In the world of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), pinpointing the right parts is crucial for smooth maintenance operations. However, challenges arise when the lack of Bills of Materials (BOMs) and unclear text descriptions in the EAM system impede the quick and accurate selection of required parts. In this blog, we will delve into the difficulties faced by maintenance workers and explore strategic solutions to enhance the identification of correct parts, saving valuable time and improving overall operational efficiency.

  1. The Time Drain: Lack of Bills of Materials (BOMs):
  • Navigating Without a Blueprint: The absence of efficient BoMs acts as a stumbling block for maintenance workers. Without a clear blueprint listing the necessary parts for specific equipment or tasks, workers are left to navigate a complex landscape, wasting valuable time in identifying the required components.
  • Impact on Operational Efficiency: The time spent on identifying parts without BoMs not only hampers the efficiency of individual work orders but also accumulates into significant operational delays over time, affecting the overall productivity of maintenance operations.


  1. The Challenge: Text Descriptions in the EAM System:
  • Ambiguity in Text: The reliance on text descriptions in the EAM system introduces ambiguity. Maintenance workers face the challenge of deciphering vague or unclear descriptions, making it difficult to swiftly and accurately identify the correct part needed for a particular task.
  • Risk of Errors: Unclear text descriptions increase the risk of errors in part selection, potentially leading to the use of incorrect components, compromised equipment functionality, and the need for additional corrective measures.


  1. Strategies for Improved Part Identification:

To address the difficulty in identifying correct parts, organizations can implement strategic solutions:

  • Accurate Bills of Materials (BOMs): Develop and maintain detailed BOMs for all equipment. These serve as invaluable guides, providing clarity on the required parts and streamlining the identification process.
  • Visual Aids: Incorporate visual aids, such as diagrams or images, within the EAM system to accompany text descriptions. This enhances clarity and facilitates quicker and more accurate part identification.
  • Standardized Descriptions: Implement standardized text descriptions in the EAM system to ensure consistency and reduce ambiguity. Clear and uniform descriptions expedite the identification process.
  • Training Programs: Provide training programs for maintenance workers, focusing on effective utilization of the EAM system and strategies for efficient part identification.

Efficient identification of correct parts is the cornerstone of effective maintenance operations. By addressing challenges related to the lack of BoMs and unclear text descriptions, organizations can significantly enhance the speed and accuracy with which maintenance workers identify necessary components. The implementation of comprehensive BoMs, visual aids, standardized descriptions, and training programs is not just a procedural enhancement—it’s a strategic investment in optimizing operational efficiency and ensuring the seamless flow of maintenance tasks. In the quest for improved part identification, organizations can pave the way for a more agile and productive maintenance environment.


How Can We Help You?

Hubhead’s solutions and services can assist in creating accurate and detailed bills of materials for easy identification of parts for asset repair and maintenance. To learn more about how we can help you build better BOMs, contact us to book a demo or download our brochure.


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