Maintenance scheduling that delivers more uptime and more production
Ensuring that your maintenance schedule maximizes tool time while making the most efficient use of your people can be tricky to do. Often, maintenance is performed too early, leading to unnecessarily high maintenance costs, or it’s done too late, increasing the likelihood of equipment failure and a halt in production. With a sophisticated built-in maintenance model coupled with an AI-powered optimization engine, Actenum DSO/Maintenance provides accurate and reliable maintenance schedule optimization, which leads to improved production throughput and maximized equipment uptime.
Actenum DSO/Maintenance saves time and effort by automatically scheduling preventive, corrective, time-based, or breakdown maintenance work orders. Actenum DSO works with your computerized maintenance management system to optimize maintenance schedules, maximizing maintenance productivity (“time on tool”) while ensuring that operations are not unnecessarily interrupted. This is especially important in severe conditions where the operating environment is harsh and breakdowns are frequent.
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Q1: What is DSO/Maintenance?
DSO/Maintenance is a configurable, interactive application for scheduling and optimizing maintenance activities. It incorporates a drag-and-drop Gantt chart user interface, together with sophisticated data management capabilities, and makes it easy for you to develop and manage complex integrated operations schedules that are aligned with your business objectives.
Use DSO/Maintenance to schedule onshore or offshore maintenance operations, where resources—such as crews, cranes, and other equipment—must be assigned to activities—including preventive and corrective maintenance—according to various constraints.
DSO/Maintenance incorporates a comprehensive model of your production operations environment, and together with the fastest AI-powered optimization engine in the industry, this enables you to:
- Automatically assign resources maintenance activities in an optimal sequence, rapidly and reliably
- Interactively adjust your schedules to reflect changes and disruptions, using the drag-and-drop Gantt-based interface
- Optimize your results to align with important objectives, such as maintenance costs and resource/equipment utilization
- Collaborate effectively with your colleagues, using a consolidated operations model focused on business objectives
- Create and evaluate scenarios rapidly to identify an optimal alternative
Q2: What are the benefits of using DSO/Maintenance?
DSO/Maintenance eliminates the need for error-prone manual data entry and un-auditable collections of spreadsheets and project files. Instead, your equipment and resource information is centralized in DSO/Maintenance’s database, which is designed to manage all types of maintenance activities, and which makes information available to your other team members through Actenum’s companion web-based application, DSO/CX.
By coupling Actenum’s advanced AI-powered optimization software to DSO/Maintenance’s internal operations model and sophisticated GUI, scheduling is rapid and automatic (for example, to assign appropriate resources to specific activities while satisfying all operational and technical constraints), while errors and inconsistencies are eliminated. This provides:
- Easier management of operations complexity (hundreds or thousands of activities to carry out, limited resource availability, multiple types of activities to schedule)
- Increased confidence in your ability to achieve business objectives, such as production output and cost targets
- Improved ability to rapidly respond to budget constraints, equipment breakdowns, or crew availability limitations
- Increased resource performance and efficiency through insight into critical dates
- Reduction in costs associated with resource movement or idle time
- Immediate clarity on the impact and risks resulting from schedule changes
- Improved team alignment and collaboration around the maintenance process
Q3: How is DSO/Maintenance deployed?
DSO/Maintenance is deployed as a standalone application on a workstation, connected to a schedule database installed on an appropriate server (the DSO/Maintenance database may be installed locally or on a remote server, using Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle).
You can also deploy DSO/Maintenance using Citrix.
Q4: What data is needed to use DSO/Maintenance?
DSO/Maintenance incorporates an operations model that accommodates a wide range of data about your maintenance operations, and it uses this data in the scheduling process. The minimum information needed to use DSO/Maintenance effectively is:
- Approximate durations of activities
- Information about equipment or crew resources, such as working calendars, environmental restrictions, and dependencies
- A way to determine what resources are compatible with an activity (for example, what type of resource or team may be used on a particular equipment item, or in a specific area)
- A way to approximate the travel time between activities (only if this is of interest)
- A way to measure the quality or value of the resulting schedule; this might include measures of cost, resource use, production targets, priorities, deadline violations, and so on
Q5: How do I get started with DSO/Maintenance?
Prior to implementation, Actenum conducts a Configuration/Integration workshop with you to show your existing schedule data loaded into DSO/Maintenance, and to determine specific configuration requirements. We also explore integration with external applications for data import and export purposes.
Following the workshop, Actenum installs and configures DSO/Maintenance for initial use, and deploys the software to users. During the initial use period, Actenum works with you to ensure that your data is imported successfully, and to conduct user and administrator training.
Q6: How do I load data into DSO/Maintenance?
You can load data into DSO/Maintenance manually, or automatically using a data import capability built into the software. Most electronic forms of data are loaded automatically: DSO/Maintenance can load MS-Excel and MS-Project files directly, for example.
For data stored in relational databases, Actenum provides a connection mechanism for import/export.
Q7: Will DSO/Maintenance work with my company’s workflow and business process?
DSO/Maintenance has been designed as a flexible application with an open architecture for ease of adaptation and integration. It may be used as a stand-alone application for management of schedules (replacing other tools such as MS-Excel or MS-Project), or it may be integrated into an existing business process through the available data interchange facilities. You can rapidly and effectively configure the software to meet your operational needs, and take advantage of available data.
Q8: Can I share a DSO/Maintenance schedule with other team members?
A companion application, DSO/CX (Collaboration eXchange), provides all team members with web-based access to schedules and related information, via a workstation, tablet, or smart phone. DSO/CX enables users to view schedule Gantt charts, track activities on a map, create reporting dashboards, and focus on the aspects of a schedule in which they are most interested.
For each schedule, DSO/Maintenance will also generate a Gantt chart representation as a customizable PDF file. You can email this, or publish it on a corporate intranet.
You can also export DSO/Maintenance data to MS-Excel, and integrate it with external databases, using a connector provided by Actenum.
Q9: What reporting capabilities does DSO/Maintenance provide?
DSO/Maintenance enables you to build custom reports for specific requirements, and supports common reporting tools, such as Spotfire and Business Objects.
You can also export data to other applications, such as MS-Excel, for reporting purposes.