At the core of Maximo is the Locations and Assets applications. Locations can exist in multiple systems both hierarchical and network, a location in a network system can have multiple parents. A location can have a service address which defines the latitude/longitude of the location and positions the location on a map. All locations and assets below this in the hierarchy will have the same map position.
An asset exists at an operating location or it may exist in a storeroom waiting to be issued. Assets may have an asset hierarchy and/or a set of spare parts. Fixed assets are commissioned at their operating location and do not move until they are decommissioned. Some assets are termed rotating, meaning that we track the asset from the storeroom to the operating location then to the repair shop before it is returned to the storeroom again for issue to another operating location.
Linear assets (roads, rail, pipelines and cables), mobile assets (plant hire, tools, medical equipment), and transportation assets (trucks, vans, buses, trains) can all be handled in Maximo. Linear assets is an optional add-on product and it uses Relationships and Features to define how linear assets relate to each other and the features that exist along the path of the linear asset. Relationships can be used to define any relationship between two assets, not just linear ones.
The characteristics of locations and assets are defined by a classification hierarchy and a set of attributes associated with each class. Classifications can be used for purchased or stocked items and many other record types in Maximo, for example Service Requests or Work Orders. The descriptions of classifications and their attributes can be made multilingual.
Assets can be generated from Asset Templates. The asset template has a classification, may have multiple meters and spare parts, and associated Master Preventive Maintenance records that define how the asset will be maintained, inspected or monitored. Meters are continuous (runtime), gauge (measurements) or characteristic (observations). The meter values can determine when preventive or corrective work is performed. The Condition Monitoring application is used to receive the measurement made against assets and meters of type gauge and characteristic. In the Nuclear Industry Solution meters and condition monitoring are the base components of operator rounds.
There is a Failure Codes application for defining failure classes and the problem, cause and remedy codes used in failure reporting on a work order.
The Locations and Assets application have been extended for the Nuclear Industry Solution.
- You will need to define the allowable positions (open, closed, tripped, etc) of valves, circuit breakers and control switches before being able to use applications like Lineup Plans and Clearances.
- Each application has a tab that allows you to see the results of configuration changes, and there are two new applications Quick Locations and Quick Assets which are also used in Configuration Change Management, more on this later.
- In the Locations and Assets applications you define the fields used for reporting against the Standard Nuclear Performance Model (SNPM) which was established by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) to identify best practices, benchmarks and KPIs to support effective nuclear asset management and to compare performance to these benchmarks between nuclear facilities. These fields are copied to the work order when the location or asset are referenced on it and combined with other work order fields to enable SNPM reporting.