Upcoming Enhancements in the IBM Maximo Asset Management Scheduler
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Today's blog comes from Dave Calvert.
Planners and Schedulers are continually challenged with finding the right combination of resources for their upcoming shutdowns, and balancing the availability of those resources against the time constraints presented by the upcoming workload. Maximo Scheduler has, in the past, provided a simple solution to that baseline comparison of work load vs. craft level. This ability to determine that the craft resource level will be able to handle the demand of the planned work has proven extremely valuable to organizations. We know that Planners and Schedulers need to have the visibility of many more factors that influence not just the timing of the schedule, but the ability to realistically complete the work on time. This demand for the visibility of this critical information has been one of the primary drivers behind the next release of IBM Maximo Asset Management Scheduler.
When we spoke to our Maximo Scheduler customers, they told us that they wanted a planning & scheduling tool that graphically would show the Planners and Schedulers additional information about those factors influencing their schedule. One of the first factors they mentioned is the ability to graphically see when the asset or location may, in fact, be accessed. Whether in a utility, manufacturing, or facility environment, many of the assets and locations served, have restrictions on when they may be accessed. These may be slots of time when the asset is not in use, not in production, or simply not occupied.
In response to that need, we have incorporated a means by which usage patterns may be declared for Assets and/or Locations in Maximo. In addition, the planner may define the slots of time when maintenance would like to perform the work. However it is not enough to just know when the work should be done. By leveraging the Maximo Integration Framework (MIF), customers may now even link their separate production systems to Maximo to import their production schedules! This will allow the Planner to see when the Asset and/or Location may be worked on, and can respect that when devising their schedule. When all of this information is viewed on the gantt chart, the Planner may now see the best possible date and time in which to schedule upcoming work. This capability, on its own, allows a much more realistic schedule to be created the first time. Without respecting this critical data, the Planner ends up creating a “best guess” schedule, having to confirm with maintenance and production that access may be ensured, and then making the necessary changes required to accommodate both groups in the schedule. Instead, the Planner now is able to create one schedule that suits all, first time !
Check back to this blog frequently where I will be providing additional sneak peaks of our enhanced planning and scheduling tools as we near it’s release…