Again and again in this blog, we’ve mentioned how clean materials data can improve spare parts searches, which saves your workers time and helps them do their jobs more efficiently. A cleanse makes your spare parts data easier to search, but how exactly can it do that? There are a few ways!

How a cleanse makes your spare parts searches quick and simple

1. Improve the accuracy of your spare parts data: This includes removing obsolete spare parts that are no longer used, duplicated spare parts that exist in the EAM system, or renaming or reclassifying parts that are not accurately named or classified. This can cut down the time that workers spend sifting through confusing information and help them get directly to the data they need when doing a spare parts search in their EAM system.

2. Organize your vendor documents and link them to EAM equipment and their locations: A cleanse is a chance to ensure that your vendor documents are in sync with the equipment in your system. This way, when looking at a work order and doing a spare parts search, workers and planners also have access to all the relevant vendor documentation for the equipment.  This helps them plan work more quickly and efficiently, giving them more wrench time.
3. Enhance data visualization or add illustrated parts catalogues: Imagine trying to build a piece of furniture from Ikea (which is already stressful!), but not having a set of instructions with pictures of the different screws, drawers, and handles to tell you which part goes where. A materials data cleanse is a chance to add or update visuals in your EAM system to make spare parts easier to find and understand. Then you can connect obscure identification numbers and names to the visual diagrams and pictures of equipment in the EAM system, so identifying different parts is as simple as looking a photo of a bin (for example) rather than trying to imagine where a spare part may be or what it may look like.
Your materials cleanse should be simple too

Each of these components can be a huge undertaking within a materials cleansing project. Rather than taking on all three tasks listed above, picking one that best suits the needs of your EAM system at the moment may be best. Regardless of which way you want to improve your materials data quality, hopefully this list demonstrates the many ways a cleanse is an opportunity to enrich and enhance the materials data in your EAM system and improve the way workers carry out a spare parts search. If you’d like to learn more about enhancing the quality of your spare parts data, check out one of our resources below, or book a demo with us to see if NRX AssetHub can be a part of your next cleanse!

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