The need for digitization in the field
An area where I see a lot of upside for improvement is optimizing maintenance by digitizing asset data collection. In my experience as a maintenance professional, there’s a huge focus on data collection, however it’s paper based. Paper logs get lost or are infrequently reviewed, and their actions rarely make it into the CMMS/EAM system for further action. Older handhelds are slow, not often connected to networks, and users have difficulty with their small fixed keyboards and low-resolution screens.
Based on a pulse of the webinar audience, we learned that:
1) 63% of the attendees mostly rely on paper forms
2) 60% of the attendees didn’t have sensors on at least half of their fleet of equipment
There’s a burgeoning realization that companies need to collect data in a way that not only reduces operator workload but helps them recognize and resolve plant issues quickly and efficiently. Digitizing field data collection from uncensored assets is a step can create a bridge to the connected plant. Leveraging modern computing devices for maintenance rounds provides operators and engineers with bright, easy-to-use screens, and intuitive and customizable interfaces with real-time connectivity to asset health information, enabling data driven decision making. This approach results in data being more consistent, accurate, and actionable and provides real-time feedback for maintenance planners. Some of the key outcomes I’ve seen first-hand include: increase in equipment availability, reduction in parts inventory, and reduction in reactive maintenance.