Connected reliability is a framework for reliability professionals using the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to streamline data, systems, and teams. Connected reliability eliminates hurdles by bringing everything into one place, accessible everywhere there is an internet connection, so people can make data-driven decisions to do their job most effectively and benefit their organization’s bottom line.
People can’t use data they can’t access. Easy access to comprehensive data is one of the cornerstones of Connected Reliability and empowers teams to make the best choices at the right times. A computerized maintenance management system, or CMMS, helps organizations store, streamline, and optimize all the data they need from each of their assets.
Uptime Elements are another framework meant for reliability professionals—part of an asset performance and management system aimed at helping people better understand and use condition-based maintenance strategies. The Uptime Elements Asset Management Timeline tracks assets from the initial business needs analysis all the way through to the residual liabilities after an asset has ceased to perform as intended. Along the way, the system helps maximize each asset’s uptime.
Connected Reliability and Uptime Elements can work hand in hand. With a unified view of data and systems, Connected Reliability enables maintenance and reliability teams to make decisions that drive results. The Uptime Elements framework includes technical activities, leadership activities, and business processes. Altogether, these offer a comprehensive way to test performance and track and improve an asset’s lifespan and productivity—and ultimately, its benefit to the bottom line.
Key aspects of Uptime Elements include root cause analysis—a specific approach to identifying the causes of faults or problems—and executive sponsorship. Leadership buy-in and support is one of the most important factors for an organization looking to optimize its maintenance program and strategy. Connected Reliability helps on this front by offering clear and accessible performance metrics, making progress easy to track and communicate. One of the final components of Uptime Elements is continuous improvement, which is the concept of examining processes to ensure they are as efficient and effective as possible.
Together, Connected Reliability and Uptime Elements help reliability teams communicate, improve uptime, extend asset life and move maintenance from being seen as a financial burden to being seen as a financial driver. Implementing an optimized maintenance program using these frameworks will help organizations not just today, but into the future.