Manufacturing EAM 

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Introduction 

The current environment for manufacturing requires a safe and productive plant environment where employees, machinery and technology interact seamlessly. A foundation for these interactions is a modern asset management platform and simple service request capability across the enterprise. The common denominator for plant safety, compliance and productivity is properly maintained and managed manufacturing assets. 

Full life-cycle plant asset management can no longer be properly achieved using old, legacy technologies. 

The growing strategic role along with the cost and visibility of manufacturing operations demand a modern, cloud-based alternative to legacy solutions. Nuvolo’s cloud-based Enterprise Asset Management platform is uniquely qualified to meet the requirements of a contemporary manufacturing organization. 

Use of antiquated EAM and CMMS solutions leaves plant and manufacturing leaders shackled to decades-old technology, support and product improvement models. These antiquated solutions are expensive, constraining and unresponsive to the rapidly evolving set of modern plant and equipment productivity, safety and compliance demands facing the enterprise. By contrast, cloud-based platforms offer maturity, simplicity, mobility and the ability to add or change forms, fields and workflow in real time. Modern alternatives also represent a fraction of the total cost of legacy EAM and CMMS solutions. 

Improving safety, compliance and plant productivity and uptime are prerequisites for a modern manufacturing environment. Well managed and compliant plant asset management ensures that the manufacturing environment operates at peak performance with less unplanned downtime and an extended useful life for expensive plant assets. These outcomes are enabled through adoption of a modern asset management platform. Success is measured in improved plant reliability and availability and lower service management costs in an environment where manufacturing assets are safe, operational and compliant. To achieve optimal performance and meaningful organizational flexibility over time requires a commitment to re-platform.

Modern Plant Asset Management 

Legacy EAM and CMMS platforms result in capability, flexibility, compliance and reporting gaps for plant operations leadership. Modern-day transformation is achieved only with the adoption of a mature, cloud-based solution for better work order, safety, compliance and plant productivity management. 

Modern platforms lower plant and equipment capital and operating expenses and enable substantially improved supplier accountability and responsiveness.

 Achieving these operating objectives is especially important for many manufacturers expanding over the last last ten years via merger, acquisition and consolidation. This type of inorganic growth results in multiple, disparate manufacturing asset management systems being operational in the environment. The nature of legacy EAM and CMMS systems do not lend themselves favorably to enterprise consolidation. The result is higher costs, reduced visibility, redundant suppliers and lower compliance. Modern, cloud-based platforms were engineered to enable consolidation and establish a single, authoritative system of record for all enterprise plant assets.

Smart Manufacturing 

The business need for transformation through a modern platform accelerates with the proliferation of smart manufacturing plants and more connected plant assets. Smart factories are better equipped to respond to change and deliver faster time to market. 

The key to smart manufacturing is the ability to use data to drive productivity and innovation. Modern manufacturing leadership understands the growing importance of data and analytics in managing the plant environment. 

Enterprise systems integration and proper data capture matter more today than ever before. The goal is to bring manufacturing intelligence into the process of optimizing plant productivity and safety. 

Standard planned maintenance scheduling is based on the manufacturer-specified time interval often independent of utilization or conformance with specified utilization or safety thresholds for plant assets. Best practice is to perform service on a scheduled interval or when an asset requires corrective maintenance. In a smart built environment, better, faster and more cost-effective service management is achievable. Smart connected assets, integration and expanded plant-specific monitoring systems create visibility and enable more automated outcomes for service delivery teams. If a temperature reading is outside the manufacturer-specified threshold for three straight days and there is limited or no visibility, the likely outcome is expensive and unproductive corrective maintenance. Alternatively, the plant management system may provide a generic notification, but no work order is created and no action is taken. This is data with no outcome or operational impact. 

Modern platforms use integration and data to deliver specified outcomes. The future will be defined by an ever growing ecosystem of smart manufacturing assets, more capable plant management systems, expanded data capture, threshold-based work order generation and more proactive, less costly plant and equipment service management. Legacy EAM and CMMS, proprietary OEM-based systems and multiple sources of truth for plant assets are a detriment to the organization. Modern EAM platforms for manufacturers capture and act on operational data from sources native to the platform or available through simple integrations. Capturing the data alone is not enough. Real-time creation of rules, thresholds, internal and external notifications, dashboards, mobile support, interactive real-time reporting, analytics and trending and a safer plant environment are achievable in a new platform. These outcomes will elude plant leadership who choose to maintain a commitment to legacy EAM and CMMS.

