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“We’ve been offering software deployed as a pay-per-use service running on a central web server for years, but there are no takers so far. Part of the problem has been that operating companies are very protective of their data.”
For a single plant, you may not have too many options. You may have to buy the software outright. For companies with multiple locations, who can set up a central server, several options exist for per-seat costs, site licenses, or an enterprise license.
You don’t necessarily have to spend a zillion dollars on AM software. “An asset management system doesn’t have to be expensive to be useful,” says Todd Stauffer, marketing manager at Siemens Energy & Automation. “Inexpensive ‘entry level’ AM packages are useful for plants that have limited budgets for maintenance.”
ABB’s Reierson confirms this assessment. “A widely held opinion is that an asset management system must be installed on a grand scale to provide measurable results,” he notes. “This is a misconception. Today’s asset optimization solutions can be incrementally implemented, on a physical location basis or by asset type, and still provide immediate payback.”
You have plenty of options, including purchasing AM software for your plant, putting AM software on a central company server, leasing, purchasing and many combinations of each. In this case, it definitely pays to shop around and compare all the options.
There are eight basic pieces of the Asset Management pie:
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