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This article explains how an EAM system can improve upon manufacturing processes through the better organization of assets.

How an EAM Improves Manufacturing Processes

For decades manufacturers have strived to increase production, improve quality, lower machine downtimes and do it all at a lower costs. Over time new disciplines and methodologies such as KAIZEN, Six Sigma, Just-in-Time as well as numerous approaches have been implemented. For the most part each new methodology brought some level of improvement.

Technology has continued to evolve. New technology such as vibration analysis, ultrasound and infrared thermography have all helped increase machine reliability. For manufacturers using paper or spreadsheet based maintenance systems the technological advancements have just added to the burden of the maintenance staff.

To relieve this stress, EAM systems have been designed to automate much of the work management process including work orders, work request, inspections and preventive maintenance tasks. This covers the predictive technologies as they fall under the preventive maintenance umbrella.

Good Manufacturing Maintenance Requires a Proactive Plan

Implementing an EAM system into a manufacturing environment organizes assets by creating a database that captures asset location, description, costs, serial number, vendor, contract data and associated documents such as photos or blueprints.

Once the database has been established, the EAM system automates many of the manual work management tasks and provides scheduling tools for better proactive maintenance. Switching to a proactive method of maintenance management reduces unplanned repairs, increases uptime, lowers labor costs and decreases capital expenditures.

In addition, the database captures each new work request, work order or maintenance activity. The resulting database enables manufacturing asset and maintenance managers to know the location, condition and maintenance history of each asset. This information is then used in capital analysis for determining which assets can be repaired refurbished or need to be retired.