2011 POY Finalists: Maintenance Software
Finalists in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Tango Mobile is software for smartphones that allows plant personnel and managers to retrieve information about plant equipment stored through Tango Reliability Information Management. Tango QR codes can be installed on equipment by plant personnel, contractors, or repair vendors, and then quickly scanned with Tango Mobile to instantly view condition monitoring history, equipment repair history, equipment design details, and linked documents. Authorized users may also connect to the plant’s Tango database, triggering several actions to enter condition status information, search for replacements in the inventory, and enter condition information.
TabSource is designed to streamline the bid management process for buyers assimilating bid materials, eliminate buyer time spent entering supplier bid information, and ensure uniformity of bid information relayed to all suppliers. The software shifts the burden of data entry and bid accuracy to suppliers; e-mails RFQ availability for bid, supplier questions and answers, and late bid notices and award/loss notifications; and allows suppliers to upload their bids and attached documents. TabSource also allows suppliers to enter base cost and ancillary costs, provides one Login ID for suppliers who support multiple locations, and eliminates unsolicited proposals.
ExpertALERT 3.50 gives manufacturers the ability to improve plant performance by better prioritizing machine repairs while remaining focused on reliability and uptime priorities based on the ability to more rapidly collect and process data and access accurate results. The assessment software provides critical machinery health information in place of just vibration data, by rapidly screening vibration measurements and applying thousands of unique rules to identify individual faults in a wide variety of machine types. The automated machinery condition assessment system can process hundreds of vibration measurements in just a few minutes.
Maintenance Performance Index is an exclusive feature of EAM/CMMS that enables each organization to prioritize its maintenance metrics consistent with its goals and objectives. The index is comprised of general performance categories such as reliability, workforce productivity, materials management, customer service, and financial performance. Within each category, several common metrics have been defined for which the organization may identify its target value. Through a series of calculations, a composite MPI is calculated that can range from zero to 100, for exceptional achievement.
PROACTOnDemandsm is a Software-as-a-Service version of the PROACT RCA Software application. With PROACTOnDemandsm the user has instant access to PROACT RCA application and templates for immediate analysis. The application accommodates most common root cause analysis methods and does not require lawyers, IT departments, or other software. PROACTOnDemand allows users to collaborate and produce unlimited RCA logic trees in real time rendering and enables customers to immediately gain the benefit of PROACT RCA software without significant start-up costs and training. PROACTOnDemand can be accessed anytime with standard Web browsing using IE 6+ or MAC PC Boot Camp.
LUBE-IT provides a clear and easy-to-use interface giving maintenance personnel a comprehensive view of all lubrication activities, schedules, and workloads. By simplifying a typically cumbersome process, LUBE-IT streamlines the creation of optimum lubrication routes and schedules. Each week, the software generates a dynamic list of pertinent tasks for each route so lubrication responsibilities of individuals are always clear and known. These lists can be printed or synchronized to mobile devices and contain complete details about each lube point, including precise location and the quantity and type of lubricant to be applied.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.