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ORDITAL solutions for closing asset information gaps and stopping data corrosion.

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ORDITAL solutions for closing asset information gaps and stopping data corrosion.

ORDITAL ENTERPRISE SOLUTION

ORDITAL provides an enterprise solution that allows data from a client's Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system to be imported and exported to ORDITAL's cloud based asset database. The data can be synchronized with mobile devices that have the ORDITAL mobile app installed to allow high resolution images to be COLLECTED (classified, catalogued and uploaded back to the server)

Once the photo archive is loaded onto the server data can be extracted from the photos to provide raw data of measurable quality. That raw data isPOST PROCESSED to improve accuracy of the data, then make of equipment is VALIDATED against the ORDITAL live manufacturer database.

An enterprise social network is delivered with the solution to allowCOLLABORATION internally, or between operators, contractors and manufacturers to further improve the quality of information.

When information is approved it can be EXCHANGED in client specific template formats to allow submission to client specific data governance processes and eventual upload into Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems.

The Materialized data (make, model, serial number) can change quite frequently, so keeping on top of data corrosion is essential. The best way to do that is to have anyone that visits the equipment taking photographs on a continuous basis and thus ensuring that your physical and digital plant remain in sync for the life of the facility. The most expensive part of the process is getting someone in front to the asset, so if you have someone visiting the asset anyway then the incremental cost to COLLECT more photographs is negligible.

ORDITAL STANDALONE SOLUTION

ORDITAL provides a free mobile app for your iPhone or Android smartphone that can run in standalone mode. This is exactly the same mobile app as used in the ORDITAL Enterprise Solution described above - but without a server login.

The ORDITAL mobile app in standalone mode allows you to take photographs linked to functional physical objects, classifies the photos according the ORDITAL classification system, then synchronizes the photographs with your Dropbox account to enable upload to your desktop.

Photographs uploaded to Dropbox are scaled to the desired size then named according to a TAG-CLASS-COUNTER system that allows you to immediately tell which functional physical object (TAG) the photo belongs to, what is contained in the photo (CLASS) and how many photos with those contents have been taken for that object (COUNTER).

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Cataloguing Calculator


How much money you are wasting today...

Cataloguing Calculator


How much money you are wasting today...

THE HIDDEN COST OF CATALOGUING ASSET PHOTOGRAPHS

No matter what industry you are in, if you have people in the field visiting assets of any description then chances are you have people taking photographs of those assets. Then at the end of their field visit they have to come back to the office and post process all of those photographs.

So lets assume someone has come back to the office with say 300 digital photos named something like "IMG00972.jpg" - the bare minimum that your team must do is to open each and every photograph and identify which photo belongs to each asset. This is typically done by renaming the photograph to something that tells you what it is such as "RADIO_TOWER.jpg", or if you know the ID/TAG number of the asset then "PA-101A-0473.jpg". But with digital photographs so easy to take it is good practice to take multiple photographs of an asset whilst you have someone in front of the asset. In this case it would be common to add a counter to the name - such as "RADIO_TOWER-001.jpg", "RADIO_TOWER-002.jpg", etc.

The above is the bare minimum that typically happens and doesn't take into account the possible following requirements :

  • Digital cameras routinely take photographs greater than 5MB and if we are taking 300 photos a day and transmitting that over a network of some sort then we can be looking at 1.5GB of data to transmit per day. When dealing with asset photos there is no real measurable loss in detail between a 1.5MB photo and a 5MB photo - just an extra 1GB in data storage and transmittal. To deal with this you may way to scale photos to allow you to more effectively transmit and store them.
  • If you have teams of people generating hundreds of photos a day you are probably looking at some sort of a file management system to ensure that you can retrieve the photos that you want and provide more data integrity than a large file share that is accessible by everyone (allowing anyone to edit / rename / delete photos).
  • Classify the content of the photographs so that you can more quickly retrieve the the photos that you are looking for rather than having to open each and every photo for a particular asset.

To show organizations what they are spending today doing this bare minimum of asset photo cataloguing we have put together the following calculator to show you how much you are likely losing when your people come back into the office and have to start post processing photos. Underneath the calculator we have descriptions of each of the input and output fields.

HOW MUCH COULD YOU SAVE USING THE ORDITAL MOBILE APP?

