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THE 411 ON REMOTE ASSET MANAGEMENT
1. Data access to all
2. Better understanding of issues by management and support groups
3. More powerful data analysis tools often available
4. Access to remote experts, both in-house and 3rd party
5. Lower labor costs because few people can monitor many plants
6. Forces standardization and automation of data collection
7. Share best maintenance practices among plants
8. Forces standard practices and use of single software package
9. Analysis of problems not hindered by day-to-day plant operations
10. Can help optimize spare part inventory management
11. Only way to support remote unmanned facilities
12. Can be used to implement industry benchmarking
1. Hard to implement and maintain connectivity to all
2. Security is a significant and difficult issue
3. Customizing data to meet needs of each location
4. Higher cost
5. Less reliable, depends on reliability of remote communications
6. Cannot see, hear, feel, smell, touch problem
7. Need to enforce standards across all plants
8. Need to get trust and buy-in from local maintenance personnel
Finch manages remotely
ver the years, many organizations have subscribed to the age-old wisdom, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, companies that run continuous production operations often adhere to a different philosophy: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s because a sudden machine failure can damage thousands of dollars worth of products and disrupt delivery schedules, particularly in continuous-production industries such as paper manufacturing. More often than not, unplanned machine failures create increased labor costs, lost revenue and unhappy customers.
No one is more aware of this reality than Finch, Pruyn & Co. Inc, a leading manufacturer of fine, uncoated papers for marketing, book publishing and office use. Based in Glens Falls, N.Y., Finch, Pruyn paper is known for its superior smoothness, high brightness, opacity and excellent printing characteristics. Founded in 1865, the locally owned and independent company produces more than 240,000 tons of paper per year.
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