The NRX Blog

27 Jun 2017

The Hidden Cost of Erroneous Work Orders: How Asset-Intensive Businesses can Save Millions and Free up 1000s of Hours of “Wrench Time”

At HubHead, we work with customers who run asset-intensive businesses that demand a lot of maintenance activity. Frequently, these customers have invested tens and even hundreds of millions in advanced computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Systems. Regardless of the system they chose (SAP, IBM Maximo, or others), one experience is universal: The productivity of...

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22 Jun 2017

Simplifying Equipment Tag Management

Asset-intensive companies require thousands or even millions of asset tags to identify and manage their equipment. All these tags need to be unique, and ideally, should provide useful information about the equipment. Many companies struggle with no formal process for allocating the tags, inconsistent tags, or difficulty getting personnel to comply. Those who try to implement a formal tagging...

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20 Jun 2017

The Foundation for Operational Excellence

What is an Asset Data Foundation? An Asset Data Foundation is made up of high-quality master data, including Maintenance Master Data, accurately reflecting the physical plant and its needs. This data stands as the backbone of effective Maintenance Work Management and Asset Management. For asset-intensive organizations, the range of data extends from assets (functional locations, equipment) through their attributes,...

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15 Jun 2017

3 Steps for Asset Master Data Success

Maintenance is serious business, especially for asset-intensive companies. As an example, without stringent maintenance standards, and regulatory guidelines, the rate of industrial accidents would surely rise. Without properly functioning equipment, production grinds to a staggering halt. In asset-intensive businesses, that can mean millions of dollars in lost income. From safety and precautionary measures to significant cost savings, it is...

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13 Jun 2017

Making Maintenance More Visual Using Illustrated Parts Books

Maintenance personnel often require spare parts information from a parts catalogue to create maintenance plans, task lists, or bills of materials. If parts books are missing or misplaced, or stored at a different location, obtaining the correct information can be a very time consuming and tedious task. This results in wasted time and money, and can result in critical...

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08 Jun 2017

Streamlining SAP Plant Maintenance

Do your maintenance workers find it difficult and tedious to enter or update data in SAP PM notifications or work orders? Do your notifications and work orders tend to be missing important data, or contain incorrect information? Would you like a way to improve the quality of the information and historical data? Or a way to make complex maintenance...

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06 Jun 2017

Data Quality Nightmares – Horror Stories from the Field as Told by a Maintenance Expert

Most asset-intensive businesses struggle to create and maintain high-quality asset and maintenance data in their CMMS or EAM systems. This problem is not unique. The biggest mistake you can make is just to forget about it and assume the problem will simply resolve itself. Most businesses know they have a data-related problem, but rarely take the right steps to...

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01 Jun 2017

Refining Maintenance Processes in the Oil & Gas Industry

We here at NRX spend a lot of time with customers managing asset-intensive companies in Oil & Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Energy, Pulp & Paper, Transportation, and many other industries. Almost all of those customers have implemented some form of EAM/CMMS system but are struggling with poor quality master data and an inefficient and/or ineffective way to track and manage...

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30 May 2017

Top 5 Reasons Why Maintenance Organizations Need to Change

Maintenance is a serious business, especially for asset-intensive companies. As an example, without stringent maintenance standards, and regulatory guidelines, the rate of industrial accidents would surely rise. Without properly functioning equipment, production grinds to a staggering halt. In large asset-intensive businesses, that can translate to millions of dollars in lost income. Asset-intensive companies spend millions of dollars each year...

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23 May 2017

Are Your Maintenance Documents Being Managed? Or Are They Managing You?

If you’re like most asset-intensive companies, managing maintenance documents is a substantial and gruesome task. Maybe you have a cabinet of binders chock full of important engineering and maintenance documents, or a stack of books fifteen feet high. Perhaps you have a drawer full of USBs, or a network drive full of PDFs. Or even better, you might have...

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