This article looks at how an EAM software can help Cable MSOs improve their asset management.
Managing Cable Assets with an EAM
Non CPE Asset Management
For years CPE management has been one of the top operational focuses for Cable MSOs. Now, as cable companies have grown, the management of facilities and other field assets such as signal amplifiers or headend equipment is becoming more visible.
With the increased visibility comes opportunities to make a significant expense saving contribution to the bottom line of cable firms. To do so requires planning and tools to handle issues such as how to ensure proactive maintenance, controlling MRO costs, improved capital analysis and getting a handle on document storage.
Cable Asset Management Preparation
The first step in any asset and maintenance management program is setting forth a plan to provide the best care for assets. Typical requirements for any asset management plan include:
- Being able to know the location and condition of all assets.
- Streamlining maintenance management be reducing manual processes, the use of maintenance scheduling tools and integrating mobile handheld technology.
- Ensuring that asset information and work history is captured from the planning stage through replacement.
- Making sure that there is a maintenance plan in place that includes inspections and preventive maintenance.
- Being able to capture document, vendor contracts, photos, blueprints, schematics as well as any needed documentation and attaching them to computerized records for ease of retrieval.
One very effective tool of choice for asset and maintenance management in the cable industry is an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system.
EAM Solutions for Cable Asset Management
There are several reasons why an EAM system is an effective tool for cable asset and maintenance management. The primary reason is that an EAMsoftware solution combines the core functionality of a CMMS for maintenance management with advances features for managing assets over the course of their useful lifecycle.
Some of the ways an EAM system helps cable companies with asset and maintenance management are:
- Making sure that all assets are set up in a computerized database with enough asset detail for easy tracking and scheduling of maintenance functions.
- Recording all work management results so that asset and maintenance planners can make better decisions for scheduling preventive maintenance, inspections and repairs.
- Use the record work history to analyze trends for more accurate capital budget forecast.
- Enabling the scanning of documents and for them to be attached to the associated asset.
- Automating manual work processes and reducing paper flow to increase the scheduling capability of maintenance staff.