ORDITAL Photo Cataloguing Calculator
ORDITAL Photo Cataloguing Calculator Input

Fully loaded man hour rate :


Assets per day per person :
Assets/day

Photographs per asset :


Tme to catalogue a photograph :
Seconds

Number of auditors on project :
People

Working days per project :
Days

Number of hours per shift :
Hours

Average photograph size :
MB

ORDITAL Photo Cataloguing Calculator Output

Hours








GB

Days





Assets


INPUT FIELD DEFINITIONS - TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROJECT

  • Currency - sets the display for costs and rates
  • Fully Loaded Man Hour Rate - this is the cost per hour to your organization of the person doing the post processing. This rate is fully loaded with salary, travel and other overheads to represent the full cost to the organization of that person carrying out that activity.
  • Assets per day per person - the average number of assets that are typically photographed in a day by a single person. A typical working number for this might be 100 Assets/day.
  • Photographs per asset - the average number of photographs that are taken per asset. We typically recommend that a minimum of 4 photographs is best to ensure that the investment to visit the asset is preserved - 1 TAG, 1 EQUIPMENT, 2 NAME PLATE photos.
  • Time to catalogue a photograph - the average time taken to download a photograph to a computer, open and review the photograph, identify which asset the photograph belongs to, rename the photograph - and if required to scale and upload to a management system. We typically use a 30 second estimate to represent and average / sustained time to catalogue a photograph.
  • Number of auditors on project - the number of people in the field auditing assets
  • Working days per project - the number of days you estimate that the auditors will be active on the current  project
  • Number of hours per shift - the number of hours per day that the auditors are working
  • Average photograph size - an iPhone typically generates 2.5MB photos, a Samsung Galaxy S6 generates 5MB photos. ORDITAL customers typically scale photos back to 1.5MB.

OUTPUT FIELD DEFINITIONS - WHAT ARE YOU WASTING TODAY?

  • Time lost per day - the total number of hours per day for all of your auditors required to post-process photographs in the office.
  • Cost of lost time per day - the total cost per day to your company to post-process photographs in the office.
  • Time lost per project - the total number of man days per project for all of your auditors required to post-process photographs in the office.
  • Cost of lost time per project - the total cost for the project to your company to post-process photographs in the office.
  • Cost to visit single asset - by far the biggest cost component on any audit project is the cost to physically get someone to stand in front of an asset. To maximize the return on investment for this activity you should ALWAYS get that person to photograph the asset, and they should ALWAYS take multiple photos of the asset to ensure that this investment is not squandered through unclear or inadequate images.
  • Assets audited per project - how many assets you would expect to audit for this project
  • Expected data archive size - the total amount of storage space required to hold all of the photos from this project.

 

ORDITAL MOBILE APP STOPS THIS WASTE

ORDITAL provides a mobile app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, to classify and catalogue asset photographs at the time of capture. The ORDITAL mobile app removes the need for the typical post processing outlined above which results in significant savings to your organization.

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Technology Partners


ORDITAL leverages leading technology to provide a robust enterprise level solution

Technology Partners


ORDITAL leverages leading technology to provide a robust enterprise level solution

The technology landscape today is vastly different to that of even 5 years ago and if anything that rate of change is accelerating. Whilst some companies were not doubt on top of this wave, software companies producing technical computing solutions certainly were not considering social networks, mobile apps, cloud computing technologies let alone the devices that are now appearing as part of the "Internet of Things".

As a new company starting out with no technical debt, ORDITAL is able to take a fresh look at the technology landscape today. In doing so ORDITAL has borrowed heavily from the principles of the Lean Startup. There is a lot to the Lean Startup, but one of the key philosophies is everything should focus on the customer - that if a feature is not adding value to a customer then you should not be investing in it.

With that in mind, we are providing a solution to help customers efficiently capture very large equipment photo archives, extract attributes of measurable quality from the photo archive, validate that manufacturers are still operating and collaborate within their companies and across the industries in which they operate. Following the Lean Startup principles, our solution should focus on helping customers achieve those things as efficiently as possible.

