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Understanding HelloHouston and Its Impact on Manufacturing

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

In the fast-paced industrial landscape, there's an ever-increasing demand for improved operational efficiency and predictive maintenance. This is where HelloHouston comes into play. As technology evolves, so does the scope and capabilities of those platforms. In this article, we’ll explore what constitutes a 'new generation' CMMS and how HelloHouston can be transformative for factories.


What is a HelloHouston ?

Traditional CMMS systems were primarily designed to digitise the maintenance function, replacing paper-based records and providing a digital platform for logging and tracking maintenance tasks. While they were revolutionary for their time, technology has since advanced leaps and bounds.


HelloHouston is characterised by:

  • Intuitive User Interfaces: Designed to be user-friendly, it allows for swift onboarding and reduces the learning curve.

  • Integration Capabilities: These systems can seamlessly integrate with other enterprise software like ERP, IIoT devices, and more.

  • Mobile Functionality: Maintenance personnel can access the system, update tasks, and view critical data directly from mobile devices.

  • Cloud-Based Platforms: Providing real-time access to data from any location, reducing IT infrastructure costs and improving data security.

  • Predictive Maintenance Capabilities: Through our partner network, we enable the anticipation of equipment failures and the optimisation of maintenance schedules.


Impact of HelloHouston on Factories

1. Enhanced Efficiency: HelloHouston allows for streamlined processes, reducing downtime and ensuring that maintenance tasks are completed efficiently. It aids in eliminating unnecessary paperwork and manual entry errors.


💡 Studies have shown that adopting a modern CMMS can result in an up to 20% reduction in equipment downtime.

➡️ For a factory operating 24/7, this could mean nearly 1,750 additional operational hours annually.


2. Cost Savings: With preventive maintenance capabilities, factories can move away from reactive or calendar-based maintenance. This reduces unplanned outages and extends the life of the equipment, leading to significant savings.


💡 Manufacturing that implement preventive maintenance techniques through CMMS see, on average, a 20% extension in asset lifespan.

➡️ For machinery costing $500,000 and having an expected life of 10 years, this can mean an additional 2 years of operational life and potential.


3. Data-Driven Decisions: Integration with IIoT devices and other factory systems provides a goldmine of data. This data, when analysed, can offer insights into optimizing processes, understanding equipment behavior, and making informed strategic decisions.


💡 According to the Aberdeen Group, organisations using a new generation CMMS solutions can witness a 14% reduction in equipment breakdowns and a 12% reduction in overall maintenance costs. These reductions are often due to data-driven decision-making and proactive maintenance strategies.

➡️ Through data analysis, a major Belgian chocolate producer reduced unplanned stoppages by 18% and saved 10% on maintenance costs within a year, while also improving the quality of its products.


4. Improved Asset Lifespan: Regular and timely maintenance, informed by real-time data and predictive analytics, ensures that factory assets are always in top condition, which extends their lifespan.


💡 Regular maintenance, informed by real-time data, ensures that machinery is always in optimal condition, extending its lifespan.

➡️ Early detection of anomalies in pasteurizers helped prevent unplanned shutdowns. As a result, the company recorded a 25% reduction in major breakdowns over a year. This improvement led to estimated savings of 1.5 million euros, primarily due to reduced product waste, optimised production time, and extended equipment lifespan.


5. Safety & Compliance: Safety is paramount in any factory setting. HelloHouston assists in tracking safety procedures, ensuring equipment is maintained to safety standards, and documenting compliance for audits.


💡In France, the National Institute for Research and Safety (INRS) estimated that workplace accidents resulted in financial costs amounting to €62 billion in 2017, which encompasses direct costs (like medical expenses) and indirect costs (like production downtime).

➡️ For a medium/large-sized factory, even a modest 10% reduction in accidents due to better safety measures and equipment maintenance through a CMMS could translate to substantial financial savings.


6. Increased Flexibility and Scalability: Being cloud-based, HelloHouston can easily scale as a factory grows. Plus, with mobile access, maintenance can be coordinated from anywhere, offering flexibility in operations.


💡 According to a Gartner study, 80% of agri-food companies that adopted cloud-based solutions observed a 25% improvement in the speed of deploying new systems and features, allowing for increased responsiveness to market changes.

➡️ With its mobile access, a company specialising in canned fruits and vegetables reduced unplanned shutdowns by 18% and increased its overall production by 12%.


7. Resource Optimisation: With clear visibility into maintenance schedules, workforce allocation becomes more efficient. Maintenance managers can assign tasks based on priority, and workers' skills and availability, ensuring that resources are used optimally.


💡 According to the Plant Engineering 2018 Maintenance Study, 72% of manufacturing plants scheduled their maintenance, but only 51% used a CMMS.

➡️ By using HelloHouston, generate a 28% decrease in breakdowns due to better resource allocation and scheduling.


In Conclusion

HelloHouston is not just an upgrade : it's a transformational tool. It brings factories into the digital age, making them smarter, more efficient, and more competitive. As the industrial landscape becomes more interconnected and data-driven, adopting such a system is not just beneficial – it's essential.

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