a decade, will speak to both in a one-hour webinar on April 7 at 1 pm EST. Register now to hear from the popular beverage manufacturer first-hand.  In short, SunnyD, formerly known as Sunny Delight, uses LLumin to keep manufacturing lines humming, while handling safety and regulatory compliance. Like most everyone in the manufacturing industry, the key to surviving and thriving is minimizing machine and production downtime. Downtime is big money in any business, with an hour...

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...

Why Asset-Heavy Manufacturers Must Make Better Use IoT Data

In manufacturing plants, a high-performing, reliable asset base is critical. Maintenance staff must keep machines running and operating at peak efficiency. They can achieve this by using the data available to repair machines and systems before they break down and to fine-tune performance while they are running. That’s where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in. Manufacturing is the industry that spent the most on IoT this year. IoT spending among manufacturers is largely focused on solutions that support manufacturing operations and production asset management. And for a good reason. IoT can deliver significant benefits by providing real-time status information...

What’s the Difference Between Preventive, Proactive, and Predictive Maintenance?

Downtime in a plant or facility leads to lost productivity. It disrupts operations, causes maintenance staff to divert time from scheduled projects, and can have significant negative business implications, including lost revenue, significant unplanned expenses, missed deadlines and damage to a company’s reputation. To avoid these problems, manufacturers and facility and plant managers are moving away from traditional maintenance methods where you wait for something to break, and then you fix it. Reactive approaches like this result in disruptions and unplanned downtime. A better approach is preventive maintenance, which is a routine for periodically inspecting equipment with the goal of...

Water Systems And Legionella

LLumin's Insight

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.  

How Can READYTrak and READYAsset help your Supply Chain?

Asset tracking in supply chains is undergoing many changes that promise to deliver new benefits. Traditional asset tracking technologies like barcode and RFID ID are being supplemented or replaced with IOT enabled tracking methodologies. These new Internet of Things (IoT) devices can provide real-time tracking, as well as information on the condition of items in the field or in transit. Specifically, tracking tags and sensors can provide real-time location data about goods in transit or sitting in a warehouse. Additionally, some sensors can collect temperature and pressure data, or whether packaging is damaged. Unfortunately, many companies that use such sensors...

The Value of Retaining Institutional Knowledge in Today’s Industrial Workplace

Today’s workplaces are dynamic. Workers come and go. When that happens, the experiences they’ve built up go also. The key is to retain the knowledge they have gained and keep it for others to use. How important is this issue? On average, about 20% of a company’s staff leaves in a given year. The numbers have steadily grown over the last five years. And more workers are expected to leave the workforce in the near future as about 10,000 Baby Boomers will reach the age of 65 every day for the next 15 years. Employees leaving for a different job...