Predictive maintenance has emerged as a powerful tool, allowing companies to proactively address issues before they escalate into costly problems. Our innovative solution, the Spreader Monitoring System (SMS), makes spreader health monitoring easy and effortless.
There are four key benefits of using our Spreader Monitoring System. Keep reading to find out how our customers benefit from SMS in their daily operations!
Lets you gain valuable insights with early indicators
It is easy to overlook monitoring the health of equipment until a problem arises. SMS changes this paradigm by providing early indications of potential issues in spreaders. This enables terminal operators to take preemptive action.
A customer of ours is a great example of this. After the SMS was implemented and initial issues were addressed collaboratively, they discovered a peculiar operational issue. During servicing between spreaders, they encountered interruptions and delays which were impacting productivity. Together with SMS, they investigated and uncovered a logic issue in the crane program. Addressing this problem resulted in over 100 hours of annual operational downtime savings. This issue would have been challenging to identify without data-driven insights. SMS brought transparency to the problem, making it evident.
By listening to the data from sensor signal stability, motor power consumption and other factors, the algorithm in SMS offers valuable insights into spreader health. This allows operators to select the optimal lineup, plan necessary maintenance and avoid costly interruptions during loading and unloading operations.
Enhances productivity with real-time monitoring
Traditionally, maintenance execution personnel have relied on manual inspections and feedback from equipment operators to identify problems. SMS revolutionizes this approach by providing instant, real-time feedback on spreader health. Operators now have access to comprehensive data on their computer screens, highlighting any emerging issues.
A customer took this integration to the next level. They installed SMS on a large touchscreen within their maintenance operations area. This innovation facilitated immediate access to vital spreader health data for the entire maintenance team. Consequently, as they approached any spreader for maintenance work, they were equipped with real-time insights.
This immediate access to accurate information made informed decision-making effortless and empowered maintenance teams to optimize daily operations productively.
Results in efficiency and time savings
Customers across diverse regions were grappling with the challenge of collecting and inputting data for scheduled maintenance. The traditional process was painstakingly manual. Teams would visit each spreader, record readings for moves and running hours, and then proceed to the next one. This process consumed a significant amount of time and was prone to inaccuracies during manual data entry into their asset management systems.
However, when implementing SMS, this tedious process underwent a transformation. SMS offered a solution that provided instant access to critical data. Users could effortlessly copy-paste or download the necessary information. Some customers even invested in IT integration, creating a seamless flow of data from spreaders into their asset management systems.
As our customers demonstrate, the transition to SMS enables the maintenance team to make quicker and more informed decisions. SMS brings significant improvements to efficiency, especially when it comes to terminals and maintenance operations. Instead of manually collecting and inputting data from each spreader, the system provides readily available information at any operator’s fingertips. This automation allows maintenance teams to focus on essential tasks which results in saving valuable time and resources.
One of the remarkable aspects of SMS is its ability to diagnose and resolve complex problems efficiently. For instance, a terminal operator customer faced a challenging situation where a spreader got stuck in a ship cell. This scenario not only disrupted productivity but also posed a potential safety risk. The common practice for resolving these situations up until SMS has involved a physical investigation, which can be hazardous.
SMS introduced a game-changing element to this scenario. Operators could now remotely diagnose the problem by simply looking at their smartphones. While some physical intervention might still be required, they now had a clear understanding of where to go and how to resolve the issue.
This innovation not only saves time but also enhances safety protocols by minimizing risky physical investigations.
Watch the video below for more details on how our global customers have benefitted from our solution. We’ll share practical use cases that focus on what kind of problems our customers were facing and how the SMS helped them solve these issues.