2016 Product of the Year Finalists: Asset Management
Finalists in the Asset Management category for the Plant Engineering 2016 Product of the Year competition.
Electrical equipment management
The Tango Power Plant Mapper—a reliability information management tool for tablets and PCs—presents electrical workers with information about a plant's power distribution paths through panels and breakers to energized equipment. Technicians quickly determine which systems need to be de-energized in order to work on plant equipment, or other effected equipment when a circuit is de-energized. Power Plant Mapper is part of a dynamic cloud database with panel layouts, breaker types, sizes, and what load is connected. This tool is ideal for facilities where the accuracy of power distribution path and circuit breaker labeling is essential to operations and maintenance.
24/7 Systems Inc., www.tf7.com
MRO asset management
ATS Drive is a multi-faceted maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) asset management program. It identifies, defines, and integrates four pillars of MRO parts management: storeroom management, inventory management, repairable parts management, and supply chain and procurement. Each pillar is tailored to the customer’s needs and employed individually or in combination as an end-to-end solution. Drive maximizes operational efficiency by eliminating wasteful parts spending, increases machine life, uncovers production insights, reduces downtime, and improves manpower utilization. Using cutting-edge methods including failure analysis, value engineering, warranty management, and industrial-grade 3-D printing, Drive rethinks the nature of the discipline, taking it to a new level of productivity.
Advanced Technology Services Inc., www.advancedtech.com
Web-enabled data collection
The AR-C10 data collector is a multi-technology, web-enabled data collection device that combines vibration, infrared, ultrasound, non-contact vibration (OptiVibe), and sensory inspection measurements to offer users a bridge to better condition monitoring. In addition to multi-technology integration, the AR-C10 offers an intuitive user interface, a single source of data storage, alarm management and generation, flexible route-based machine condition monitoring, and enablement of a remote analysis/diagnostics model. Combining the AR-C10 and Allied's cloud-based Reliability Management System, users can easily integrate a condition monitoring program with existing investments in online hardware and ERPs such as SAP, Maximo, and Oracle.
Allied Reliability Group, www.alliedreliability.com
Asset management platform
The AMS ARES asset management platform collects asset data from field-based wired and wireless sensors and delivers information on only the most critical situations, enabling users to make well-informed decisions to maintain availability. Using modern communication tools, the platform delivers alerts to desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones—allowing operators and maintenance personnel to be aware of the performance of critical production assets at all times. The ARES Platform alerts to situations that need attention in relevant time so users can predict equipment failures, avoiding lost profits, production, and confidence in maintenance programs.
Remote asset management
The Infor EAM Transit app provides connectivity for users while they are out of the office or without a computer. The app ties into existing Infor EAM accounts, keeping all information synced and refreshed with the most up-to-date information. In the Infor EAM Transit app, users can view a list of work orders downloaded to the device, create new work orders, edit existing work orders, and close completed work orders. Administrators can view hours worked displays, which show the day's date and total hours worked. Data syncs can be done as a group or by user and the information can be downloaded for analysis and recordkeeping.
Automation asset management
FactoryTalk AssetCentre v7.0 software automates discovery and tracks the status of devices, network switches, and software on workstation computers across an entire facility or production operation. The software streamlines lifecycle management and helps decrease unplanned downtime. A modern production environment contains hundreds to thousands of assets. The FactoryTalk AssetCentre asset-inventory agent scans a network to discover hardware, firmware, and software information for assets active in the facility. The devices are then tracked in an active asset inventory. Ongoing tracking of updates provides a history of how a system has changed and potential hazards, such as workstation computers running unauthorized software.
Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
EMI management platform
FactoryTalk VantagePoint enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) v7.0 software provides access to manufacturing information faster than previous versions. The less time operators spend configuring systems, the more they can focus on how their plants are actually functioning. FactoryTalk VantagePoint software provides users a seamless way to access Logix-based data by providing a simple, guided workflow to store and visualize information. Everything from installation, configuration and visualization has been enhanced and consolidated—so users can interact with their Logix-based control data from their device of choice. The workflows enable authorized users to store and visualize specific data views and trends, and easily share these views with collaborators across the enterprise.
Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
Fatigue management software
WorkTech's Fatigue Management software provides enterprise capabilities to enable continuous workforce management while ensuring compliance, minimizing safety hazards and reducing the number of workplace incidents. Working with Circadian, WorkTech has the ability to capture the most granular work information, including geo-location data, from past and future shifts to determine the optimal worker for current and upcoming jobs. These capabilities promote worker productivity and safety while ensuring compliance with government, union, industry, and company regulations. Facilities benefit from Fatigue Management software with decreased worker turnover rates; increased morale and labor relations; decreased costs for worker medical care; and reduced risk of injury, environmental damage, and loss of assets.