Every decade or so, there’s a disruptive technology that changes everything. It impacts how we live and fundamentally changes the way we work. The cloud is one of those disruptive technologies – and its impact is being felt across every industry, in every job and within every workplace.
Even those workplaces where things are being built, maintained or repaired.
Facilities managers, factory operators and building owners spend a lot of money on large pieces of equipment – boilers, air conditioners, elevators and other equipment that is necessary for keeping their doors open, keeping the lights on and keeping the line running. They rely on their own maintenance staff and the companies that build the equipment – the original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs – to keep that equipment operational.
However, maintenance staff are often stretched thin or overworked. They also aren’t truly experts on every individual piece of equipment. They’re jacks of all trades, but not masters of any one boiler, or air condition. So, when things break, they find themselves relying on the OEMs for service and support.
In the past, that meant describing the problem over the phone to a customer service person at the OEM and having a service call arranged. The technician would show up and diagnose the problem. They would often then realize they need new parts, and have to leave without fixing the equipment, only to return and finish the job later. All of this time, the equipment – which was necessary for operation – was sitting broken and idle.
Today, new “Cloud with a Purpose” solutions are entering the marketplace that are making it possible to for manufacturers to monitor and maintain their equipment remotely, taking pressure off overworked maintenance teams.
By network-enabling their things, and monitoring them in the cloud, OEMs are essentially ushering in a new era of increased sustainability, improved maintenance and better bottom lines for every facility manager, building owner or factory operator that ever had to open their check book to pay for an expensive piece of equipment.
In some industries, networking individual pieces of equipment has been coined, “The Internet of things.” In this industry it’s been called, “The Industrial Internet of Things.” Regardless of what you call it, the cloud is what makes it possible.
As with the emergence of any new, disruptive technology, OEMs that have been doing business for years without “Cloud with a Purpose” solutions could be confused and have questions about why they’re necessary, the benefits they can deliver and what they can do for them. We launched Modern Equipment Manufacturer to help answer those questions.
On this site, we’ll be looking at the exciting news, trends and advancements being made in the manufacturing and cloud-enabling of equipment. We’ll be looking at case studies and use cases that detail the benefits that cloud-enabled equipment can deliver, and we’ll be speaking directly to industry leaders and technology companies that are driving this industrial revolution forward.
We encourage you to check back every week for new, exciting content. And we also encourage you to reach out to us. We want Modern Equipment Manufacturer to be a community of facilities managers, OEMs, equipment operators and facility owners that are working together to advance the industry and their interests. But we can only make that happen if we interact and engage each other.