It is the ORDITAL view that there is no benefit to our customers in us developing a new database, a new login mechanism, a new workflow engine, a new security model, and so on - let's call it the software infrastructure. There are lots of platforms available that provide this infrastructure. Too often technical software companies develop everything from the ground up only to trip themselves and their customers up with poor infrastructure. Infrastructure is expensive to develop and today it makes no commercial sense to do so.

The rapid acceptance of cloud computing is testament to economics over policy. In days gone by security policy would mandate a blanket ban on any data, regardless of its security profile, being stored outside a company's firewall. However, the economics of cloud computing are such that it has forced most companies to re-evaluate the validity of their policies with most now embracing cloud computing to securely realize significant economic benefits that go along with that platform.

SALESFORCE.COM

The ORDITAL solution has been built on the Salesforce platform - force.com.  The Salesforce platform provides ORDITAL and our customers with infrastructure that is globally deployed, secure and robust. It is infinitely scalable from the smallest to very largest databases. Salesforce are the global leader in enterprise cloud solutions and ORDITAL and our customers can take advantage of that.

Salesforce is the 4th largest software company in the world, and one of the fastest growing. They currently sit behind Microsoft, Oracle and then SAP. Building our solutions on the Salesforce platform allows ORDITAL to leverage the investments and technology of a global leader at the forefront of software as a service (SaaS).

To use an old term, standing on the shoulders of giants, allows ORDITAL to provide a solution that can be rapidly configured and for development to focus on streamlining the operation of the solution rather than building infrastructure. This allows ORDITAL to rapidly respond to customer requirements in an extremely low risk and low cost manner. The Salesforce platform allows ORDITAL to focus on delivering value to our customers rather than re-inventing infrastructure.

SALESFORCE TRUST

The cloud is a new thing for a lot of companies and providing complete transparency on status and security of information is a critical component of building and maintaining trust with clients. Salesforce operates a dynamic website at trust.salesforce.com that provides real time information on system status, security threats, and system performance. The ORDITAL database currently resides on the AP1 instance of Salesforce. In addition, this web site provides extensive information on how data is stored and managed and what security standards the service complies with.

AMAZON WEB SERVICES

ORDITAL makes extensive use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the provision of our solutions. ORDITAL is an approved member of the AWS Activate programme which exists to help start up organizations like ORDITAL get the most out of the extensive AWS platform.

ORDITAL leverages the AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) with version control to provide an infinitely scalable and secure solution for storing the thousands of high resolution photographs that our clients take.

The ORDITAL mobile app utilizes the AWS Mobile SDK to provide secure and robust transfer of photographs from the mobile device to AWS S3.

SPANNING

Whilst our main platform from SALESFORCE has extensive redundancy built into the system, accidents can and do happen. For example, if you update or delete a bunch of records then realize a week later that you didn't mean to change those records then you'd be in trouble. To deal with this scenario ORDITAL employs SPANNING by EMC to provide daily snapshots of the complete ORDITAL database.

This additional safeguard is provided for all of our customers. It enables ORDITAL to perform a very granular restore of client databases back to any particular date. Please note that restoration of data from the SPANNING backup is something that ORDITAL's administrators need to perform. In the very rare case that a restore is required, ORDITAL will work with you to recover that data and costs will be assessed on the effort required to restore the required data.


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Data Quality & Round Trip


Synchronizing quality data between your internal systems and ORDITAL

Data Quality & Round Trip


Synchronizing quality data between your internal systems and ORDITAL

BEYOND IMPORT / EXPORT

The ORDITAL solution has been built around exchange of quality information in tabular (CSV/XLS) formats. Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems such as SAP can easily export large amounts of asset information with standard queries (ie. SAP transaction IH06 (Display Functional Location) / SAP transaction IH08 (Display Equipment)). This data can easily be mapped to the ORDITAL data model and imported in bulk.

But that's not the end of it, ultimately we want to return the data back to the originating system showing clearly what has changed and what needs to be updated in the originating system. Depending on project demands, we might only do an export at the end of a specific engagement that lasts several months for example, but there might be weekly updates we are getting from the original EAM system during that period that we need to deal with to truly understand the impact of change.

