The Importance of Remote Monitoring and Control Part 2
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
As we learned in Part 1: The Problem, operating your business without Remote Monitoring and Control (RMC) is similar to flying an airplane through fog with zero visibility. You are operating blind and have no idea whether you are on course or if any dangers lie ahead. To reach your destination, your business needs instruments that show your current status and the target ahead. This allows you to navigate in a pitch-black dark, zero visibility situation. Companies that do not implement RMC face challenges such as lack of direction, target goals, accountability, and predictive maintenance. RMC is the solution that allows organizations to view real-time analyses and monitor the health of their systems. This is your guide to the advantages of an RMC.
Understanding Where You Are
You have to understand where you are before you can get where you are going. This is true in all types of businesses spanning every industry. Let's say that one of your company's goals is to maximize machine performance. This includes minimizing downtime and ensuring that every component of the machine is operating optimally for maximum efficiency. Before you can take the steps necessary to elevate the machine's performance, you first need a baseline. RMC gives you the ability to understand how your machine is currently operating, through real-time numbers and analysis reports so that you and your team can see the steps needed to achieve the desired result.
PLC Group's RMC solutions are applicable to the following industries:
Oil and gas companies
Identify Areas of Improvement
Let's go back to the example above, where your goal is to maximize machine performance. To improve performance, you have to identify the specific areas of operation that are working really well, and the areas that need improvement. For example, if the reports tell you that the conveyor belt portion of the machine is running slower than the manufacturer specifications, you know that you need to have the conveyor belt inspected and potentially upgraded. Focus more of your team's time and energy on the areas that need improvement versus flying blindly and wasting time on areas that are working at maximum efficiency.
Quickly Identify and Resolve Problems
The longer an issue goes unidentified, the bigger the issue becomes, and the more your bottom line is negatively affected. Going back to the problem with the conveyor belt; let's say that the cause of the conveyor belt's poor performance has yet to be identified because there is no RMC in place. What is yet to be realized is that the belt is running poorly because it has slightly loosened and is catching on a bolt. Every time the belt catches, it is damaged slightly. Eventually, the belt breaks. The machine is now not just running slow but experiencing downtime until the issue is fixed. Repairs could have been made after-hours, and downtime avoided if the issue was detected sooner with RMC.
Stop Procrastinating and Start Planning
Manually tracking systems is time-consuming, costly, and prone to human error. RMC gives you a clear picture of the current status of your business's operations from one easy-to-access centralized location. This frees up you and your team to stop procrastinating and focus on making a plan to maximize your systems' health. Understand where you are, identify areas of improvement, and quickly identify and resolve issues with RMC.
Complete visibility is one of the most powerful tools you can have in your arsenal when running your business effectively. Implementing remote monitoring and control is one of the best ways to increase your bottom line and stay at your respective industry's forefront. Click here to get started with PLC Group's comprehensive RMC solutions!
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