Preventive Maintenance Ensures Enhanced Equipment Reliability and Workforce Safety in Construction Industry

Construction solutions built on the RFID-IoT platform

Construction environments are complex, cost sensitive and highly dynamic; products, equipment and vehicles move within and between facilities and inventory levels highly fluctuate.

The typical facility involves workers carrying out many different and complicated tasks at the same time. Forklift drivers, for example, must constantly transport pallets, boxes and bins full of parts throughout a job sites while adhering to schedules and safety regulations.

In the billion-dollar construction industry, success hinges on timely and error-free delivery of product through a complex, high value supply chain. In this extraordinarily capital intensive business, a failure of even the shortest duration anywhere along the supply chain can instantly ripple into a millions dollar loss.

That said, there’s always room to improve. If you don’t take advantage of new cost-saving opportunities quickly, your competition surely will. Some of the biggest improvements in constructions operations can be made by adopting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and IoT (Internet of things) technologies to improve asset management and maintenance work orders.

Challenge

In today’s construction environment there is no room left for Run-to-Failure maintenance strategy, since when a machine fails, the result is unforeseen downtime and expensive repairs that negatively affect the company. Downtime brings about significant losses in productivity. It also adversely impacts other operations through the jobsite.

What’s more, when a machine is down, you have to undergo financial losses due to delays and lost working hours. As the saying goes, the cost of returning the machine to work is never zero.

One other risk that results from poor maintenance of equipment and machinery in construction sites is the life-threatening injuries and accidents that happen regularly. Construction sites are dangerous workplaces, the work is mainly physical, and the machinery are very powerful. Those workers who get injured in these environments often undergo serious health problems and chronic pain. To avoid such injuries and accidents, it is crucial to make our construction sites safe environments by providing our workers with safe equipment and machinery.

Improper assets and maintenance management leads to serious inefficiencies for the construction, some of which can be addressed through assets conditions traceability:

Solution - SmartX HUB Asset Maintenance and Performance Management

Preventive Maintenance refers to the regular maintenance activities done to prevent unexpected equipment breakdown and expensive repair costs. The philosophy behind preventive maintenance is to systematically apply engineering knowledge to equipment and machinery in order to ensure their proper performance and reduce their rate of wear and tear. This is done by identifying weaknesses in different parts of machines, fixing problems and preventing failure before it occurs.

Adhering to a preventive maintenance program allows you to repair or replace damaged equipment before noticeable problems come about. This will ensure equipment reliability as well as a significant reduction in downtime. For a preventive maintenance program to be effective and successful, careful scheduling of maintenance on equipment is required. And to ensure that maintenance work is done according to the schedule, the best practice is to use a reminder system to alert you that the preventive maintenance is due.

Our Smart Maintenance Management (CMMS) Platform allows you to schedule maintenance activities based on calendar days or the number of usage of assets and machines, and issues notifications and alerts to remind you of the approaching due date.

Implementing preventive maintenance will provide you with increased equipment lifetime and safety, fewer accidents, and reduced cost of downtime. Our system makes use of the following system components and methods to render your preventive maintenance scheduling and management easier and more efficient.

Benefits of RFID in Automotive Industry

Asset condition information has become increasingly generated by sensors, RFID/ Beacon tags, meters, actuators, GPS, and other devices and systems.

The read-write capability of SmartX HUB RFID technology enables automation of record keeping for asset maintenance. This, in turn, ensures the highly accurate and complete maintenance records required to best adhere to maintenance schedules and optimize an asset’s performance.

As a technician completes service, critical maintenance data can be associated to the asset tag — such as service date and time, technician, service performed and next inspection date. An asset’s complete history is always available to the technician with a quick read of the asset’s RFID tag. And in addition, the information  can also be sent automatically to the SmartX HUB EAM module, ensuring the timely scheduling of future maintenance required to maximize equipment uptime.

SmartX HUB includes pre-configured reports that allow organizations to more effectively manage their asset inventory and utilization. The SmartX HUB software application includes several reports that are based on information that is, by default, refreshed hourly in the solution. 

Here are some of the clearest benefits of  SmartX HUB RFID Maintenance management at a construction jobsite:

The SmartX HUB RFID-IoT system allows workers to locate tools quickly and easily, preventing the need to stop the assembly line and search for a misplaced tool. It can also help provide insight into how often certain equipment is used, allowing you to better control the depreciation of high-value assets.

The system’s Service Reports allows you to view a report of all PM Due Dates associated with an asset or a group of assets. You can also set the system to send you Preventive Maintenance Due Date notifications and alerts. This way, you will be always reminded of important due dates, and have a thorough visibility over your preventive maintenance schedule and plan.

With its preventive maintenance management capabilities, SmartX HUB CMMS Solution helps you obtain a more efficient workflow by improving your control over your project, enhancing safety on your jobsite, reducing equipment downtime, minimizing safety hazards, increasing life expectancy of equipment, and reducing repair costs. It provides you with the necessary means to stay on schedule, stay on budget and work consistently to keep your overall project on the right track.

The many parts throughout a construction site can be serialized with an RFID tag — including flanges,
precast concrete and pipes. Now, with a quick scan of the RFID tag via a handheld RFID reader, field operators can determine when the part was placed in use, any known defects, maintenance history, repair
procedures, the date the part should be retired and
more. The ability to couple rich data with every
part provides maintenance staff with the granular
visibility required to better monitor the jobsite.

Gain item-level data about every asset to ensure important tools and equipment don’t get lost, misplaced, or stolen. By keeping up-to-date on your tools' whereabouts, you can reduce overall inventory levels while ensuring adequate supplies across all locations.

Conclusion

SmartX HUB CMMS Solution helps you obtain a more efficient workflow by improving your control over your project, enhancing safety on your jobsite, reducing equipment downtime, minimizing safety hazards, increasing life expectancy of equipment, and reducing repair costs. It provides you with the necessary means to stay on schedule, stay on budget and work consistently to keep your overall project on the right track.

Built on SmartX HUB Platform, the Asset Visibility and Smart Maintenance Management applications enable companies to manage their jobsites using new data, offering scorecards, dashboards, and reports to set expectations and clearly identify cycle and turnaround times and inadequate performance by contractors and suppliers.

By automating your processes with SmartX HUB RFID-IoT technology you can cut daily operational costs by significantly reducing labor and error costs through process automation. SmartX HUB offers a scalable platform that’s customizable and simple to use, easily fitting into your unique business process. To make it even easier, SmartX HUB runs on any web browser as well as any Windows, iOS or Android device.

SmartX HUB’s global presence, coupled with its deep industry and business transformation expertise, has proven that the methodologies and experience gained from thousands of worldwide engagements help clients achieve real business results and innovation quickly and cost-effectively.

To get more information on how we can help you overcome the challenges to your construction business or to check out a free demo, contact us.

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