DATA MODEL TO COMPARE CHANGES

To achieve this ORDITAL records all of the attributes twice - for example the SERIAL NUMBER would be one field, but then we would have SERIAL NUMBER EXT to record the value of the serial number in the EXTernal system when we last imported data so we can always understand within the ORDITAL database precisely what needs to be updated back in the original system / EAM to reflect the work we have done on the mobile device in the field. We reflect this in an flag called SYNC (ie. MAKE SYNC) that tells us whether the value we have been updating in ORDITAL (ie. MAKE) is in sync with the most recent value from the external system (ie. MAKE EXT)

DATA EXPORT WITH REPORT BUILDER

ORDITAL provides many standard reports within the system for exporting common data. However, to allow customers to rapidly and easily build their own reports we include a REPORT BUILDERReport builder is a visual editor for reports. The report builder screen lets you work with report fields and filters, and shows you a preview of your report with just some of the data. There is extensive documentation on the internet that can be found with a simple search for "salesforce report builder" showing how to construct a wide array of reports with this facility. This extensive reporting capability allows templates for export of data back to corporate data governance processes to be implemented rapidly.

HISTORY TRACKING & REPORTING

In addition to preserving the most recent value in the system external to ORDITAL in the EXT field as shown above (typically the client's internal EAM system), the ORDITAL system retains a complete history of the values of 20 key attributes for up to 18 months. This history is available as an associated list that appears on the individual asset detail page within the system. In addition, the Report Builder shown above allows reports on asset history to be defined and exported.

ASSET HIERARCHY VISUALIZATION & EDITING

Assets are generally managed within a hierarchy of locations and equipment structures in Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems. The hierarchy is established by a series of parent-child relationships between assets. The asset hierarchy allows asset managers to quickly locate assets and understand how each asset relates to other assets.

ORDITAL provides its Asset Navigator to visualize and edit the asset hierarchy so that users can see how the asset hierarchy is structured. This can help you ensure that new assets that are captured in the field are correctly located within the hierarchy, and that the existing hierarchy matches your expectations.

URL LINK TO ORDITAL RECORD

The ORDITAL solution allows high quality photo archives that have been classified and catalogued against assets to be established. On a job with just several thousand assets we would expect this archive to exceed 10GB. This photo archive is an exceptionally valuable tool as a source of ad-hoc queries, trouble shooting, and validation. As shown on the first graphic in this section, ORDITAL can provide a URL for upload into the original system (EAM) that allows your users do instantly click through to the ORDITAL record to see all the original photographs for that asset, geolocation of the asset displayed on Google Maps, and an up-to-date manufacturer record.

The URL Link to the ORDITAL record is something similar to this simple text string - https://ordital.force.com/a0cO0000007uuFD - and provides your internal users with access to a massive photo archive without any additional on-site storage requirements.

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ORDITAL Classification System


A patented system of classifying the content of equipment photographs

ORDITAL Classification System


A patented system of classifying the content of equipment photographs

CURRENT PRACTICE

There are plenty of systems out there that will allow you to associate a photograph with a piece of equipment. In fact many of the mobility solutions being delivered by the major Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) vendors include as standard the ability to take a photograph and link it to a record within the EAM. However, if we are actually trying to use the photographs to extract meaningful data then we need to know a little bit more about the contents of the photograph so that we know what data is likely going to be contained within the photograph.

Another problem that we commonly see today is trying to "stuff" too much information into a single photograph. For example, photographs might contain packaging from the manufacturer, documentation from the vendor and multiple TAG numbers. A single asset can only have one make, model, serial number, tag number, etc. - yet the photograph contain multiple conflicting sources of information.

To deal with this reality ORDITAL has developed and patented the ORDITAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM to provide a reliable method of capturing photographs of equipment and classifying the content of these photos at the time of capture so that meaningful data can be extracted.

ORDITAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

The patented ORDITAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM was developed to allow photographs to be easily captured and classified according to the contents of the image at the time of capture. By classifying the photographs we are then in a position to understand what data we might want to extract from that photograph. If all we know is that the photo is of the equipment then we can't know what data might be in the image that we would like to capture.

The ORDITAL mobile app, either in Enterprise (paid) or Standalone (free) mode, allows a simple one click classification of equipment photographs at time of capture. Photos are identified as belonging to one of the 6 following classification types at time of capture on the ORDITAL mobile app:

  • TAG
  • NAME PLATE
  • EQUIPMENT
  • SERVICE
  • INSPECTION
  • VENDOR

Examples of each of these classification types is shown below. By classifying each photo at time of capture we know instantly what is contained in each photograph without opening the image. We also know what sort of attributes we are likely to be able to capture from each image.

