Wouldn’t it be useful to know precisely how much time and resource should be applied to each of your assets? With Asset Criticality, organizations are able to rate assets to determine how critical each piece of equipment is to areas such as safety, product quality, customer issues, environmental issues, and production. During this 40 minute recorded session, guest speaker Terry Harris from Reliable Process Solutions LLC provides an overview of Asset Criticality and Risk RankingRead More
Watching the news about the recent storms in the Midwest and Northeast got me thinking about the impact weather has on our lives and our surroundings. We all know that preparing for weather events is critical, but many times you just want to get through the event, not optimally sustain your environment. Yet sometimes you take overkill measures to avoid the most extreme dangers, such as stocking up food for a month as a blizzard approachesRead More
For the past 15 years, I’ve been living and breathing maintenance in a variety of management, consulting, and sales roles. I’ve certainly witnessed the evolution of technology throughout the years; however, there are some things that have remained the same. What hasn’t changed? The way executives view their maintenance department, which can oftentimes be as a cost center. It seems the only time maintenance gets noticed is when a piece of equipment is down andRead More
In terms of energy asset management, companies collect data from energy systems across the entire organization. This data is then evaluated by management so that the efficiency of the systems can be classified and measures taken to improve energy use.
To say that there’s a lot of interest in cloud computing today is probably a gross understatement. Both Forrester Research and Gartner are predicting that more than 40% of companies will get most of their software from the cloud by 2015, up from 3% today. This represents a 1,400% increase in just four years. So what’s driving this rapid adoption of the cloud? The best analogy might come from the past. At the turn of the last century, everyRead More
eMaint invites guest speakers to present at our popular Best Practices webinars, so why not have them give their two cents on our blog as well. It is our hope to feature a guest blogger, whether it’s an industry professional or an eMaint employee, each month. Feel free to suggest topics you’d like to have discussed or let us know how useful these blog posts are. The Hardhead of a Maintenance Man This may beRead More
EAM, or enterprise asset management, involves the management of an organization’s physical assets, capital, as well as its back office system. This basically translates into the management of all processes of an organization including manufacturing, inventory, shipping, distribution, and logistics.
The best way to get fit and stay fit is to maintain an exercise regimen and eat less junk. The same is true for your plant and equipment. By implementing a planned maintenance program and identifying maintenance waste items, you can create an environment where lean maintenance and lean manufacturing coexist. In the long run, you could improve reliability, realize significant gains in process efficiencies, and reduce the costs of maintenance activities. Read how oneRead More
In case you missed the announcement, the Infor EAM Customer Forum 2011 will be held in Greenville, South Carolina, November 7–10, 2011. That’s right, Greenville, SC—the world center for all things Infor EAM (formerly Datastream). Join us at the largest gathering of EAM users and product experts, and participate in over 80 hours of sessions dedicated to EAM. Take advantage of the hands-on lab, which will be open during the entire conference. If you’re an Infor EAMRead More
I’m a Weather Channel junkie…I’m fascinated by weather in general and how it affects our lives, every day, all around the globe. What’s even more fascinating to me is how the meteorologists are able to accurately (well, almost always) predict weather conditions for nearly every corner of our planet, days—sometimes weeks—in advance. Thousands of years ago, people simply watched the sky to determine weather patterns. As the centuries progressed, so did meteorological technology. Now armedRead More
Driven by the desire to improve its energy efficiency and condition monitoring, a wastewater reclamation authority embarked on a project to integrate its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and enterprise asset management (EAM) applications to enable that objective. Read the full Plant Services article now in this installment of What Works to see how this facility improves energy efficiency and condition monitoring.
