Mingo and Fiix created a native integration to provide insight and create communication between operations and maintenance. H&T Waterbury, the largest battery component manufacturer in the world, is one of those companies taking advantage.
By integrating Mingo and Fiix CMMS software, H&T Waterbury is able to move towards condition-based maintenance, improve communications between teams, and diagnose and solve problems, quickly.
The integration works by transferring information between the two systems using vibration and temperature sensors. Data is transmitted to Mingo to understand trends, reporting, and analysis of data. In Fiix, the maintenance team can schedule maintenance activities, track inventory, and maintain workflow.
According to Spencer, “The integration was seamless on our side. We just plugged in some of the asset numbers and saw the meter counts rise on Fiix,” and explains, “the highlights are really starting to show.”
“It’s like car maintenance,” Spencer explains, “Whether it’s 6 months or 5,000 miles, it’s the same idea with our machines and we can use [Mingo and Fiix] in combination.”
Now, actual information on total cycles helps H&T Waterbury get more precise on scheduling maintenance. Once a set number of cycles have occurred, Mingo communicates to Fiix that a work order needs to be triggered. The integration provides more precise information.
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One of the biggest issues H&T Waterbury faced in the plant were machines that were rated to run a particular speed, but every couple of minutes would slow down. The slow down was difficult to recognize, but with Mingo, the software identified the problem and prompted the production team to make improvements to prevent it from occurring again.
Fiix, on the other hand, has been instrumental in keeping up with work orders and balancing fire fighting with preventive maintenance.
Highlights from both systems are really starting to show.
For most manufacturers, there isn’t just one software solution used in the plant. Production often has one solution to help increase efficiencies and improve performance while maintenance has another to plan, monitor, and optimize maintenance activities. The need for the two systems to talk to one another is important.
“It’s very difficult when there’s a fire we have to put out,” Spencer Cushman, VP of Operations at H&T Waterbury, says, “We want to run parts and keep the machine running, but also don’t want to break it and have the need for more maintenance later.” The delicate balance is why a seamless integration between production and maintenance was needed.
The Mingo & Fiix integration:
The integration was seamless on our side. We just plugged in some of the asset numbers and saw the meter counts rise on Fiix. The highlights are really starting to show.”