Not all check tasks are helpful. Have you ever asked, why is it that our PM team isn't preventing more equipment failures? 99 times out of 100, when you check your equipment it will appear to be operating as expected. Mechanics are very familiar with these odds. In fact, a task to "check" something can often be perceived as an exercise to simply check it off the list.
We've all been there when some piece of equipment breaks down and people start pointing fingers; someone digs into the PM data to see if we have been "checking" this equipment? Sure enough, you have information that says this equipment has been receiving routine checks. The problem is you don't know what that means. An employee checked the equipment, but what is your definition of checking that equipment?
First, define your checks. Your team needs to record some quantitative data that can be measured and associated with the equipment check.
Example: Imagine an employee who is directed to "check the brake pads" on a machine. Currently they may be required to record that the pads are in compliance, and in good working condition. That is a qualitative check. It is easy to quickly glance at the brake pads and report that they are in good working condition; it is even easier to simply assume they are good based on your check from yesterday, or the week before. What if instead you asked your employee to record the brake pad thickness, and a photo of it's condition?
By requiring employees to record a measurement and/or a photo of the brakes, you now have quantitative data that can be used to prevent and predict equipment failures. See an example comparison of the two different types of checks, the difference is compelling.
Second, eliminate unnecessary check tasks. Don't overdue your check tasks. The temptation is to put as many checks into your PM as possible, because we assume the checks can generally be completed quickly. This further exacerbates the problem described above. Check what is necessary. Ask yourself if the recurring frequency of the check tasks is appropriate. You would be better off getting a quantitative piece of data less often, than having a piece of paper that shows that you checked something daily.
Third, use technology wherever you can to get real time readings, and replace manual check tasks. Sensors and IoT are getting more and more affordable. Wherever possible, you should use tech to help keep a pulse on your equipment. It will save you in labor costs, and it will certainly save you in repairs and downtime if you know how to use the data.
Finally, get all of your data into one decision making platform. Put all of your check tasks and sensors to work for you in making your PM program more effective.
Improving PM check tasks will result in less unplanned downtime, guaranteed.
Located in Florida, one of our construction clients would often lose power for multiple days at a time during hurricane season. With a prior system hosted on local servers their business needs were often disrupted due to power outages leading to an inability to access projects, accounting information, personnel and dispatching information.
REDLIST is a cloud-based system that can be accessed either through a local internet connection or cellular data connection giving them multiple ways to access their critical daily operations information from REDLIST.
Less disruptions caused by power outages has resulted in an increase of uptime no matter the season or weather conditions.
Selling business-to-business is becoming increasingly difficult. Gone are the days when customer’s would consistently call up “their guy” to order this product or that service. Among the many reasons influencing these changes include improved internet connectivity, IoT, IIoT, retiring baby boomers, and an increase in the number of next generation management making company purchasing decisions. Due to the “Amazon effect” of shopping online it is becoming more and more challenging to maintain personal relationships that historically solidified customer accounts for a specific vendor.
It has never been easier to shop for what you want, when you want, and get it all at the best price. Because of that, cross shopping and price shopping is an ongoing event for your customers. Your customers want simplicity. They need to maintain their assets. And they want to do it as quickly and as affordable as possible. If you can’t differentiate your offerings through value adding services, customers may find it difficult to remain loyal. More often than not, if you can’t offer the best price for the product, you’ll lose the opportunity.
budget difficult. Your customers are looking for a concise way to streamline their processes. They’re looking for better ways to understand the tools and machines required to complete the day as well as communicate effectively with their trusted vendors.
A more efficient feedback loop for business-to-business sales would go a long way to express the overall benefit of your services.
Enter the REDLIST omni-directional feedback loop to keep everyone connected with more information than ever before.
PROACTIVE FEEDBACK EQUALS ADDED VALUE
REDLIST’s proactive approach to feedback offers significant value to all parties. These benefits include:
SO, WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN FOR YOU?
To put it simply steak dinners and special outings to keep a working relationship going just don’t cut it anymore. If you can’t differentiate yourself outside of a price point, customers are going to find it difficult to stay loyal.
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One of our clients is an internet installer and service provider for many rural areas located across the western part of the United States. They use many pieces of equipment to expand their services into additional growing rural communities. There was a great need to be more compliant with the Department of Transportation to routinely inspect equipment and resolve any failed inspection items for things like bucket trucks, ditch witches, drills, etc.