COMPONENTS

We'll touch on this elsewhere, but asset databases only allow you to assign a single MAKE, MODEL and SERIAL NUMBER. But we commonly see photographs containing multiple name plates - often around valves and actuators. One such example is shown below (not taken with the ORDITAL solution). It is not a great photo, and a second photo from a different angle would have helped. But the bigger problem is that there is one MAKE (FISHER), and two MODELS (Type) and two SERIAL NUMBERS. One name plate is for the valve body and the other is for the valve actuator.

With the ORDITAL mobile app you can identify the valve record and take a photo of just the valve name plate, then create a component of the valve for the actuator and take a photo of just the actuator name plate. In this way we are able to unambiguously assign name plates and accurately extract data for assets and their components. This becomes even more important when tagging standards vary between say the manufacturer and operating organizations.

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Data Extraction


Turning your photo archive into meaningful information

Data Extraction


Turning your photo archive into meaningful information

BIG DATA AND CROWDSOURCING

The ORDITAL mobile app allows very large photo archives to be classified and catalogued very quickly. But turning that into useful data is the next challenge.

Of course using the ORDITAL solution you and your colleagues can undertake the traditional data entry approach yourselves. In this case the ORDITAL solution presents you with a photograph and you are asked to key in attributes appropriate for that photos class. You are then asked to reconfirm the selection of those attributes in a 2 stage review process to improve accuracy. This is an extremely laborious process and therefore quite expensive in terms of time for you to undertake yourself. Because of this time cost it is really only feasible to get one judgement per photo if you are doing it yourself. A single judgement is a single person entering the data that they see on a photograph, and for that reason it is a binary thing - it might be right or it might be wrong. There is nothing to compare it to.

It doesn't have to be like that - new technologies are available to process large quantities of data cheaply and quickly. ORDITAL utilizes one of these to extract raw data from photographs - crowdsourcing.

Big data requires exceptional technologies to efficiently process large quantities of data within tolerable elapsed times. A 2011 McKinsey report suggests suitable technologies include A/B testing, crowdsourcing, data fusion and integration, genetic algorithms, machine learning, natural language processing, signal processing, simulation, time series analysis and visualisation.
— Wikipedia

ORDITAL offers a service that utilizes crowdsourcing to extract increasingly accurate data from classified photographs. Based on the classification of the photograph we know what type of information to seek from the photograph. We then break the photograph down into lots of micro tasks. Those micro tasks are continuously refined from the results of previous jobs to train the system to extract ever more accurate information from the system. This training of the system to get smarter is a type of machine learning.

The ORDITAL solution automatically breaks the classified photograph into the appropriate micro tasks for that type of photograph and submits those tasks to an on-demand workforce that currently exceeds 5 million people. ORDITAL seeks multiple judgements from multiple people within the globally distributed workforce - in the example below there have been 4 judgements sought for each field, but ORDITAL typically obtains a minimum of 5 judgements. These judgements allow us to measure quality. If we get multiple agreeing judgements then we can automatically select the agreeing values as correct with a measure of confidence. If we just had the traditional approach of a single person keying in data then we hope its right, but have nothing to measure it against.

The micro tasks used in crowdsourcing are often called Human Intelligence Tasks (HIT). This is used when the nature of the image is so variable and the requested output is such that a human is required to view and provide feedback. The results are going to depend upon what a human can actually see in the image. In the above example from the 4 judgements we had one who didn't provide anything, and 3 who disagreed on the last character of the TAG (2, 6, or 8). When you look at the image it is not clear. In this case ORDITAL will highlight photos that have results that you may either wish to review individually, or ask for more judgements from the crowdsourcing network. In this case we reviewed the photograph and selected the result we felt best matched the image (1500-PSV-0816) which was also the TAG number that the photographer had taken the image against.

Another difference between Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and HIT is shown with the country of manufacture. There is not a field showing the country of manufacture on the name plate, but when a human reads the name plate they can see that it was manufactured under license by a company with Australia in the title, so two judgements have given Australia as the country of manufacture.

