“Putting in these measures for automation has allowed us to bring down the number of people who need to be in one place at one time,” says Tom.
What’s more, the control that Fiix gives Tom has allowed him to roll out the remaining implementations remotely, with no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
“If you’re standing still, you’re falling behind,” says Tom. “We are constantly driving for more automation and growing.”
The search for maximum maintenance efficiency Tom’s strategy was working. Reactive maintenance was down 54% and after-hours call-ins were down 47%. But there was still plenty of room for improvement.
Preventive maintenance was still being scheduled based on old habits. A compressor would be checked every few weeks, even if it was operating perfectly. Oil changes relied on whether technicians thought the oil was good or bad. And inspections were still being done manually. The team was spending hours checking meter readings and logging data every week.
And while asset failure and fire fighting were down, Tom knew tasks like these were costing his team time and money they could be using somewhere else. So he set out to cut them from the schedule.
There was just one problem—Tom didn’t have the information he needed to pinpoint those jobs or the tools to automate them. So he teamed up with Fiix’s integration partner Majik Systems to find a solution.
Saving $40,000 a year with condition-based maintenance With the help of Fiix and Majik, Tom connected the facility’s PLCs to his CMMS. This gives him the power to collect real-time information about the condition of equipment. Now he can track vibration, temperature, or any other machine reading.
But this data would be next-to-useless without the link between Majik and Fiix. This connection allows asset data to flow into Tom’s CMMS without him lifting a finger. If a reading hits a certain threshold, a work order is created.
The best part is, the integration was done remotely. And it took only two weeks from start to finish (with less than a day’s work for Tom and his team).
“We now have alarms that are tripped and warnings to operators that if action is not taken or maintenance isn’t contacted that it could shut them down,” says Tom.