Agriculture: Machine Maintenance – iSolutions AMT
In the last 10 years, great improvements and efficiencies have been introduced to the way maintenance of equipment is performed. This has been helped in part by the introduction of computerized maintenance management systems that manage maintenance work through transactional work orders. However, while this has helped the planning and scheduling of work, streamlined administration and provided some basic analysis of the maintenance operations, these systems offer only limited equipment management functionality. Their focus is on the maintenance transaction rather than the maintenance strategy.
Why use AMT Asset Manager?
AMT starts by defining the maintenance strategy and then uses this strategy to help the equipment manager measure and track performance as well as assisting him or her to make sound maintenance decisions.
Here are five reasons why companies are choosing to AMT Asset Manager as their primary equipment management system:
Dynamic life cycle costing is transforming the way companies track equipment performance. Life cycle costing, driven by a well thought out maintenance strategy, has long been used as a way to evaluate purchase decisions for new and used equipment. Dynamic life cycle costing takes this static model and dynamically updates it with the latest work order cost and event information. It then uses this information to re-forecast the expected life cycle cost, labour and resources for the asset.
The result is a continually updated future projection of the asset’s costs, performance and resources. Compared against the expected performance, dynamic life cycle costing provides an excellent tool to track, understand and model cost and performance of equipment. Dynamic Life Cycle Costing provides the basis for much other equipment management functionality.
AMT’s dynamically updated life cycle cost model forms the basis of equipment cost forecasting. This forecast provides continuous feedback on the areas that are having the largest impact on the equipment cost. There are three areas where a variance can occur.
- Repair Cost
- Repair frequency
- Labour hours
By understanding which of these three areas is having the greatest impact, the maintenance manager can better understand how to manage the issue.
This early feedback mechanism, a cornerstone of AMT’s life cycle costing approach to equipment management, provides the equipment manager with the benefit of time. Knowing that current performance is likely to result in a problem in the future allows the manager to focus their effort in the right areas, addressing the high impact issues before they become significant problems.
By using tools to understand component performance, uptime can be increased and equipment costs significantly reduced. AMT does this by leveraging existing health systems to provide maintenance action alerts from Condition Monitoring inputs. This is called Condition Based Maintenance and is fundamental in driving an on-condition maintenance strategy.
Modern organisations are under increasing pressure to “do what they say they will do” or “deliver to expectations”. To manage this, an accurate and continually updated projection of your equipment cost performance is required.
Companies have struggled to extract the true costs of running equipment from their enterprise systems and accurate maintenance budgets linked to the forward work plans have been difficult and time consuming to develop. The plans are also ‘static’ due to the difficulty of updating them with the latest maintenance information (new component change outs etc.)
AMT’s dynamic life cycle costing engine allows the maintenance budget to be continually updated with the latest component life and cost information. The result is a dynamic and accurate maintenance budget. Once this budget foundation has been created, the maintenance manager can test many strategy and equipment scenarios to optimize the forward costs and understand potential risks.
Significant investments have been made in implementing enterprise systems. AMT’s modular architecture allows mining companies to plug the gaps in functionality not provided by the ERP. If you already have a planning system, AMT can work with this and still give the rich equipment management functionality that your ERP does not provide.
AMT connects financial, enterprise, dispatch and health systems to create a best of breed, integrated equipment management platform.