Thomas Boswell

Making Online Monitoring part of your maintenance strategy Part 3: When knowledge meets know-how

by Thomas Boswell

Over the past two issues of Know+How, we have been considering methods you can use to monitor and maintain your assets, and to achieve the key goals of any business: reduced maintenance costs, increased uptime, optimised efficiency and maximised productivity. We have also looked at how an holistic view of the data gathered will help you make more sense of – and better use of – all of it. Now, in this final part of the story, we are looking at how the information you want can provide the knowledge you need. And how know-how can turn that knowledge into the power to improve your operations.

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How to manage stock management

by Thomas Boswell

Stock management takes time, space and money. Done inefficiently, it takes too much time, takes up too much space, and costs too much money. So a Tier 1 automotive manufacturing facility – needing to accelerate access, maximise accuracy and optimise space – turned to ERIKS for a money-saving automated solution.

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Making Online Monitoring part of your maintenance strategy Part 2: Bringing it all together

by Thomas Boswell

In the previous issue of Know+How, we looked at how making Online Monitoring part of your maintenance strategy can deliver a range of benefits. These include reduced maintenance costs, increased uptime and efficiency, and optimised productivity. Here, we consider the importance of gaining an holistic view of your assets, to help you make a comprehensive and effective response to maintenance and repair issues.

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Making Online Monitoring part of your maintenance strategy

by Thomas Boswell

Part 1: Evolution, not revolution. It’s easy to promise a quick fix that reduces maintenance costs, increases uptime and efficiency, and optimises productivity. It’s much harder to make those things a reality. And anyway, in reality they’ll never be achieved with a quick fix. But using an iterative process, and with the right know-how, advice and support, making Online Monitoring part of your maintenance strategy can deliver those benefits worth waiting for.

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Smarter Asset Management with ERIKS

by Thomas Boswell

In asset management as in life: the more you know, the more you can do. And the sooner you know something, the better. We can't upgrade our brains. You can be smarter about your management of assets with ERIKS Smart Asset Management.

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Helping Your Assets Operate More Efficiently

by Thomas Boswell

You know only too well that “boots on the ground” are becoming harder and harder to come by. Especially if you want them to be worn by skilled maintenance engineers. Cost-cutting, the Nineties’ apprenticeship gap and an aging workforce have all contributed to a shortage of skilled manpower, compounded by ever more complex assets and systems demanding increasingly specialist skills. 

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Why a Preventative Maintenance Schedule Can Always be Relied on

by Thomas Boswell

The first task to achieve ‘No unplanned failures’ was to develop a strategic vision for reliability at the plant. Secondly, to develop an implementation plan. Lastly, to develop a reliability Best Practice document for their manufacturing group. The ultimate aims of this process would be to accelerate reliability-centred plant initiatives, mitigate risk exposure to critical spares gaps, increase productivity, obtain an insight into the assets’ status, and enable smarter replacement thanks to optimised monitoring.

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When TCO Means "Taking Care of Oil"

by Thomas Boswell

Many businesses believe that the only way to save time and money on lubrication is to outsource the task. It’s true that paying someone else to make regular rounds with an oil can or grease gun leaves engineers free for more important things with a greater influence on productivity.

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The Right Medicine

by Thomas Boswell

Profiting from the expertise of many internationally-renowned universities and research laboratories, pharmaceuticals manufacturing accounts for nearly ten per cent of all manufacturing in the UK, with exports worth up to £30 billion a year.

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Planning for Obsolescence

by Thomas Boswell

Obsolescence may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean its impact on productivity, reputation and costs is any less tangible. Being prepared and mitigating risks are the most effective ways of avoiding the more severe consequences of part obsolescence. 

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