REDLIST’s Custom Forms Tool has allowed the client to now have daily reports of what pieces of equipment are in use and being inspected. REDLIST inspections help facilitate a straightforward walk-around inspections to be performed on a daily basis. Safety and Maintenance items are now reported to one central maintenance office that then schedules maintenance jobs for assets found across different states.
Stored inspection data is now handled in one database. Reports of who has done what saves a great deal of time from making dozens of phone calls every day to follow up with employees who have not completed their inspections for the day. Reports now go to management on a daily basis and have helped increase compliance by 80%. Increased accountability allows the maintenance team to be better informed of any major equipment issues that need to be addressed.
Let’s start with an easy question to get the ball rolling. You want to keep your equipment functioning at a high level, correct? That’s a no-brainer; of course you do. Now, how can you make that desire a reality? The best way to make sure your equipment is reliably performing at a high level is to implement preventative maintenance.
Preventative maintenance is also known as planned maintenance. This name captures the just of what the process is. Implementing preventative maintenance processes into your equipment care basically means that you perform routine checks on it, either based on a time or event triggers. Preventative maintenance is more than just keeping a calendar, however. Here are the basics of how it works and what makes this method the best choice for your business:
First—What Preventative Maintenance is Not
It’s Not Constant Maintenance
While preventative maintenance involves consistent scheduled checkups and fixes when necessary, this does not equal constant maintenance. You well know that maintenance isn’t free. Having constant checks and repairs is, in almost all cases, a financial impossibility.
It’s Not Predictive Maintenance
Where preventative maintenance schedules checks based on established equipment statistics, predictive maintenance tries to anticipate failure and preempt it. Essentially, predictive maintenance involves picking out signs and signals that a product may be developing an issue and then fixing it, whereas preventative maintenance relies on known data to provide an upkeep and maintenance schedule to prevent problems before you may even foresee them becoming an issue.
So, How Does Preventative Maintenance Actually Work?
It’s Based on the Numbers
The system you put in place for your equipment maintenance is not arbitrary—it’s based on statistics that you can track. Using software like what REDLIST provides (*ahem* that’s us), you’ll have product knowledge readily available to you to let you know when maintenance will be necessary.
It Integrates Knowledge-Based Tools to Optimize Performance
Preventative maintenance is more than just a system of notifications—it’s a system that helps you help your equipment in the best possible way. The software you’ll use as you implement the maintenance process will keep you up to date on the expected performance of your equipment. Then, as you inspect the equipment, the information you input will be implemented into further equipment reports and maintenance plans.
Preventative maintenance is a cost-effective way to stay up to date on the state of your equipment while making sure that problems are fixed before they have the chance to arise.
At REDLIST, we take the guesswork out of maintenance. You’ll know when maintenance needs to be done, why it needs to be done, and how to do it. Our system updates and evolves based on the information you find as you inspect your equipment, and further maintenance recommendations will be updated accordingly.
Get in touch with us today to find out how we can make your equipment last longer, be more profitable, and cause you less worry.
The maintenance team for a large cold formed steel product company is facing rapid loss of their most experienced team members’ valuable tribal knowledge due to retirement. Management sought a solution to document processes the next generation of employees could use.
REDLIST’s maintenance management will allow the maintenance teams to better track what is being done, when the task was completed, and how many parts/products were needed to perform the work. Documenting repeatable practices from those who have been at the company for a while will allow new employees to more quickly be guided into the maintenance processes. Lastly, REDLIST will assist in calculating maintenance labor time vs production downtime for each line.
By documenting current routes, processes, and managing inventory all within REDLIST this maintenance team will avoid costly production loss caused by the transition between one generation to the next. Once the transference of knowledge is completed, current workflows, based on quantifiable data, will be better understood resulting in justifiable improvements being made.
Salt Lake City, UT--August 10, 2018—Most people aren’t concerned with the processes and equipment that build the world around them. It’s certainly uncommon for people to stop and smell the “asphalt” and consider the machines and manpower required to construct the roads they drive on, the buildings they work in or even think about the facilities that manufacture the items in their home or office. But for RedList, LLC (RedList), the tech that powers heavy industry is all they think about.