The on-demand workforce utilized by ORDITAL currently exceeds 5 million people, providing rapid response and infinite scalability. We have proven this technology on large scale Oil & Gas facilities with very accurate results
— ORDITAL
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Post Processing


Improving results through pattern recognition

Post Processing


Improving results through pattern recognition

ORDITAL provides post processing services to further enhance the accuracy of data that is delivered to our clients.

USING PATTERNS TO IMPROVE RAW DATA

There are significant savings that organizations can make by purchasing multiple units of an equipment item. One large purchase order is easier than lots of smaller purchase orders, and lots of units of the same equipment item are cheaper to hold spares for and maintain than a wide range of similar equipment items. Because of this commercial reality, organizations tend to have multiple units of the same equipment item.

When we get data raw data extracted we are only going to get what a human can see on the image. Name plates might be damaged, photos might be blurry, and there might be different opinions as to the correct interpretation of a values. In the following 3 examples we are showing the results where we have had multiple judgements with identical results for each of the 3 photos shown below.

  • MAKE - any of the following could be correct and at the end of the day it comes down to how the operator is cataloguing that make.
    • ANDERSON GREENWOOD
    • ANDERSON GREENWOOD INSTRUMENTATION
    • ANDERSON GREENWOOD INSTRUMENTATION PRODUCTS
  • MODEL - it is easy for humans to misinterpret characters when the name plate might be corroded or the image is not clear.
    • An O might be entered as a 0
    • A Q might be entered as a O
    • An S might be entered as an 8

In the table below we show some actual results of data that has been generated from the photos below.

MAKE MODEL
ANDERSON GREENWOOD F63VSS-061K-047B-316T-SG-MP04-BVL(P)-PV
ANDERSON GREENWOOD INSTRUMENTATION F63VSS-061K-047B-316T-SG-MP04-BVL(P)-PV
ANDERSON GREENWOOD F63VS8-061K-047B-316T-SG-MP04-BVL(P)-PV

This client has a lot of other ANDERSON GREENWOOD products, and although it actually a a BRAND of PENTAIR they catalogue it as ANDERSON GREENWOOD, so we update the MAKE accordingly. Additionally, we are able to see that on the third record people have mistaken the first part of the MODEL number as F63VS8 rather than F63VSS where it appears on every other record.

ORDITAL's post processing of the data identifies these issues and further enhances accuracy of the data.

MAKE MODEL
ANDERSON GREENWOOD F63VSS-061K-047B-316T-SG-MP04-BVL(P)-PV
ANDERSON GREENWOOD F63VSS-061K-047B-316T-SG-MP04-BVL(P)-PV
ANDERSON GREENWOOD F63VSS-061K-047B-316T-SG-MP04-BVL(P)-PV

STRUCTURING ASSETS & COMPONENTS

A common issue that is encountered in post processing involves multiple name plates being assigned to a single asset. It is very common for multiple components to make up a single asset, however the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system only allows a single MAKE / MODEL /SERIAL number for each asset. The standards adopted by the organization will dictate which MAKE / MODEL / SERIAL NUMBER should be assigned to the asset.

If we look at a common example for a pump - we see two name plates for the same asset that have very different information. The Pump Unit from Southern Cross - again a BRAND of PENTAIR - and the Electric Motor from TECO. According to a widely used standard in the Oil & Gas industry - ISO14224 - we could have a number of components that make up a pump:

  • PUMP
    • PUMP UNIT
    • POWER TRANSMISSION
    • CONTROL & MONITORING SYSTEM
      • Power going in
      • Remote instrumentation sending and receiving signals
    • LUBRICATION SYSTEM
      • Coolant going in and out of the lubrication system
  • MOTOR (DRIVER)
    • Fuel or Electric Power to run the motor
  • STARTING SYSTEM
    • For the MOTOR (DRIVER)

Within each of these components there will be a range of maintainable items - for example on the PUMP UNIT we have an IMPELLER, SHAFT, CASING, VALVES, etc. and any of these components that are externally exposed might have a name plate or label that could be photographed.

