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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...

Minimize Downtime and Reduce Inventory Cost by Optimizing Spare Part Availability

The lack of a spare part for one of the machines in your plant can lead to downtime. If a critical part is not in stock, the plant runs the risk of extended downtime from equipment failure. However, inventory is expensive. If a company is overstocked and has too many spare parts, it is overpaying for storage, and the parts may become obsolete as manufacturers update their lines. How do you find the right balance? With legacy equipment, a preventive maintenance approach could help provide that equilibrium between having too many parts sitting in stock rooms and not having a...

Overcoming the Knowledge Gap

LLumin's Insight

Every plant has that one person (or two or three people) who can look at data or metrics about a piece of equipment and spot problems before they happened. Unfortunately, many skilled workers are now leaving the workforce, taking with them essential expertise. The solution is to look at an expert system that can help capture institutional knowledge and suggest actions when certain conditions are detected.

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After years of working with customers to implement software and systems that gather data, I’ve noticed the process is often implemented backward.

Top Safety Concerns in the Manufacturing Industry

LLumin's Insight

With high-speed industrial equipment running all the time and with materials that can be flammable, irritating to the skin, or toxic, manufacturing plants must always guard against industrial accidents. Two of the top safety concerns are poor maintenance and under-trained employees. A way to ensure safeguarding of your employees is to ensure equipment is optimally maintained and staff safely uses and manages materials.

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Exposed wires, fatigued workers, poorly maintained equipment. Manufacturing facilities are riddled with risks, both hidden and out in the open. If you don’t know where to begin looking, such hazards can result in serious injury or death.

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...

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.  

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.  

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.  

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