Not that long ago handover meant a big box of paper drawings and manuals being handed over from Manufacturer, to Contractor, to Operator. As the Operators have sought to manage assets in increasingly intelligent ways the handover requirement has shifted from paper to digital.

Whilst the handover format might have changed, the handover process itself is still largely the same as it was with the big box of drawings.

However, today we have powerful networks that allow us to take a fresh look at how we share all types of information like never before. Harnessing the power of these networks for asset information provides the opportunity to share through the life cycle rather than a one time hand over.

However, today we have powerful networks that allow us to take a fresh look at how we share all types of information like never before. Harnessing the power of these networks for asset information provides the opportunity to share through the life cycle rather than a one time hand over.

 

Social Networks are changing Information Handover

Let’s consider an example of information handover that we can hopefully all relate to. For more than a century business cards containing information about a company or individual have been handed over during formal introductions. The information contained in the business card, we assume, is correct at the time it is handed over. Today the format has changed so that instead of a paper card we can exchange a vCARD where the information contained in the business card can be directly loaded into our contacts database. The format has changed, but the process itself remains unchanged – information is handed over from one party to another party.

Now those of us with trays of business cards, digital or otherwise, know this information erodes over time. People move jobs, move companies, change phone numbers, change email addresses, even change names. Significant amounts of information about us is temporal – that is the validity of the information has a start and end date.

Over the last ten years powerful Social Networks, such as LinkedIn, have changed this process from handover to one of sharing. The Social Network is a network built on trust where we invite someone to connect with us and they accept or reject that invitation. The Social Network then ensures that our connections have access to the information that we have chosen to share with them in the context of time.

"Information handed over is accurate only for that instant of handover”

ORDITAL: The Social Network connecting Assets & Products

Consider the case of a pump. The pump is a Manufacturer’s product which they sell either directly, or indirectly, as the objective of their business. That same pump is an Operator’s asset which they operate in order to conduct their business. The Manufacturer keeps information on the product allows his organization to manufacture, sell and support the product. The Operator keeps information that is required to operate & maintain the asset. Some of this information is shared, and a lot of it is temporal.

What could be temporal about a pump I hear you say? Well let’s start with the Manufacturer itself. Mergers and acquisitions ensure the corporate landscape does not stay still for long. And what about whether the product has been superseded or made obsolete? Why does it matter I hear you say? Well, if an Operator’s maintenance strategy involves reliance on replacement products being available within a certain time frame then the Operator needs to know when significant events such as product obsolescence occur so that contingencies can be planned.

At ORDITAL we are providing the Social Network to connect Assets & Products. And like any Social Network, the success of the network lies in providing value to all participants in the network.