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Determining optimal staffing for maintenance departments

October 12, 2021

By Philip Hanekom, Associate Consultant at Pragma Africa Any Asset Management (AM) system either fails or succeeds because of people. Competence, process discipline and capacity are key, and without these fundamentals, in place, any system is bound to be ineffective. This article will focus on capacity, but first, let’s take a quick look at the […]

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Better tech. Better asset registers. Better decision-making.

September 22, 2021

A good foundation keeps a house standing and protects you from untimely losses. The same goes for the management of physical assets, where a proper asset register forms the foundation for all decisions made about your organisation’s tangible assets. Knowing what assets you have, what condition they are in, where they are, and other specific […]

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Digital Transformation | A reality check

September 22, 2021

Digital transformation is high on the agenda of many companies across the world and all industries. The manufacturing industry has been flooded with IoT and digitalisation-based content, including videos, webinars and articles. The solutions often seem too advanced and very pricey. IoT is not new to the industry, but its use is growing in intensity, […]

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Do municipal asset management software systems enable better asset management?

September 20, 2021

Author | Dasagen Pather, Solutions Specialist Through all the legislative requirements of GRAP[1] and mSCOA[2], we have seen a growing emphasis on asset management within local government during the past decade. Naturally, there has also been a lot of focus on software systems to support the various requirements. Still, for the most part, these system […]

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What training and learning pathways are available for aspiring reliability engineers

September 20, 2021

Good reliability engineering forms the cornerstone of an organisation’s ability to deliver its asset management objectives. In our first article on this topic, The Role and Importance of Reliability Engineering, we discussed the role and responsibilities of a reliability engineer. We looked at where and how reliability engineers (REs) fit into an organisation, the data […]

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The role and importance of Reliability Engineering

August 31, 2021

The question often arises on the actual role and responsibility of a Reliability Engineer. This article considers where Reliability Engineers fit into an organisation, what kind of data they require, and when and how it should be provided. We also look at their key challenges and possible solutions to address these challenges. In more recent […]

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Asset Health Monitoring

August 16, 2021

Back in 2019, researchers from Verdantix identified the trends in technology roadmaps for asset management technologies and compiled a helpful graphic to illustrate the value and associated growth of these technologies. Of interest to us at the time was the rapid growth and high value associated with Asset Reliability Analytics, Fault Detection and Diagnostics and […]

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Is convenient repair request logging the key to improved uptime?

July 14, 2021

The right tools, appropriate systems and accurate data could make a considerable impact on the ease and speed at which equipment is repaired in your organisation. Verdantix’s latest research (Verdantix, December 2020, Global Corporate Survey 2020: Operational Excellence Budgets, Priorities & Tech Preferences) suggests that: the Covid-19 pandemic is driving organisations worldwide to invest more […]

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The foundations of infrastructure asset management | Considering financial and engineering asset registers

July 13, 2021

From a physical asset management perspective, it is essential to remember that asset registers fulfil more than a compliance role. Operationally, asset registers are critical for proper record keeping, managing physical assets, and validating spend on assets to track the return on investment. Pragma recently hosted a colloquium focusing on the foundations of infrastructure asset […]

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