Nuvolo understands the value of data that is captured and processed to fix or service plant assets before they break and to provide visibility and awareness. Keeping plant equipment running is substantially less expensive and impactful than servicing it after it is broken. The desired outcome is lower fault counts, reduced down time, improved safety and compliance and reduced cost for equipment, parts and service. The Nuvolo platform was engineered from the ground up to capture and act on aggregated plant operations data for improved service management.

External Supplier Rationalization 

A modern platform and proper plant asset management improves revenue, profitability and product and service quality for manufacturers. Common practice for plant service management is utilization of both internal and external suppliers and vendor resources. The challenge with using external suppliers and vendors is that the work order management and reporting systems for third-party organizations are disparate, and no integration exists with the enterprise platform. 

Legacy EAM and CMMS solutions are not engineered to support a single enterprise platform for internal and external suppliers. Supplier rationalization is difficult if not impossible. 

Modern platforms utilize the cloud to support anywhere and anytime availability and roles-based access control to determine precisely who has access to what in the platform all the way down to the field and data level. This gives plant leadership a single standardized approach for work order management that is fully extensible for all external vendors and suppliers. No more disparate field service reports, manual invoicing and piles of paper and manual processes for external suppliers and vendors. In the new paradigm, everyone does work orders precisely the same way in a single platform. External suppliers have access only to what is permitted by the enterprise. For large global suppliers unwilling to conform, integration is simple, seamless and efficient. 

In addition to increased automation and internal cost savings, the enterprise has access to uniform operating data for plant asset management and an enormous increase in external supplier accountability. Traditional systems and processes are intensely paper-driven, inefficient and costly. Nuvolo provides a simple way to manage and track the work, performance and costs associated with using external suppliers and vendors in precisely the same manner as it is done for internal service delivery resources.

Transformation Strategies 

Most legacy EAM and CMMS systems are outdated and lack the capability, flexibility and innovation that modern manufacturers need to operate their plant environments effectively. Because these legacy platforms have been in the environment for ten, fifteen or even twenty years does not make them good; it just makes them old. A transformation strategy begins with the commitment to replace outdated legacy platforms. At the same time, Nuvolo understands that transformation must be holistic and include a simple user experience to drive adoption, utilization and meaningful data capture. 

The plant operations teams and broader organization benefit from the availability, scalability, security and performance of the cloud. 

The constraints of internal IT infrastructure, access, security and performance issues no longer exist. A web browser or mobile device is all that is needed. Effective work order execution requires robust mobile capability, both online and offline for engineers and technicians. Detailed dashboards, reporting and analytics created or changed in real time benefit the team and the organization. All of this is built on the world’s leading enterprise cloud platform, which supports almost four thousand enterprise customers globally. Maturity, capability and reliability are the hallmarks of the Nuvolo platform. Responsible transformation also means connecting systems together. The ability to integrate easily with ERP, parts, financial and procurement systems extends the value of our platform beyond comprehensive asset management.

Simplified User Adoption 

When it comes to a modern platform, providers need to deliver more than just the cloud. Long-term benefits result from a simple user experience and an extensible platform to meet the fast-changing needs of a modern manufacturing environment. 

Flexibility for change includes both process and technology. 

As new process requirements evolve or technology needs change, the platform must be able to adapt quickly without enormous custom development cost and long wait times on development cycles. Legacy EAM and CMMS require a more complex user experience and one-size-fits-all architecture that requires custom development every time a change is needed. 

With a modern enterprise asset management platform for manufacturers, new fields, forms or workflow are enabled in just a few minutes in a click-to-configure architecture. Robust and mature out-of-the-box functionality is augmented by the ability to enhance the user experience in a matter of minutes. New configuration is simple to implement, even for internal staff with limited technical training. Staff members can listen to the needs of end users and operationalize these needs on the same day. Nuvolo is leader in transforming the user experience and making Enterprise Asset Management for manufacturers better, smarter and faster.

Summing Up 

The plant operations team is responsible for managing a growing set of productivity, risk, safety and compliance issues as complexity and demands on the manufacturing organization increase. The platform responsible for manufacturing asset management serves as an enabling technology in successfully managing these requirements. 

The use of legacy EAM and CMMS technologies is a constraint on the organization’s ability to change with the times or operate an optimized plant environment. 

Traditional manufacturing organizations want a mature, tried and true solution that enables them to keep the plant environment safe and fully operational. As a modern manufacturing platform for Enterprise Asset Management, Nuvolo plays an important role in helping plant operations leadership meet the growing demands and complexity placed on them using a modern platform.