What’s in a complete toolbox for asset management?

By | 2 minute read | December 15, 2016

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The International Maintenance Conference in Bonita Spring, Florida this week has record numbers in attendance with over 1,000 maintenance, asset and reliability professionals. The expo hall is also overflowing with nearly 100 suppliers of leading solutions specializing in asset management, reliability, condition monitoring, innovative technologies, useful products, and vital services. In salute to the nature of this conference and the professionals attending, IBM is using a toolbox as metaphor for the breadth and completeness of the solutions offered to help companies on their asset and reliability journey.

graphic outlining the contents of the ibm connected manufacturing toolboxThe toolbox as a metaphor

What’s in the toolbox?

IMC 2016 attendees represent a broad range of industries, yet most have similar asset management and reliability goals. IBM has been a regular sponsor of the IMC and this year brings an even larger set of market-leading software “tools” to help attendees meet these goals. Client needs for asset management, analytics and connected manufacturing are supported through a complete “toolbox” of offerings such as Maximo Asset Management, Asset Health Insights, Watson IoT Platform, Prescriptive Maintenance and Plant Performance Analytics. Toolbox is an apt metaphor for the professionals and specialists at the conference. We like the ‘toolbox’ metaphor so much that it is incorporated into our booth design, demonstrating our software offerings on industrial-quality tool boxes.

imc_d2_demoEd Warnick, IBM demonstrates at a conference booth

And the winner is…

Every year at the IMC conference the winners of the annual Uptime Awards are honored. It is really great to see pride of the teams who win the Uptime Award honoring the best asset management, reliability and maintenance programs from across the globe.

These World-class organizations use reliability and asset performance to enhance safety, achieve environmental sustainability, lower operating cost and generate positive economic results. Here the winners for 2016 and I am happy to note many of them are long time Maximo users.

Winners of the 2016 Uptime Awards include CBRE, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Syracuse, Loop LLC, Jacobs Technology (NASA), Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, APS Palo Verde Nuclear, Rio Tinto: Iron Ore Canada, and Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

imc_d2_winnersWinners of the 2016 Uptime Awards

RAP Talks

The conference is replete with industry knowledge, know-how, and dare we say, even wisdom offered by elder members of the profession. One of the most focused methods of conveying such information, being the RAP talks. Similar to TED talks in time and format, but with an exclusive focus on reliability and asset management. I’ll highlight some of the interesting RAP talks in tomorrow’s post.