Maximo Monday: Maximo Calibration
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This is a blog posting from Eric Luyer, Market Manager for IBM Asset Management, Industrial Manufacturing. Link to his profile.
Hello there. This is my first posting to the Maximo Monday Blog and my topics in this Blog series will be focused around topics relevant for Industrial Manufacturing. Today’s topic is on the latest enhancements of IBM Maximo Asset Management Calibration.
To meet increased quality requirements in the industry, many companies rely more and more on calibrated instruments, tools or specific equipment. Calibration is a technique that “compares performance to a standard of known accuracy”. Improper calibration can lead to errors that diminish efficiency, compromise product quality, damage plant assets, increase operational costs and reduce profits. Calibration is also significantly important for quality management and gets special attention from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturing companies that are relevant to the FDA are using tools, specific equipment, instruments and standards that are integral to maintenance activities and therefore require a complete calibration management solution. Although this application has been developed for the Life Sciences/Pharmaceutical industry, today there are many companies that are using Maximo Calibration in other industries like Oil & Gas, Utilities, Automotive, Aerospace & Defence and in Governmental institutions.
The most heard feedback from our customers about Maximo Calibration is that it is an integral part of IBM Maximo Asset Management, in the way that all assets including all calibrated assets are in the same “assets register” or database. This is a major differentiator compared to other “stand-alone” calibration packages available in the market.
Another frequently heard comment today is that Maximo Calibration is a mature and competitive calibration solution and very appreciated by its users. This is a result of heavy customer involvement over the last 7 years and is continuing today through the initiative of a “Special Interest Group Maximo Calibration" under enthusiastic leadership of an important customer and user of the Maximo Calibration capabilities.
In the current release of IBM Maximo Calibration (i.e. IBM Maximo Calibration version 7.1.1) you’ll find available functionalities as supporting electronic signatures as described in FDAs Conduct Guide 21 CFR part11, Revision Control on Job Plans and Data Sheets, even User-Defined Data Sheets to support Linear and Non-Linear Assets, Loop Calibration support, Notification of Out-Of-Tolerance Calibration, Traceability and Reverse Traceability to assess and manage risks, Analyzing historical trends, etc.
Also, to increase efficiency and cost, customers can use the mobile functionality of IBM Maximo Asset Management using IBM Maximo Mobile Work Manager with Calibration. Meteorologists or engineers can use their PDA to input calibrated values to eliminate paper and improve efficiency significantly. This Maximo Mobile Calibration capability supports also electronic signatures and is barcode reading enabled or ready to get configured to operate with RFID technologies.
The Maximo Mobile Work Manager with Calibration features capabilities to input and view asset and asset location details, job plans, safety plans, scheduled dates and priorities, identify and create work orders or service requests. Also provide data entry points for calibration activities and data sheet entries.
If we now look into the near future you may think of the following requirements:
I will certainly be coming back to you to give you another update when new functionality of Maximo Calibration will be available. I am pleased with the current and new enhancements coming to make Calibration a useful addition to the existing Maximo solution offering.
Thanks for reading and look forward to my next blog!
Eric Luyer, Market Manager Asset Management (Industrial/Manufacturing)