I Need My Equipment to Tell Me When It’s Hurt

The Automation on Maintenance

Imagine this: You have a work order software system that creates work orders without human intervention. How would this benefit your organization?

Let’s look at a couple of examples. Let’s say you have a building management system, or a production line automated by programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or some type of monitoring hardware. The data feeds into your work order management system, which applies intelligence to this data. When an event occurs that a certain rule identifies as an anomaly, the system automatically creates a work order containing the template information on what the problem is and how it needs to be corrected. The work order is then routed to the appropriate department for correction. The work order is completed, and the fault is documented. So, as a maintenance or reliability expert, how would this benefit you?

Let’s take a look at another example where such automation doesn’t exist. On one asset you have two failures that have the same failure code combination within a two-week period. How can a mechanic identify that this failure already happened last week? That mechanic would have to go into the work management system, pull up that equipment record, and look at the history to identify the problem. But what if the system kept track of these failures and automatically notified the mechanic that this is the same failure code combination?

As technology advances and CMMS or EAM evolves, the automation features improve. With the right asset management system in place you can add automation to your maintenance processes creating a more productive maintenance organization.

Are you implementing more automation into your maintenance processes? What efficiencies are you realizing? Please leave a comment to this post. I’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas.


Posted by Johnny Bofilios, Director, Global Asset Sustainability, Infor