It’s not just the data, it’s what you do with it
Imagine driving a car and not knowing how fast you are going, or how much fuel you have left? Your vehicle’s dashboard delivers important operating information to you every day.
Depending on the sophistication of your vehicle, you may even receive predictive alerts. The message beneath your fuel gauge that tells you, “10 miles before empty” is an example of an actionable deliverable served up based on data reported from your machine’s system.
Similarly, industrial systems like your CNG fueling station can generate a wealth of data that can be collected with report-outs in real time. But what is the use of data unless it provides you with actionable information that:
- Improves performance
- Predicts and prevents downtime
- Measures output and productivity
The real value of digital transformation tools is evident when considering time, money and resource savings. One example is the saving of human effort.
Free Up Personnel Hours
In the car example above, you might receive a notification that you are due for an oil change in 50 miles. That is a simple, routine maintenance alert. But if you are not notified and are not one to keep good records and diligently visit the auto shop to have your car maintained, it could result in a disastrous breakdown, stranding you on the highway and costing you a lot of money and inconvenience as your car is repaired from a major system meltdown. All that repair work costs human effort, effort that could be used elsewhere had there been a predictive alert.
“You may want to be alerted as to next predicted service dates. By communicating information that can forestall a breakdown, human effort is saved, and station uptime is ensured,” says Schmoll.
Uptime, Uptime, Uptime
“Our focus at CMD is to go the extra mile, to provide customized services to deliver the best uptime efficiency in the industry,” says Schmoll. “We understand the importance of real-time throughput and uptime metrics.”
For stations, having the data to communicate fueling capacity and availability and uptime reliability can mean the difference between attracting and retaining customers and losing them.
For future-proofing uptime reliability, isolating and understanding the most common or frequent faults allows the management of the conditions causing the faults, resulting in less downtime and fewer near misses.
Customize Your Key Performance Indicators
Collecting real time data is one thing; serving up actionable deliverables is another.
But every business has specific KPIs that are critical for their goals and station success. That’s where customization comes in.
“CMD Insights can be customized to report out the key performance indicators (KPIs) defined by the station owner or manager,” says Brad Schmoll, CMD AES Business Development Manager. “We’ll develop the dashboard that gives you the information you need in real time, from any web-based device.”
To the right is a sample dashboard that illustrates how clean and simple it can be to get the information you need for remote management of your business. The Key Performance Indicators selected are:
- Gas Gallon Equivalents (GGEs) dispensed
- Last 12 months site uptime
- Compressor health by run hours and oil health
- Required service dates predicted based on run hours and oil health by compressor
- Top 5 faults
- Date of last downtime fault
CMD is invested in continuing to develop the technology to provide even more actionable deliverables through digital transformation tools like CMD Insights.
For more information or a personal consultation, contact CMD Alternative Energy Solutions.
Business Development Manager – Alternative Energy Solutions