Check out the articles below for your monthly dose of interesting and informative maintenance news from around the industry.
Maintenance news from around the world
The Future of Factories (Andy Coussins, TechNative)
The need for manufacturers to stay competitive by raising productivity is growing by the day. The companies that will ultimately succeed are those that can apply technology to build higher quality products, faster, and with features that consumers don’t even realize they need. Within the factory walls, employees expect safety, high availability of equipment, and efficiency. This article examines how the factory of tomorrow will have to balance all these considerations, how maintenance technology will be the thread that ties them together, and how organizations are beginning to take steps toward this bright, new future.
How enterprise asset management is helping unravel mysteries of the universe at CERN (Andrew Ross, Information Age)
The tools built and housed at CERN are used to prove theories about the origins of the universe and are some of the most complex machines ever built. While the scientists leading the project are usually the ones in the spotlight, there is also an army of maintenance personnel doing essential, behind-the-scenes work to make the massive undertaking a success. This article takes a look at how the maintenance team at CERN looks after 700 buildings and thousands of pieces of technical infrastructure at the research facility.
The future of manufacturing is smart, secure and stable (Erik Josefsson, Ericsson.com)
Today’s manufacturers know that staying competitive requires integrated and adaptable processes and production lines to enable faster configuration and shorter lead times. It also needs to come without compromising safety or quality. Finding a way to accomplish these goals is a huge puzzle, but the Internet of Things (IoT) might just be the answer for manufacturers. This piece looks at the importance of connected devices at production facilities and how new technologies like 5G networks can increase competitiveness and efficiency for smart manufacturing, maintenance, and quality control.
Maintenance news from Fiix
Technology is supposed to help you hit your KPIs, put everyone on the same page, modernize your team, and move the business forward. But it often doesn’t do any of that. Instead, 84% of new technology projects never pass the testing phase. CMMS software is no different. Many organizations find it difficult to scale a CMMS and, as a result, never get the return on investment they’re looking for. This blog post explores best practices for expanding a CMMS pilot project, including common reasons for getting stuck and how to get around them.
There are very few modern processes that don’t benefit from a good checklist— basic car maintenance? Yep. Packing for a trip? For sure! Boiling an egg? Yes, even that. If these relatively simple tasks can benefit from a checklist, then so can your (much more complex!) preventive maintenance plan. A checklist gets all the steps and information out of a manual and into the hands of experienced technicians by standardizing PMs in your CMMS. This guide will lead you through how to create PM checklists to make your maintenance team more efficient, cost-effective, and safe.
Fiix was recently ranked as one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies on two distinguished lists. For the second year in a row, Fiix was ranked on the Growth 500 list. The ranking is produced by Canadian Business, and ranks the country’s most successful businesses based on five-year revenue growth. Fiix placed 47th on the Growth 500 list, moving up sixteen spots from 2018. The company also placed No. 103 on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies, earning the spot with a three-year growth of more than 400%.
In August, Fiix announced its acquisition of Alchemy IoT, an industrial asset intelligence company. The acquisition makes Fiix the first CMMS vendor to bring true AI-driven predictive maintenance to the market by combining Fiix’s smart asset management solution and Alchemy’s machine learning software. The addition of Alchemy’s patented asset health monitor will extend Fiix’s innovative maintenance platform to include real-time, AI-driven asset health and anomaly detection. Following closely on the launch of Fiix’s new Integration Hub, this announcement shows the CMMS software provider is leading the market by enabling condition-based and predictive maintenance capabilities for its customer base.