IFS launches a new solution for reliability-centred maintenance (RCM)

MELBOURNE, OCTOBER 18, 2012 IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces the launch of the IFS RCM Toolkit. The solution is optimised for any industry that implements complex or capital-intensive assets and is delivered through a flexible cloud-based model.  

"With a huge number of capital-intensive projects moving into production over the next few years in the Australian resources sector in particular, organisations are looking to minimise the risk of safety, environmental and operational failures while controlling operational costs," said Rob Stummer, Managing Director at IFS Australia and New Zealand.

"A reliability-centred approach to maintenance is the best way to achieve these objectives and help to avoid potentially catastrophic accidents like the 2008 Varanus Island gas explosion in WA and the 1998 Longford gas explosion in Victoria."

The IFS RCM Toolkit delivers maximum operational availability with safe but optimal levels of maintenance.  It is targeted at any industry that implements complex or capital-intensive assets or is reliant on correctly functioning assets to provide an output.  Typically, these will be complex, safety-critical assets. The solution is ideally suited for organisations in which maintenance is challenged by complex environmental factors.

The new IFS RCM Toolkit:

 Delivers core RCM process support capability using the latest presentation technology and conforms to SAE standard JA1011.

 Provides a defensible, methodical and scientific approach to the establishment of safe optimum levels of maintenance.

 Supports the establishment of capital maintenance regimes, strategies and plans.

 Delivers improved cost effectiveness, equipment uptime, and a greater understanding of risk.

 Ensures that safety, environmental and operational failures are minimised, reduces over-maintenance and focuses scarce economic resources on those items that would cause the most disruption if they were to fail.

"The IFS RCM Toolkit is based on IFS's long experience in asset-intensive industries enabling our customers to secure asset safety, cost effectiveness and uptime," IFS CTO Dan Matthews said. "The RCM Toolkit is available with the IFS Cloud in line with our strategy to enable customers to extend the capabilities of IFS Applications with applications in the cloud."

"We are pleased that IFS has chosen to base the applications in IFS Cloud on Windows Azure," said Kim Akers, General Manager within the Global ISV Group at Microsoft Corp. "The RCM Toolkit is a great example of how the Platform-as-a-Service capabilities of Windows Azure can be used to build cloud-based applications that are scalable and highly-available."

For more information or a free trial of the IFS RCM Toolkit, please visit our website.

About IFS
IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology.  IFS focuses on industries where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects.  The company has 2,000 customers and is present in approximately 60 countries with 2,800 employees in total. Net revenue in 2011 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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