When you are photographing assets with the ORDITAL mobile app the user can identify that the photograph relates to a component of the current asset and this hierarchy below the asset will be created automatically. You can send the MAKE / MODEL / SERIAL number for the main asset (ie. PUMP UNIT) back to the EAM, but when you link back to ORDITAL from the EAM you can see all components below the main asset and all the original photographs for each component so you have a complete record of all the components that make up your asset regardless of corporate asset structure standards.

In the example below the user has not identified that the electric motor is a component of the pump, so in post processing ORDITAL will identify this an create a component under the main asset and move photos for that component to the new component. An example of how this hierarchy would might look is shown in the graphic below.

MAKE MODEL SERIAL NUMBER
SOUTHERN CROSS 100X65-200 30K2000A02
TECO AEZK-WT D126206-1

CONNECTING MANUFACTURERS & Assets

The information on a name plate tells us very accurately the information that was current at the time the equipment left the factory. But the factory itself doesn't stand still. It may be acquired, acquire other companies, or cease trading altogether. ORDITAL has a comprehensive manufacturer database that is synchronized with the global Dun & Bradstreet database on a continuous basis so that you can stay on top of changes in your manufacturers and understand which assets in your portfolio are impacted by these changes.

The final step in ORDITAL's post processing service is to connect assets with manufacturers & brands so that the information gathered from name plates can be updated for the situation found today.

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Data Extraction Schema


Default attributes extracted from classified photos

Data Extraction Schema


Default attributes extracted from classified photos

Data Extraction SCHEMA

ORDITAL's patented schema of attributes for each type of classified photograph is listed in the table below. The list shows the attribute, the type of attribute, and the classified photograph type that it might likely be extracted from.

ORDITAL's Data Extraction Service will ask matching independent judgements for each attribute shown for the classification type.

ATTRIBUTE TYPE TAG EQUIPMENT NAME PLATE INSPECTION SERVICE VENDOR
BATCH TEXT YES
CONTRACTOR TEXT YES
CONTRACTOR COUNTRY PICK LIST YES
CONTRACTOR EMAIL EMAIL YES
CONTRACTOR PHONE PHONE YES
CONTRACTOR STATE TEXT YES
CONTRACTOR WEB URL YES
COUNTRY PICK LIST YES YES
FIRST INSPECTION DATE DATE YES
IMAGE CLEAR CHECK BOX YES YES YES YES YES YES
INSPECTOR TEXT YES
INSPECTOR COUNTRY PICK LIST YES
INSPECTOR EMAIL EMAIL YES
INSPECTOR PHONE PHONE YES
INSPECTOR STATE TEXT YES
INSPECTOR WEB URL YES
LAST INSPECTION DATE DATE YES
LAST SERVICE DATE YES
MAKE TEXT YES YES YES YES
MANUFACTURER PHONE TEXT YES
MODEL TEXT YES YES YES YES YES
NEXT INSPECTION DATE YES
NEXT SERVICE DATE YES
NEXT SERVICE COUNTER TEXT YES
PART NUMBER TEXT YES YES
PURCHASE ORDER TEXT YES
SERIAL NUMBER TEXT YES YES YES YES
TAG TEXT YES YES YES YES YES YES
VENDOR TEXT YES
VENDOR COUNTRY PICK LIST YES
VENDOR EMAIL EMAIL YES
VENDOR MODEL TEXT YES
VENDOR PART NUMBER TEXT YES
VENDOR PHONE PHONE YES
VENDOR SERIAL NUMBER TEXT YES
VENDOR STATE TEXT YES
VENDOR WEB URL YES
YEAR PICK LIST YES
2 5 10 14 14 15
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Manufacturer Connections


Keeping Assets connected to changes within the Manufacturers

Manufacturer Connections


Keeping Assets connected to changes within the Manufacturers

MANAGING CHANGE

There are many companies involved in the asset ecosystem and these companies come in all shapes and sizes - from single entities to large multi-national conglomerates. Change is constant - one company might become a brand of a large conglomerate whilst a division of a conglomerate might be spun off into a separate company, whilst others might cease trading altogether. Any one of these changes could have an impact of the sustainability of the assets being operated and may require actions to be taken in order to ensure that facilities continue to operate in a safe and reliable manner.

