Equipment Overview
  • 16 Nov 2022
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Equipment Overview

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Article Summary

Tracking equipment maintenance is a cumbersome and opaque process that can lead to manufacturing delays if maintenance status is not properly tracked or preventative maintenance is not proactively conducted. Our MES empowers organizations to proactively manage equipment maintenance to avoid downtime.

The Equipment Hierarchy

One of the ways our MES does this is by allowing organizations to group equipment with common attributes into "classes." An equipment class is an attribute possessed by an equipment instance, which is the physical equipment itself.
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You must add equipment classes and subclasses to the Manuals MES before you can add any equipment instances.

An example of an equipment class might be a "scale," in which case we may expect to find equipment subclasses such as "benchtop," "analytical balance," or "platform."

An example of an equipment instance, which has inherited the equipment class, "scale," and the equipment subclass, "benchtop," might include a precision counting scale as the physical instance.

How to navigate to Equipment

To navigate to Equipment Classes/Subclasses or Equipment Instances, hover over the navigation panel on the left and click Equipment.

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Standard Equipment Properties

Equipment classes possess a series of default standard properties, but an organization can create additional custom properties as needed.

All standard properties are disabled by default to provide your organization the flexibility to determine exactly which properties to attach to each individual equipment class.

Continuing our scale example, one standard property an organization might be expected to enable and attach to the scale equipment class, is unit of measure.

Custom Equipment Properties

Should a user fail to find the standard property they wish to attach to a class, they can quickly and easily create a custom property of their own that uses a Boolean, Date, Number, or String input type, and attach it to the class.

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