This category includes computer programs and applications employed to schedule, and sometimes execute, maintenance schedules and functions related to the fabricating process. Commonly referred to as computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), these software packages organize and automate the various tasks and data collection needed by a particular operation. Software packages can extend beyond the manufacturing process to include management functions for an entire organization, including purchasing, budgeting, asset tracking, inventory control, work order system management, vendor management, etc. CMMS software packages are commonly designed so that anyone performing maintenance on a system can use the programs, not only the parent organization. These packages can produce status reports, maintenance reports, and other documents needed to verify regulatory compliance. Software applications can either be housed on-site on the company’s servers, or can be cloud-based.
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With the advent of technologies like the iPad, the field of predictive maintenance has now become an accessible, cost effective and achievable goal for many companies, from small shops to large factories. They can base an entire predictive maintenance platform on the iPad and utilize technology that is constantly improving.
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Predicting maintenance requirements is one of the most important benefits of advanced analytics. In the face of a hyper-competitive global economy, the smart use of predictive analytics may be the differentiating factor that sets one fabricator apart from the countless others.
Individually configurable software application packages from Liebherr can increase the control and reliability of robotic production in an Industry 4.0 operating environment.
Using Onsight Flow paperless work instructions from Librestream on their wearables for hands-free operation or on their smartphones and tablets, the digital field service worker can remotely inspect and troubleshoot assets quicker, safer and more consistently.
Using a tablet, smartphone or smart glasses for remote maintenance of sawing machines and storage systems, VisualAssistance from KASTO lets users send live videos to service experts and receive real-time visual assistance and information to correct faults, perform maintenance work, reduce downtime and minimize costs.
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