The difference between a Smart Inspection Platform and a CMMS
A SIP differs from a CMMS slightly in that it is made up of three core components. These are:
- Smart Inspections
- Smart Monitoring (using IoT technology)
- Smart Workflows
Let’s take a look at what these three terms mean and why they are important features for every modern business.
How do smart inspections work?
Smart Inspections use a combination of IoT, cloud technology and data to understand the condition of a physical asset.
Individual assets are added to the Smart Inspection Platform (SIP) and relevant checklists are linked to these. Field technicians (or office staff - depending on your use case) are guided through each inspection via the checklists. To ensure detailed and accurate information is being documented, images can be attached to inspections (where appropriate).
Assets that can be monitored through Smart Inspections range from computers to heavy duty vehicles; there is no limit to what this technology can monitor.
If a business has a physical asset which is required to deliver an output, it can be monitored using this technology.
Having a Smart Inspection Platform allows you to better understand your business environment and predict where you are going to face challenges or where you will incur an additional cost if something fails.
Example of the application of smart inspections
If you were a facilities manager running a large environment, like a shopping mall, you could deploy a smart inspection platform to manage suppliers / service providers, holding them to their Service Level Agreements (SLA).
In an environment like this you often have multiple providers who each have different functions. As a facilities manager you have to understand who is contracted to do what, and if they are delivering. A SIP gives you full visibility of your operations, allowing you to take back control and streamline the facility management process.
Read our article, How Smart Inspections will revolutionize your business, to learn more about the advantages of switching to digital over paper-based asset inspections.
How does Smart Monitoring via IoT work?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a brilliant network of physical items (things) that are connected and made “smart” via the cloud (internet). Smart Monitoring uses IoT technology to help companies maintain their equipment as well as deploy field technicians responsively.
This means businesses have the potential to reap rich insights from the torrent of real-time data and machine-and-human interactions in their environments.
Connecting your assets to your Smart Inspection Platform via IoT
Various ‘sensors’ are embedded in your equipment to connect them to your Smart Inspection Platform. The sensors are programmed to assess different performance parameters and to ‘communicate’ this information back to the Smart Inspection Platform via the internet.
IoT has shifted the way business decisions are made because it enables proactive maintenance. Using a Smart Inspection Platform and IoT devices, you can be notified of risks in real-time allowing you to proactively prevent them.
There is no longer a need for valuable time to be wasted assessing if a physical item is functioning as it should be. This time can be focused where it is actually required. When an asset goes down, a notification is instantly triggered via your SIP to alert your technician that the asset is offline.
Read our article, Everything You Need to Know About Using IoT for Digital Transformation, to learn why IoT should definitely be included in your digital transformation road map.