Best Meter Reading Software for Asset Maintenance
Meter reading software helps companies log meter readings in order to monitor assets and trigger work orders based on operation time and condition. See meter reading capabilities in action on UpKeep, which incorporates this capability into an overall computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).
What is Meter Reading Software?
Metering is a means by which businesses keep track of meter data on various critical assets. This data collection allows a company to monitor the condition of the asset and make maintenance-related decisions. Meter reading software takes automated meter readings regularly and affordably.
Understanding AMR and AMI Meters
Automatic meter reading (AMR) is the system that collects usage and condition data from any metering device. These readings are automatically sent to a centralized computer system for invoicing, diagnostics, and reporting. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), on the other hand, is an integrated system that includes smart meters, CMMS or other data networks, and communications systems that enable multi-way communications between all involved parties.
When you use UpKeep as your mobile-first CMMS, you can take advantage of meter-reading technology to monitor the condition of your assets and trigger maintenance orders before big problems arise.
Important Meter Reading Software Features
Before selecting meter reading software, you’ll want to make sure that your solution can monitor runtime and conditions as well as trigger the correct work orders to start maintenance requirements.
Monitor Asset Runtime
Your meter reading software should allow maintenance technicians to log runtime data with a mobile tool so they can understand how long that particular asset actually performs its work.
A selected solution should be able to monitor things like machine vibration using ips, generator temperature in degrees, oil pressure in psi, and other data extracted from condition monitoring tools.
Trigger Runtime-based Maintenance
A meter reading software system should allow you to replace calendar-based preventive maintenance with runtime-generated maintenance requests. That means, the software should be able to automatically create new work orders when runtime intervals are reached.
Initiate Condition-based Maintenance
In a similar manner, the software should be able to use data from sensors to provide constant monitoring of critical conditions. If programmed thresholds are exceeded, then new work orders are automatically generated to alert relevant managers and technicians.
Benefits of Meter Reading Software
The main benefits of using meter reading software are the ability to optimize your maintenance program because you never miss readings, access to meter history, and easy updates for meter-related work orders.
Never Miss a Reading
Because automated meters are constantly monitoring and tracking meter usage and condition, you’ll have easy access to complete data. Technicians can easily log meter readings through a smartphone app or a nearby kiosk.
View Meter Data History
Through UpKeep’s CMMS and meter reading software, management can have a complete and real-time history of each asset’s runtime and condition in seconds. As a result, smarter business decisions can be easily made using more reliable asset data.
Update Meter-Based Work Orders
When certain runtime or conditions are met, the metering software can automatically trigger necessary work orders. These work orders are then sent to the maintenance technician or managers who can determine their priority. When orders are completed, the technician can easily update and close out the order, so that maintenance data can be added to the meter history for future reporting and analysis.
Maintenance Teams Approve
Customers continue to share how much they like UpKeep’s mobile-first solution and meter reading features, as well its functionality and affordability. "The biggest pro is the functionality,” said facilities coordinator Jeremy L. “All of our inventory, work orders, assets, schedules, and meters are all included in one app.”
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Meter reading software is available with every paid UpKeep plan including the starter, professional, business plan and enterprise levels. View plans and pricing now.