Tim Collier, Commercial Director
Industries that are traditionally asset-intensive, such as utilities, IT, mission-critical real estate, and more, have long been exposed to a persistent challenge: effective asset management to ensure those assets are generating revenue, not costing money due to underperformance or an unexpected stoppage. Sooner or later, all machines malfunction or fail, resulting in a wide range of consequences—unplanned downtime, derailed productivity, excessive repair expenses, all of which are non-predictable and have a detrimental impact on a company's bottom line. What if companies could identify which asset, or even which component within the equipment or panel is likely to fail and repair it before it causes problems? While the idea might seem simple, finding an efficient way to ensure the same is no easy feat.
This is where Infralogix is moving the needle for companies by enabling them to achieve reliability excellence and embrace a more proactive approach to asset management. Infralogix—a professional reliability service firm providing single-sourced (design-build) solutions—helps companies effectively address and eliminate asset/equipment performance issues with its premier predictive maintenance, reliability consulting, and maintenance support services. “Companies should consider maintenance as an investment rather than a necessary evil or cost-center. To achieve a return on that investment, organizations must create effective maintenance strategies and integrate equipment care with production activities,” says Tim Collier, Commercial Director at Infralogix.
Infralogix's full spectrum of services helps its customers effectively assess and maintain the availability, condition, and optimal performance of their assets. “We believe there are three interlocking principles that support effective business: ‘people, process, and platform’. To achieve lasting improvement and exceptional plant performance, companies need to connect and address all three of these components holistically,” notes Collier. To this end, Infralogix takes a reliability-centered approach to effective predictive maintenance strategy development and program integration. Reconciling inspection results, production, and predictive maintenance in the context of a plant’s overall reliability, Infralogix embeds improvements in the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to ensure that results are sustainable and repeatable. Infralogix’s pragmatic approach includes these elements by providing hands-on experience, being involved in predictive (PDM) and condition-based maintenance (CBM) services, all the way to training and culture improvement, and implementing the necessary solutions in the CMMS to deliver the desired business performance.
Through its reliability consulting services, Infralogix facilitates the design and implementation of improvements to asset maintenance and reliability systems, including CMMS optimization, workflows, processes, and procedures.
We believe there are three interlocking principles that support effective business: ‘people, process, and platform’. In order to achieve lasting improvement and exceptional plant performance, companies need to connect and address all three of these components holistically
The company employs a proven methodology designed to better leverage each client's system capabilities, improve their reliability program results, and maximize ROI. The Infralogix predictive (PDM) and condition-based maintenance (CBM) services, on the other hand, help clients to ensure effective and efficient ongoing equipment care, avoid unplanned downtime, increase energy efficiency, and reduce safety risks through accurate assessment of assets. Collier explains that it is crucial for companies to properly integrate predictive (PDM/CBM) maintenance strategies and programs with operations and maintenance processes. “Identifying conditions alone won't be of value if such information doesn’t translate into repair/replacement work orders that can be effectively and efficiently executed. Similarly, if the CMMS implementation is not configured sufficiently to either sustain or improve equipment performance, then companies are clearly missing out on the benefits of their investment in all the steps in that process, ” says Collier. “We assess where our clients fit in the spectrum of services we offer, identify the gaps/challenges in their existing processes, and accordingly build a solution which can be easily monitored and tracked with key performance indicators,” he adds.
To help maintenance organizations achieve their reliability goals and execute the plan they have in place, Infralogix provides maintenance support services and augments client resources with skilled and experienced professionals. The company offers an expert interpretation of results and recommendations to the client's staff to proactively address equipment care conditions before they result in costly problems. With a unique combination of system-level improvement services, equipment-focused predictive (PDM) and condition-based (CBM) maintenance services, and broad industry experience across diverse markets, Infralogix delivers unprecedented value to its customers. Today, Infralogix supports over 100 companies in 12 different industries, including pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, manufacturing (both light and heavy), commercial real estate, financial services, construction, utilities, and more.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased insourcing by companies in the U.S and an expansion of local manufacturing environments. With sights set on steady growth, Infralogix aims to capitalize on these new opportunities. The company is looking to forge partnerships to provide more integrated reliability solutions for a broader range of problems. In 2020, the company partnered with Grainger—a premier industrial supplies and equipment provider—to provide a complete solution for spare parts and storeroom maintenance. To address the education aspects of reliability, Infralogix has also partnered with Mobius Institute, a leading provider of reliability improvement, condition monitoring, and precision maintenance education, for reliability training. “Our ability to offer complementary training with predictive maintenance and inspection services aligns perfectly with our vision of connecting people, process, and platform, ” remarks Collier.