The Importance of Data Integrity in Asset Management


Data integrity in industrial asset management must be present at all stages of production. It allows for more assertive decision-making and gives planners & schedulers the ability to anticipate when preventive maintenance on essential equipment should be done.


Improving data integrity through new asset monitoring and management technology will improve production – and make processes more secure & optimized overall. An asset management system integrated throughout a plant’s workflow is one of the safest and most efficient solutions to maintain data integrity.


Due to the ability of these systems to guarantee the technical integrity of operations, employee safety and the reliability of facilities and equipment, the benefits they offer are innumerable.


An organization's assets can be divided into two categories:

  • Material Assets:  machinery, equipment, infrastructure, furniture, vehicles

  • Intangible Assets: patents, licenses, intellectual property, usage rights

These assets are essential to the existence of a company; therefore, they are also essential for its growth. The management of such assets is crucial to maintaining the efficiency of activities and represents a critical factor on expanding the business.



Data Integrity for Asset Management

Preserving data integrity means keeping information:

  • Accurate

  • Viewable

  • Updated

These goals can be met using software that collects and updates data in real time, which makes it possible to interpret data quickly and lets managers know what the maintenance team is doing.


This data can sometimes be created by the machines themselves, through Artificial Intelligence. The devices send alerts that allow operators to make key decisions quickly, if necessary, with greater technical support.


Data integrity cuts to the core of asset management. The greater the amount of information collected about machine performance and activities, the more useful the data will ultimately be.


Some benefits of data integrity:

  • More secure operations

  • Decreased errors

  • Reduced costs

  • Improved ROI

  • Minimized risks

Successful asset management allows for necessary maintenance and avoids needless delays and expenses. In addition, predicting necessary repairs avoids production interruptions and errors, helping the entire company to save money and work efficiently.



Protecting Assets Through Technology


The use of industry technologies is increasing, whether to assist in production, maintenance or even management activities. And it’s easy to understand why. New technology promotes:

  • Standardization of processes

  • Data accuracy & access

  • Improvement in MTTR and MTBF

  • More thorough inspections

  • Faster response to notifications

  • Higher team productivity

  • Efficient delivery of parts and materials

The era of digital transformation is a reality for many companies. The adoption of automated processes, robotics, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and 5G has boosted data integrity and overall performance.


Machines and integrated equipment can now exchange information with each other, without the need for paper records or manual work.


In fact, processes that still use manual tasks – using paper for work orders & notifications for example – are at much higher risks of inaccurate data and preventable delays.



Mobile Asset Management


Technology in general brings huge benefits, but digital mobile maintenance systems have been an incredible boon to many asset-intensive businesses recently. In addition to allowing maintenance teams to view, update and dispatch info from anywhere, using ubiquitous devices like smartphone and tablets makes the entire process extremely intuitive.


With a mobile solution, technicians can spend more time in the field doing needed work while managers develop better high-level maintenance plans.


Mobile solutions can provide data in real time, avoiding errors and offering more security.




With so many benefits brought to data integrity and asset management by technology, there certainly is a Return on Investment. These are the two types of ROI derived from the benefits we’ve discussed:


Immediate: Optimization of Labor


The use of mobility solutions starts to show immediate results. In general, these ROI benefits are associated with labor:

  • 90% reduction in order dispatch time

  • Elimination of movement and printing time

  • 70% reduction in field notes

  • Standardized catalogs and lists

  • Online/offline data access

  • 100% reduction in printing costs.

Medium-Term: Process Improvements


Medium-term results start to show when the use of the mobile asset management solution is at a more mature stage, and completely integrated into the company's maintenance workflow.


Some examples:

  • Accurate and standardized information received from the field team

  • Accurate machine time calculations

  • Backlog order reduction

  • Greater resource availability & predictability

  • Reduced machine and production downtime

Discover Sigga's Solution


Through boosting data integrity and other crucial plant maintenance foundations, Sigga Mobile EAM enables better decision-making and allows for greater control of expenses, security and compliance.


We cover the entire production chain, including maintenance, equipment monitoring and technician management. All of this has major positive impacts on data integrity, equipment performance and industrial infrastructure.


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