The current data-driven world is propelling businesses forward. The digital industrial revolution is streamlining operations, ultimately supporting our client’s data management processes.
In asset-centric operations, data is arguably the most valuable assets. Without data, or more specifically accurate and comparative data, decision making is instantly challenged.
Clients are seeking continual advancement to their data management processes and through this, shifting their maintenance models from reactive to predictive. Today we are seeing clients employing increasingly intelligent data management practices and in response, seeing their Total Cost of Ownership lowered and their Non-Productive Time (NPT) lowered.
InFIR, our Infield Inspection and Reporting System, is one tool supporting our client’s data management advancements. InFIR is ALS’s data capture and reporting solution which digitises data at the point of inspection. The system has been designed to streamline the inspection process and ultimately support the reduction of downtime and maintenance outputs.
InFIR creates an individual location for storing inspection data, and through this standardisation, becomes a focused platform for communicating data and in-turn communicating issues. The almost real-time visibility of inspection data creates visibility of open issues and supports prompt and immediate action. When data is disparately stored, this level of understanding is immediately challenged.
When referring to standardisation within the InFIR context, we are referring to the consistency of inspection methodology, reporting formats and post-capture data organisation. Whether capturing data in regional Western Australia or Tasmania, our clients can expect reports which look consistent and are consistently organised. Through this standardsation process, four clear advantages become apparent; elevated process performance, elevated client confidence, elevated turnaround timeframes and elevated communication channels.
The reality is that many asset-centric operations continue to operate without data standardisation, with asset maintenance data stored disparately – sometimes across completely different business units and locations.
The data standardisation drive is giving data greater meaning and ensures greater data quality.
The InFIR process aims to support immediately accessible and actionable reporting.
This standardisation eliminates reporting ambiguity and enforces a high-quality baseline across reporting procedures. With this, we’ve seen surprising secondary benefits – like boosted productivity and employee morale. Our InFIR trained technicians have reported a heightened level of confidence in their data capture and reporting practices, and have seen a reduction in human error.
Looking big picture, standarisation affords the optimisation of integrity and reliability programs.
Our team have witnessed clients within the mining industry reap considerable benefits through InFIR. The complex nature of mining operations coupled with the almost nonexistent allowances for unplanned operational downtime, make systems such as InFIR invaluable.
InFIR is innovating the data capture and management process. It is positioning asset operators in the mining industry, and industries beyond, with standardisation and data accessibility. It is a solution our team continues to develop in line with the shifting trends of digital age and requirements of ALS’s diverse cliental.
Discover more about InFIR here.