Founded in the heart of Utah’s Silicon Slopes, RedList stands as tribute to the fusion of heavy equipment and software that intersects today’s construction and manufacturing companies. “A lot of people ask us why we aren’t chasing sexier industries, but really, what’s more exciting than building the tech that builds the world?” says John Keller, President of RedList. “We joke around that it may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a lot of people and machines to raise a village.” Building software that services a broad range of medium and heavy equipment industries is a big undertaking and RedList has worked with other innovative heavy equipment companies, like Wagstaff Crane, it’s Utah neighbor, to do just that.
Building something big is exactly what Wagstaff Crane does best. The three-generation, family-owned Utah business is planning to increase its lead as the Mountain West’s premier crane company. The Wagstaff leadership team has invested years of time and significant financial resources into developing its own technology and finding best-in-class systems to integrate into their management platforms. These efforts led Wagstaff Crane to collaborate with RedList, to develop the type of tools that help heavy equipment operators and their back office counterparts improve efficiencies and scale without sacrificing any of the critical safety protocols vital to their business.
For a Crane Company like Wagstaff, safety is a critical part of the business. An incident on the job for a subcontractor like Wagstaff reflects directly on the General Contractor or business that the contractor is working for. “Our customers depend on us to keep their workplace environments safe and organized,” says Jim Wagstaff, CEO of Wagstaff Crane. “Our Safety record becomes part of the history of the customers we service and so we go through great lengths to ensure that we are compliant and properly record all of our safety behaviors.”
For Wagstaff this has meant working with RedList’s software to digitize every safety form and provide workers and management full transparency to view those completed forms. “A lot of people don’t realize the impact that compliance with safety forms can actually have on their business,” says Dallen Davenport, Client Services Manager at RedList, “Workers are more aware of company initiatives, support staff are better able to catch potential safety and equipment hazards well before they happen, and productivity and profitability dramatically increase.”
Safety is only the beginning, as the internet of things (IoT) picks up pace in other industries, Wagstaff recognizes the need to be ready for IoT in the crane industry. Jim explains, “In the next 10 to 20 years, I’m confident we’ll see sensors integrated into all of our equipment and the equipment we’re lifting. We need a platform to integrate all of this data and tie it into our best practices so management can leverage it for the benefit of our customers. That’s why we started using RedList--to prepare now, for the future that we know is coming.”
In some sense, the relationship between RedList and Wagstaff Crane reflects a lot of the momentum people in Utah are experiencing right now. As the booming Utah tech economy continues to generate more jobs, more businesses are building to keep up with the growth, translating into more opportunities for construction related businesses who in turn are adopting more technology to keep up. “It’s a virtuous cycle,” says Casey Pettingill, the CEO of Red Pepper Software, “There’s not a better place to be in tech and construction than the state of Utah.”
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About Wagstaff Crane and RedList, LLC
Wagstaff Crane was founded in 1963, and has since grown to be one of the premier lifting companies in the intermountain area of the United States. Currently led by a third generation of Wagstaffs, the company continues to grow and provide crane services to many of the nation’s leading heavy equipment manufacturers and operators. http://www.wagstaffcrane.com
RedList, LLC was founded in 2015, and specializes in providing computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), work order management systems and safety communication platforms for businesses that use heavy equipment. Other customers of RedList include businesses in industries like telecommunications, mining, equipment rental, steel, food and beverage, manufacturing, construction and more. https://yourredlist.com
The maintenance team at a large cement manufacturing company was in search of both a lubrication and maintenance management solution. Although they have SAP corporate wide, their maintenance team desired a more user friendly, less cumbersome experience for their front-line operators.
REDLIST’s Reliability Suite has allowed the client to routinely manage efforts for more than a dozen different lubrication related routes. Additionally, REDLIST custom forms has empowered the maintenance team to build and customize their Daily Predictive Inspection that helps capture information easily and communicate current and most up-to-date asset temperature levels, oil levels, and equipment conditions. Results are useful analytics to review between the maintenance and environmental personnel.
By automating their internal communications for both preventative and reactive maintenance the management has increased uptime by reducing time spent having collected data being re-typed manually into other systems, reducing the number of trips a lubricator makes going back and forth to get certain tools during a route, reducing communication touches through easy sharing of reports without any internal maintenance and environmental personnel by the click of a button.