In our last blog, we described how data captured during asset inspections gives organisations a real-time window into their operations. Following on from there, we’d like to share an overview of a recent project we’ve undertaken for the Royal Australian Navy [RAN] which serves as a good demonstration of this. Continue reading “Case study: Maritime inspection rounds and watch-keeping events” »
Organisations with mission-critical assets know that in order to make smart decisions about their operations they need a complete and accurate picture of the condition, state and history of all their assets, across the enterprise. Routine asset inspection programs and maintenance activities offer the ideal opportunity to capture this critical data. However, despite the proliferation of enterprise asset management systems [EAM’s] and computerised maintenance management systems [CMMS’s], many companies fall short when it comes to integrating this intelligence into strategic, tactical and operational decision making. Continue reading “Transforming inspection programs with enterprise asset intelligence” »
When most organisations manage their assets, they usually have gravity on their side. So even while tracking the location and status of items can be complex, at least items will tend to stay where they were last put until something, or someone, moves them on. Crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) have no such guarantees. Continue reading “Lost in space no more: NASA using UHF RFID to track items on the ISS” »
In our last post we described the importance of a secure serialisation platform, like Relegen’s asset intelligence product, assetDNA, when managing spare parts and their lifecycles in complex asset operations. But there’s another half of the equation – the tag that carries the global unique identifier [GUID] to bridge the gap between data in information systems and real-world assets in the field.
There’s no shortage of options – but finding the right tag for each instance takes some doing. With so many factors playing a role – fit/form/function, environmental conditions, lifecycles, workflows, tag technology and type, frequency, read ranges and more – it can be hard to know where to start. Continue reading “Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]” »
When any complex asset is manufactured and enters operation, every part matters [think everything from small, low cost fasteners, bolts, adhesives, and aircraft components]. Assembly floor managers, service providers and suppliers already know that effective spare part management is essential for maintaining service levels, minimising unnecessary inventory costs and ultimately mission success.
However, the ever-increasing challenge of global track and trace regulations, such as those in the defence, aerospace and pharmaceuticals industries, means that those managing components must clearly demonstrate they have full visibility into their parts, inventory and supply chain processes at all times. In order to do this, they need each piece – no matter how small – to be individually identifiable. Continue reading “Improving spare parts management in complex asset operations [Part I]” »
In our last blog post we introduced the concept of a unified platform for risk-based asset management with our new assetDNA-riskDNA ecosystem. This week, we’d like to pick up from where we left off with a closer examination of the risk assessment tools offered up by the system – specifically as they relate to the management of operational assets – and share an interesting anecdote about a real-world application. Continue reading “Rigorous risk-based assessments boost asset management” »
At its core, a risk-based framework is the foundation for best-practice asset management. Such an approach is essential for improving asset knowledge management, performance, integrity, service delivery, safety, and compliance – all whilst minimising costs.
In direct response to this business need, and lack of available tools, Relegen has developed and released a new integrated enterprise asset and risk intelligence platform. Going well beyond traditional asset tracking and enterprise asset management systems [EAM’s], the innovative combination of assetDNA, and the newly-released riskDNA, gives organisations, for the first time ever, access to a seamless, comprehensive, enterprise-wide view of all assets and their associated risks. Continue reading “Relegen’s new unified platform for risk-based enterprise asset intelligence” »
Deloitte’s just released their annual technology predictions for 2016 which focuses on 8 trends likely to disrupt business over the next few years. Whilst much of the report concentrates on futuristic technologies, what is most interesting, is that this year, one trend was dedicated to the coal-face challenge of modernising and extending the value of legacy systems.
An example relevant for our clients is legacy enterprise asset management systems [EAM’s], computerised maintenance management systems [CMMS’s] and enterprise resource planning systems [ERP’s]. Whilst these systems have been essential for the financial and operational management of assets, they were never designed to provide the granularity of detail demanded by today’s complex global enterprises, or readily integrate with emerging asset tracking technologies, auto-ID [RFID, NFC, barcode, DPM etc.] and field mobility applications. Continue reading “Should you rip-out, re-write or re-invent your legacy enterprise asset management system?” »
We love coming across stories like this – stories about organisations putting RFID to work in highly-innovative ways in order to gain greater intelligence about their assets. This recent story is about a company making use of RFID blocking paint of all things. And no, it’s not to prevent data, credit card or identity theft – it is to generate incredible insight about its customers and increase customer engagement, and product sales, as a result. Continue reading “How RFID blocking paint is enhancing enterprise asset intelligence” »
Happy New Year! Whilst it’s been some time since our last blog post [only because we’ve been VERY busy developing an incredible array of new products for you in 2016…so stay tuned!], we’d like to pick-up where we left off with a blog post on the pros and cons of NFC technology as it relates to the business of asset tracking. Continue reading “Part II – Asset tracking & NFC – The Pros & Cons” »