The UK rail industry continues to receive significant public investment. However, although investments such as the European Train Control System (ETCS) and the East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) will result in massive improvements on some lines over a period of time, the benefits are some way off.

    As is often the case with public investment, projects may be subject to major changes before completion (as with HS2).


    So the challenge for rail businesses continues to be how to maximise the efficiency of current assets, while maintaining compliance and safety.
    IBM Maximo includes Linear and Spatial tools, specifically designed to help manage linear assets such as track. And our Fingertip mobile EAM solution enables the same capabilities on any mobile device, from anywhere.

    With our class-leading, tried-and-tested cloud, mobile and scheduling solutions, BPD Zenith can help you get the best outcomes from IBM Maximo.

    Get more out of your assets, while reducing costs.

    Profit margins in the rail industry are slim - typically less than 2%. This means that efficiency needs to be optimised, and steps taken to reduce costly equipment failures and reactive maintenance wherever possible. At the same time, over-maintaining assets, by rigid periodic maintenance, needs to be reduced, without impacting on performance or safety. 

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    How can MAS benefit Rail organizations?

    Maximo Application Suite (MAS) apps can provide real benefits for rail businesses, including:

    • Maximo Health & Predict – combines current and historic data to enable you to plan maintenance more effectively, helping you to eliminate equipment failures, reactive maintenance, and over-maintenance.
    • Visual Inspection – automated visual checking for anomalies, measured against parameters that you set.
    • Maximo Assist – means your maintenance teams have instant access to an asset’s performance and maintenance history, resulting in faster fixes.

    Your Maximo system can operate over many different sites, and is ideal for linear assets. It can use remote sensors, connected via your own 5G network, to ensure that you have live data available for all your assets, at all times, including in difficult weather conditions.

    Maximo enables you to:

    • Increase asset uptime, and keep your assets working optimally
    • Improve first-time fix rate, reduce repair times
    • Guarantee a digital audit trail for all work, for regulatory compliance

    Discover how MaxiCloud can help your rail business

    BPD Zenith have been working with rail industry clients for more than a decade. We can implement Maximo for you quickly and easily, using our MaxiCloud hosted solution, which includes:

    • BPD's unique Essentials package including base data, enhancements and configurations for your industry
    • Performance and security best practice managed by BPD’s dedicated Global Infrastructure Team
    • High availability, 99.99% uptime, resilient options for Disaster Recovery
    • Complete service subscription packages (licensing, support and infrastructure) offer flexibility to unlock additional functionality and features as you go
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    Ensure regulatory compliance with Fingertip mobile EAM

    Our Fingertip mobile EAM solution extends Maximo into the field, and enables Maximo to be updated directly at the point-of-work, in real time. This means that your maintenance teams always have the asset information they need, wherever they are.

    Fingertip is also an essential tool for regulatory compliance, as you can capture a signature for all work carried out, and enforce your processes at the point of work, using configurable mobile forms.

    • Enforce your processes at the point of work with Fingertip’s Mobile Forms, using complex conditional logic to guide your engineers through every stage
    • Capture e-sig or hard signature for every process
    • Issue work orders remotely
    • Engineers have access to asset maintenance history and details, for faster fixes.
    • Spatial add-on includes linear asset management capability

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    How Maximo, MaxiCloud and Fingertip help your business

    More efficient maintenance, and automated scheduling of engineers

    Maximo can help rail businesses by reducing their maintenance costs. MAS applications such as Monitor and Predict can combine current sensor data with historic data, to enable more efficient planning of maintenance. This can reduce both reactive maintenance, and fixed periodic over-maintenance.

    Maximo also includes sophisticated scheduling tools, to ensure that your maintenance crews’ time is planned most efficiently, so that the nearest, or most suitably qualified, engineers attend each job.

    Scheduling can also be automated, so that maintenance work is allocated and reallocated on a live basis, according to the actual availability of engineers – for example, a team’s other work can be automatically reallocated to other teams, if the current job is taking a lot longer than expected.

    Guaranteeing safety of all passengers and staff

    It is crucial that the safety of engineers in the rail industry is never compromised. For example, many engineers work near asbestos or extremely high voltage.

    Maximo can log any safety hazards (so these are anticipated in subsequent visits), and can also support the organisation to manage permits and safe access, which ensures that you have the right specifications and permits before entering a hazardous area.

    Our mobile EAM solution Fingertip works on ATEX devices, which enables your engineers to access Maximo in hazardous areas if required.

    Maximo and Fingertip are also extremely convenient tools for reporting faults and incidents, if one occurs. 



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