THE BPD Blog

From blogs to case studies to news, we love sharing our tips and tricks for asset management, cloud, IoT and smarter operations.

by | Feb 20, 2019

The Item Assembly Structure feature in Maximo

During my time working with Maximo I have found that the Item Assembly Structure feature in Maximo is rarely used or understood by Customers. I have written this blog with the aim to help users in the field to get the most out of this great feature.

IAS Feature definition

An item assembly structure is a list of spare parts and subassemblies required to build an Asset or to define the requirements of a location.
An Item Assembly structure is an Asset Template which list all its components and hierarchy. It is designed against the Item Master application in Maximo.
The parent Item number is used to identify the IAS which can be applied against the Asset or the Location. The parent Item must be flagged as Rotating to be able to be set against the Item field of the Asset / Location.
Example:
A Wind Turbine and its constituent parts are used in 10 rotating assets subassembly structures in a Wind Farm.
Each Wind Turbine is composed of 4 main sub Assets which will require planned Maintenance:

  • A Rotor
  • A Generator
  • A Gearbox
  • A Steel Tower

Rather than specifying the component parts and sub assemblies on all 10 asset records, the Wind Turbine Item Assembly Structure can be copied and applied to the 10 assets.
In our example, 5 rotating Item are created (Wind Turbine, Rotor, Generator, Gearbox and Tower) and the IAS is defined against the parent Item which is the Wind Turbine.
 

Creating the IAS

Once the top-level rotating Item (WF1001) has been created, children can be added to design the IAS.

  • If the child is a rotating Item, then it will become a child Asset once the IAS is applied.
  • If the child is a non-rotating Item, it will become a spare part once the IAS is applied.

See below our Wind Turbine IAS with 4 rotating Items and 3 spare parts:

– Figure 1: Item Assembly Structure in Maximo –


 

Applying the IAS

The IAS can be applied from the Asset application or from the Receiving application if a PO has been created to purchase the Assets.

Asset Application

  1. From the Asset Application, user creates a new Asset and populates the Top-level Item of the IAS in the Rotating Item Field.

    – Figure 2: Add an Asset in Maximo –

  2. Apply the Item Assembly Structure.

    – Figure 3: Apply the IAS in Maximo –

  3. By clicking on the Auto-number All button, system auto populates all the child Assets and the IAS is copied across the Wind Turbine Asset.

    – Figure 4: Asset Subassemblies in Maximo –

  4. The Asset hierarchy is now designed in the system.

– Figure 5: Asset hierarchy in Maximo –

Receiving Application

In order to serialize multiple Rotating Assets, the Receiving application can be used assuming a PO has been created for the purchase of the Assets.

  1. From the receiving application, click on the Receive Rotating Item action. The below dialog appears with the 10 Wind Turbines ordered.

    – Figure 6:Receive Rotating Items in Maximo –


    Preview (opens in a new window)
  2. Click on the Autonumber Button and the system auto populates the Asset Number.
  3. Select the first Asset. Click on the corresponding Apply IAS icon.
  4. The Apply IAS dialog gets displayed. Click on the Autonumber All button to populate the child Assets. Click OK and the IAS has been applied against the Asset selected.

    – Apply Item Assembly Structure in Maximo –

  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for each rotating item received and to which you want to apply the IAS.

 

Gilles Vieillard

Gilles Vieillard

0 Comments

Automotive Manufacturing – Are we working smart?

Automotive Manufacturing – Are we working smart?

If you work as a Chief Operational Officer, a Maintenance Engineer, a Facilities Manager or Safety Officer, or are in charge of renewals/disposals in the Auto Industry, then chances are at some point you will have come across a lack of accurate data, bottlenecks and...

Resourcing for Success

Resourcing for Success

Project resourcing is frequently one of the hot topics in our meetings. I frequently receive questions such as: Can we start the project now? Can we commit this resource to deliver from start to finish? Can we upskill one of our techs? Can we provide an additional...

Maximo Mobile Review

Maximo Mobile Review

The Maximo Mobile app recently released by IBM is something to get excited about!  IBM's Maximo mobility journey has been a little checkered in the past – previous solutions (Everyplace and Anywhere) didn't quite meet all the needs and requirements of many...

Developing Custom Mobile App using Maximo REST API

Developing Custom Mobile App using Maximo REST API

The mobile app for Maximo operations is a gateway to IoT and Advanced Analytics by capturing precise data at the point of performance and data not being captured when using the desktop version of Maximo. As assets become smarter and existing businesses need more...

Asset Management for Net-Zero Futures

Asset Management for Net-Zero Futures

Sustainability is not a new concept and BPD Zenith have always strived to be socially responsible, however, it is a critical imperative for today’s business operations – and for the planet. There has been a shift from using digital to improve the bottom line, to...

Sign up to our free newsletter to explore emerging technologies, industry events and Maximo best practice.

Discover the Maximo Application Suite

Discover BPD's award winning Maximo and IoT Services

Come with BPD Zenith to the future of Asset Management

Partner Ecosystem

BPD Zenith partners with a diverse array of the world’s top Technology, Business and Solution Integration leaders.