What do an airline, a national train operator, and a global engine manufacture have in common? They probably have any number of things in common, but as
this is a Maximo blog I will focus on the fact that they are all using Maximo
Asset Configuration Manager (ACM) at the core of their business.
You may be asking ‘why’ and ‘what does ACM
actually do’? And apart from using ACM, what else do these businesses have in
value assets Safety
Critical operating environments Highly
Do you ever find yourself stuck in car or airline traffic? If you have, do you find yourself deeply sighing or groaning in agony thinking of where you need to be? Or do you become a pounder – pounding your fists on the steering wheel or your feet thru the airline concourse while a number of choice words come muttering out of your mouth?
Living in the Boston Area for the last 12 years, I’ve encountered a number of car and airline traffic jams. My most recent traffic jam was last night... [More]
In a recent entry in the Process Automation blog, Barbara Ballard provides a set of tips for improving the performance of queries that start with " select * from doclinks. ". The information applies perfectly to #Maximo Asset Management. For details, see the original blog entry (http://ibm.co/qXlW1b).
(OK, it's a clunky title, but I'm trying to be clear. Permit to Work, Work Permits, and variations of these words have meanings that depend on the
industry and the region using them.) In this blog I'll describe how the Permits application in Maximo for Nuclear Power supports performing work safely through effective planning, execution, and control of the permit process in a work management framework. I hope you'll read on, even if you are not in a nuclear utility line of business. All businesses today have pressures to cut costs and must... [More]
Asset Configuration Manager (ACM) is designed to manage the
configuration management requirements of complex assets operating in
the aerospace, defence and rail sectors where safety and regulatory
compliance is of primary importance. One
of the central components of Maximo ACM is the Build
Data Interpreter (BDI). At
it's most basic level the BDI analyses configuration managed Assets
position by position to ensure that they comply with the
configuration rules established in the corresponding model. That
said the BDI is a pretty... [More]
What is a loop calibration?
A loop calibration is a set of instruments
that are grouped and calibrated together. The input and output of the
whole group determines the pass or fail status of the calibration.
This solution allows for an instrument to
belong to one calibration loop at a time.
set of instruments in one area that work together and are calibrated
collectively in order to establish the pass or fail status of that one work area.
The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines a historian as: "a student or writer of history." If you consider the title of this article then, an Inventory Historian (if there was such an occupation) would be someone who writes the history of material inventory. Joking aside, if you have been a Maximo inventory user somewhere in the past 15 years, you essentially moonlighted as an inventory historian. The inventory functionality in Maximo has always provided for tactical, actuals-based recording of material transactions into... [More]
Maximizing equipment availability and reliability while reducing cost investment starts with a clear detailed maintenance strategy -- a "living reliability centered maintenance (RCM) Program. The outcome of the program is a collection of defined condition-based maintenance job plans and regular inspections. We need to work efficiently and effectively. We must not only do the work right, we must do the right work. Maintenance needs to be based upon the operating consequences of failure. An RCM program identifies your critical equipment... [More]
On any given day it may be challenge enough to ensure your
work plan has the up to date steps and proper resources (material, manpower and tools) to complete a
job on time. Now take several steps back
and think about what it took to get to that point of trouble free execution. I think you will find the work plan is just the tip of the iceberg. The Maximo Nuclear Industry
Solution has dealt with some of what’s below the surface through its Impact
Planning process.Impact Plans provide:
operational view of work:
Clear. Cold. Refreshing. Three words which could describe anything from a glass of water, a plunge in the Arctic Ocean, rice noodles, a class mint Mojito, or a run thru a sprinkler on a hot July Day. Maybe another image comes to your mind...and you may quickly see where I'm going with this. Text descriptions can often lead much to the imagination . Visual ambiguities however, can lead to serious issues in our work environments, as everyone must have the same, consistent understanding of assets, items, or work orders. A solid way to enable... [More]
Choices. Every aspect
of our lives is packed with them.
Firefox, Chrome or IE? Small,
Medium, Large or Jumbo? Mouse or
touchpad? Blueberry pie – with or
without ice cream? Shoes, Sneakers or flip flops? To tweet or not to tweet? Keeping with that trend, we are now enabling you additional
choices for your development of V7 reports with the delivery of Portrait Report
Report Templates are one of a few different ways your report
developers can create custom reports in the Version 7 Report Design Tool.... [More]
People often ask me about Linear Asset Manager. Not
what it does - but why the product was developed in the first place.
Here's the story...
In May 2005, Don Beahm, who was the lead product manager for
Maximo Transportation, and who now works for Accenture, stood before me and
drew a line on the whiteboard. "This
is a linear asset," he said. "It is not a pump, and Maximo should not
treat it like a pump." He went on to explain that linear assets have
characteristics that change over distance. On... [More]
Have you ever encountered or built
a cairn ? Cairns
are stacks or formations of rocks that you can often see on hiking trails or
parks. Some believe they are used as
trail markers, while others state they are artistic monuments celebrating
nature. I saw a number of cairns while taking a break from teaching a course in Arizona last week, and added
my own interpretation while heading back from Squaw Peak Trail.
As I thought about this week’s
blog – I couldn’t help but think back to those really cool cairns and how they... [More]
One of the questions I am most
frequently asked is in regards to how item warranties are triggered.
In order to explain this, I
think it best to start with an example.
Say you are in the mood for
listening to some of your favorite tunes as you jog along the river bank. You head down to the local electronics store
and pick out a stylin’ device with headphones that match your sneakers.
Now, as is expected in our
society, you must pay for this item before you leave the store. Although the device has a... [More]
Did you know that Auto-Locate hierarchy has been enhanced in Maximo Spatial 7.5. The text below describes the order and hierarchy of processing data in Maximo records that can possible generate a map position. The objective is simple. There is not always a direct link between the Maximo and GIS feature record. So rather than not display something in the map, try to find some information in the record that has a direct link to an object in the map or that can be geocoded using an address or GPS coordinates. This ultimately results in a better... [More]