A successful digital transformation journey using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) involves several factors, including developing a comprehensive roadmap. Organizations cannot always see the barriers and hence the opportunities to implement predictive maintenance strategies and improve overall equipment efficiency (OEE) and blockage reliability.
However, partnering with experts from a solution service provider can get these projects off the ground. According to Gartner, companies that have increased funding for digital innovation are 2.5 times more likely to be the top performers than the bottom performers.
Industries that invested in IIoT-based technologies and achieved digital transformation early, initially encountered difficult technical and practical hurdles. Fortunately, vendors have started to understand the common barriers customers face when implementing new hardware, software, and systems. As a result, global innovators of large-scale IIoT systems are now offering several high-value-added services to support transformations where customers need help most.
The following are examples of solution services:
- Good practice workshops.
- In-depth consultations.
- Expert remote and on-site collaboration.
- Advice on building a comprehensive roadmap to reliability.
- Ongoing support services to ensure the transformation of the IIoT into the future.
Where an organization is on the road to reliability usually determines the services it chooses to operate.
Seven Critical IIoT Implementation Services
1. Criticality analysis of assets. Organizations identify the business value of a machine or component on the basis of data, not guesswork or guesswork. Without identifying high-value assets, the organization will not know which machines would benefit from predictive maintenance strategies.
During an asset criticality analysis, your team works with reliability experts to rank critical assets. With an asset criticality analysis in hand, maintenance managers can then optimize operations to manage organizational risk. If none have been done, reliability experts can help ensure consensus and that the assessment provides accurate and usable results.
2. Connected reliability assessment. Building a reliability roadmap is no easy task. The roadmap typically begins with a review of the company’s current and optimal business states. What short and long term goals do they want to achieve with the proposed hardware, software or system? A solution service provider knows how to meet you where you are at, whether it’s starting a new program or revising an existing one. A reliability assessment examines:
- Networks available.
- Types of assets.
- Mobile capabilities.
- Current training and skill levels of staff.
- Existing devices or tools.
This service resolves barriers where possible, facilitating connected reliability.
3. Critical success factors of CMMS. One of the main reasons CMMS implementations fail is that the software is not optimized once implemented. Instead, it becomes a repository or falls into disuse. A Critical success factors Workshop prepares users for deployment success from the start, resulting in a faster return on investment. When properly optimized, CMMS software data has a huge impact on asset reliability and availability.
4. Start the implementation. Speed up CMMS implementation with a Kickstart meeting. During the consultation, providers’ experts discuss the current state and how to accelerate and quickly achieve the goals desired by the client. Having a presentation and analysis of the current state of a business means that it can start up as soon as the CMMS implementation is complete. A kickstart must include an analysis of maintenance operations, reporting on:
- Hierarchies of assets.
- Preventive maintenance programs.
- Inventory process.
- Work order or details of the request.
5. Remote condition monitoring (CM) services. To determine if your organization has the resources and infrastructure to start and maintain a new long-term developing distance CM program, an introduction is a must. Remote condition monitoring services identify potential implementation issues early on. The best reliability partners understand that nothing is unique.
6. Connected thermographic report. Organizations using thermography often only check electrical cabinets. They don’t realize that they can also take advantage of thermography to increase the reliability of their most critical assets, detect leaks in building envelopes or pipes and other critical functions. Through these various assessments, experts and stakeholders can assess existing resources, processes and technology, as well as the best place to deploy it.
seven. Vibration analysis measurement. Vibration is a constant in physics, including physical assets. However, the complex vibration issues associated with critical assets often require the support of certified and trained experts. Bringing in the experts also eliminates frustrating consequences, such as failed attempts caused by a lack of technical knowledge.
Fill organizational voids
As the transition to IIoT technology accelerates, organizations are finding that emerging technologies offer a competitive advantage. The IIoT adoption journey must remain fluid, adapt, change and evolve with the needs of the business. If your business is struggling to implement IIoT technology, connectivity, or interfacing, consider partnering with a service provider and their experts to overcome the hurdles. Many of us are more than eager to help you find workable solutions.
Michael Watson is a Product Application Specialist for Fluke Reliability, focusing on corporate technical tools, condition monitoring product lines and CMMS software. For more information visit www.eMaint.com.