The ORDITAL system allows companies to establish their own ASSET DATABASE, whilst ORDITAL maintains a database of Companies. The ORDITAL DATABASE and the ASSET DATABASE are link are linked via CONNECTIONS. To ensure that Company records are up to date in real time the ORDITAL system synchronizes with the global Dun & Bradstreet database (DnB) continuously.

ORDITAL System Schematic

...the world’s largest commercial database covering more than 85 million companies, 100 million key decision makers and 900 industry segments, updated 3 million times per day and bolstered with insight from industry-specific business analysts...
— Dun & Bradstreet Database

To demonstrate this we can look at a screenshot for the ORDITAL DATABASE below. There are several key elements shown in this record:

  • ACCOUNT NAME shows the legal name of the company
  • CLEAN STATUS shows the status of the ORDITAL DATABASE record with respect to the DnB Database and how long ago it was verified.
    • In Sync - records in ORDITAL DATABASE match DnB Database exactly
    • Different - records in ORDITAL DATABASE do not match DnB Database
    • Reviewed - records in ORDITAL DATABASE have been reviewed and approved to be different to DnB Database
    • Inactive - the company is no longer an operating entity
  • OPERATING NAME shows the common name of the group that the company belongs to.
  • PARENT ACCOUNT shows the legal name of the parent company that owns this company
  • GLOBAL ULTIMATE BUSINESS NAME shows the company at the top of the corporate hierarchy.

In this example we have PENTAIR FLOW CONTROL INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD which is an Australian company that is part of the PENTAIR group. All data in this record is in sync with the DnB global database as of 1 day ago (from when the screenshot was taken). We see the current address and web site, complete with a Google map. We see that PENTAIR AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD owns this company and Pentair Public Limited Company is the global ultimate company. If any of this information changes in the DnB global database it will automatically be updated in the ORDITAL database.

The ORDITAL DATABASE is constantly growing and at the time of publication had almost 9,000 company records. Of this 93% were in sync with the global DnB Database, 4% are of various status, and 3% are shown as Inactive.

These Inactive companies were all previously validated operating companies that have now ceased operating.

CONNECTIONS

When two people want to connect on the Linkedin social network for business, they establish a connection with each other. It is the same with ORDITAL - a CONNECTION is established to link ASSET DATABASE and the ORDITAL DATABASE. With the CONNECTION in place you can see what Assets within a Plant, across an Operating Unit, or globally with an Operating Company are impacted by changes within the ORDITAL DATABASE - primarily as a result of changes being synchronized from the global DnB Database.

When a company makes changes to its corporate structure there are often product line changes that go along with that change. The ORDITAL system will flag that there has been a corporate change and let you know which assets are impacted by this change.

However, once you have established a CONNECTION you can invite your manufacturers and vendors to collaborate directly via the social network on the data that you are carrying on their products. This allows product level changes to be identified.

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Social Collaboration


Working with your Connections to optimize your assets

Social Collaboration


Working with your Connections to optimize your assets

HOW DID YOU GET HERE?

Chances are you found this web site through a link or a blog post placed by any number of people in your social network. In the business community the primary social network is currently Linkedin, and you would have established connections with your colleagues and joined groups of other like minded individuals. Social networks are how we find information relevant to us - even when we might not have thought to search for it. It is how we keep up to date with changes in status of individuals in our network. ORDITAL brings this same level of collaboration to your network of connections between your Asset Database and the ORDITAL Database.

SOCIAL COLLABORATION

When we create a CONNECTION we enable collaboration between the various parties in producing, selling, servicing and inspecting the asset and the operator of that asset. The best way to demonstrate this is by an example.

In this case we have an asset that is installed in Australia. The operator currently has a model number of PT100 S 09 F F05+F07 14DS in their database. The manufacturer's local representative (the party servicing the asset) is able to post a comment, a file, a link, a poll, a note or pose a question within the integrated social network. In this case he has posted a comment telling the operator that they don't stock this particular type of actuator in Australia as it is a product sold in the North American market. Furthermore they are able to let the operator know that this specific version of that actuator is no longer available.

The ORDITAL system allows you to collaborate internally within your company, externally with your connections that have been enabled by connecting your assets to the ORDITAL database. But you can also establish interest groups - for example control valves for specific uses - that you can invite as many or as few people as you want to collaborate.