Companies are realizing that it’s no longer enough just to monitor assets. The time has come to proactively detect problems and drive corrective actions, as well as factor energy into maintenance plans, in order to stay competitive and grow. But how does an enterprise asset management (EAM) solution actually work on the shop floor to help reduce energy consumption and costs and keep your plant operating at its maximum efficiency? Take this interactive tourRead More
In 2009, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced that it had selected Infor EAM Enterprise Edition to help reduce costs and increase productivity and became yet another in the growing number of success stories Infor has to share. CTA, the nation’s second-largest public transit agency, provides transportation for the City of Chicago and its 40 surrounding suburbs and will be using Infor’s EAM solution to determine optimum performance and maintenance levels on its more than 200Read More
You already know about ISO standards—the standards that many companies try to meet in order to improve their business, quality, and service. Later this year, ISO will publish a new global standard for energy management: ISO 50001. ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and utilities to manage energy. In fact, it’s estimated that the ISO 50001 standard may influence over 60% of all energy produced and consumed in the world.Read More
Retailers are just like you and me when it comes to monitoring and reducing energy consumption. We’re always looking for ways to cut energy costs and improve energy efficiency in our homes. However, generally unlike our homes, lighting in commercial buildings is the largest energy drain and can account for over 35% of a business’ energy use. That means any reduction in their energy costs can amount to a big boost to the bottom line.Read More
Business owners can now use latest GPS innovations and GPS monitoring systems to help keep track of their enterprise assets. GPS (Global Positioning System) originally developed for military applications became available for civilian navigational use since the year 1995.
Guest post by Sylvelie Franke, Director Marketing, Strategic Solutions, Infor EAM Asset management has been around for decades and is now considered a mature industry. But, that’s all changing with the evolution—transition, if you like—of the technology and the inclusion of energy, automation, and business intelligence (BI) to really have an impact on your operational, financial, and energy efficiency performance. Infor’s John Murphy, director of Solutions Management, sat down with the editor from Manufacturing BusinessRead More
In this day of uncertainty, people often gravitate toward anything that offers stability, dependability, and consistency—in personal relationships, institutions, or investments. We then use these as a foundation for creating our opinions, thoughts, and actions in the foreseeable future. We’re constantly on a quest for reliability. Those instinctual behaviors that drive our daily lives should also be second nature to us when we’re managing our assets. But many enterprises still manage assets as if they never degrade,Read More
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 eventRead More
How much time do your technicians spend diagnosing problems vs. fixing them? When your expert techs retire, how will you capture and pass along their knowledge to the new workforce? What are you doing today to build a knowledge base of answers? Over the past few years there have been discussions about labor shortages in the engineering and maintenance space. As the current labor engineering and technical workforce retires, a new pool of engineering andRead More
You and I feel it at the gas pump and in our heating bills. The skyrocketing costs of fuel and energy have all of us looking for ways to cut back on these expenses. And it’s hitting industry just as hard as it is our families. Many organizations are starting to take measures to reduce their energy consumption, but in many cases these attempts are often limited in what they can achieve. Most companies startRead More
What person is responsible for managing the costs and communications associated with your company’s energy consumption? Most likely it’s a number of departments: purchasing, responsible for securing energy and initiating tax rebates; HR, which manages internal communications to current and new employees; and investor relations, involved in CO2 emissions disclosers to investors and other external organizations. It’s also very likely that all of these departments report to your company’s CFO. But a current survey conductedRead More
Great turnout for the first day at the National Facility Management and Technology Expo (NFMT) Conference. I reunited with colleagues and saw a lot of familiar faces. If you’ve ever attended maintenance shows or joined maintenance organizations, you’ll recognize one person from SkillTV.net: Joel Leonard. I always enjoy hearing him share his interesting maintenance stories. Being a maintenance professional myself and sharing best practices and some of my own experiences, I find it exciting as well as educationalRead More
Day two at National Facility Management and Technology Expo (NFMT) Conference features the Solutions Exchange. It’s composed of many tables representing different discussion topics. Each discussion lasts for about 20 minutes. Once the time is up at one table, participants move to a new table and discussion topic. Infor sponsored the topic “Energy Reduction at Your Facility.” The discussion centered on how organizations can address the single biggest cost element when managing their assets. The attendees learnedRead More