There is no better way to acquire data than directly from “System Zero.” It is always the best data source. Every system that data passes through after that point can alter the core data. Whether adding or deleting something, the data has been manipulated. Ideally, data on materials, equipment, and spare parts should always be collected at the source. This means that the engineers who build a plant or the manufacturer who creates a complex item must be the origin of the data.
- Acquire the master data for a plant directly from the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) data prior to commissioning the plant
- Pulling maintenance and spares data directly from the EPC increases accuracy while reducing redundancy and cost of spares
- If items are not linked to Bills of Material (BOMs) and further linked to equipment at the time of data acquisition, when will the data ever be connected? (And at what cost?)
While there is no better time and place to capture the initial data for construction than directly from the EPC records prior to plant go-live, few companies have the skills to acquire this data. The links between the key data—from the item masters and BOMs to the Equipment Masters and Functional Locations—are complete and unbroken from that data source. You need that same level of completeness and linkage in your systems. You need properly constructed BOMs that tie inventory to fixed assets. You need proper maintenance data to align your maintenance planning with Operations and prevent over or under maintenance.
That also means the Equipment/Fixed Assets from the Operations perspective need to link directly to the Assets from the Accounting perspective. With proper tracking of useful life, overhaul and refurbishment, and physical asset location, the Financial picture of the equipment will be just as complete as the Operations side.
This is where the PiLog Data Enrichment Labs can take your data into our tools and ensure that all the data is synchronized before it ever hits your internal systems. We not only acquire the data from the origin records, we also create an effective catalog that properly structures the data and enriches the data to its fullest. Engage The Master Data Experts™ at PiLog before your next plant goes live.