Maintenance Q&As

Why should I implement a remote monitoring system?

Answered August 14 2019

A remote monitoring system gives you multiple sets of eyes throughout your facility, which leads to improved productivity, reduced costs, higher quality data, and instant access to information.

Increase Productivity

According to IIoT World, a remote monitoring system has the potential to improve productivity by 15 percent to 50 percent. Many facilities employ key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure performance improvements. For example, overall equipment effectiveness looks at production rate, downtime, and quality to help companies evaluate improvements over time.

Reduce Costs

One effective application of a remote monitoring system within maintenance is automatic management of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) inventories. If tools, supplies, and spare parts can be efficiently tracked and automatically reordered when needed, you’ll reduce the cost of storing and managing these inventories while having the items you need readily available for reactive and preventive maintenance requests.

Get Better Data

Anytime you’re relying on humans to monitor, track, and record information, there’s a high risk of error. A remote monitoring system that automatically reads and transmits key data to a centralized computer system is much more accurate and can provide more regular access to important information.

Tip: You can also set up acceptable ranges in your CMMS as well as trigger ranges to initiate maintenance requests before an asset fails.

Access Information Instantly

Having the right information at the right time is critical to making the best decisions, whether that be in the c-suite or in the field. A remote monitoring system provides that instant access to critical data. For example, a field technician completing a maintenance work order in a remote location can pull up the repair and maintenance history of the asset to inspect its operation, repair problems, or flag any potential concerns for the future. Facilities managers, on the other hand, can prioritize maintenance requests more effectively by reviewing the state of all critical assets and systems in one central location.

Note: UpKeep is one of many CMMS softwares that facilities can use to help get the most out of a remote monitoring system. If you’re interested in starting a free trial, click here.

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