• S/4HANA is Tomorrow’s SAP

    By Kristina Gordon, Illumiti Many operations that run SAP ECC (ERP Central Component) are transitioning to SAP S/4HANA. The way of the future, this cloud-based system uses an app-oriented launch pad that makes maneuvering in the system easier than ever for maintenance technicians and those working in the field. The launch pad is completely customizable to […]

  • Target Tips for Thermographers

    Obtaining quality data during an infrared (IR) inspection hinges on the use of proper equipment, thermographer training, and knowledge of the inspected system. Thus, it’s imperative for thermographers to familiarize themselves with the construction and operation of the object(s) to be imaged before inspections begin. 1. Prior to performing an IR inspection of an object […]

  • Have You Met RPA?

    Despite proven benefits, some organizations still struggle to switch from legacy applications to a cloud-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) system. As explained by Dharm Sadasivan of the Plymouth, MI-based IT consulting firm Thirdware (thirdware.com), Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can ease the move by bridging the gap between old and new. Not familiar with RPA? Sadasivan […]

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  • Trades People Need Ergonomics, Too

    Q : How does ergonomics apply to trades? A:  Ergonomics (human factors) is made up of two Greek words, ergon (to work) and nomos (law). OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, osha.gov) defines ergonomics as the study of work. More specifically, ergonomics is the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather than physically forcing […]

  • MC/RAV Metric Drives Improvement

    One metric that can help target improvement goals is MC/RAV (Maintenance Cost/Replacement Asset Value), used by all types of industries and scalable to all sizes of facilities. What does the metric really tell you? The formula and definitions below are consistent with the SMRP Body of Knowledge (used with permission): Total Maintenance Cost/RAV (%) = […]

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