In our discussions with plant level and corporate personnel, we have become aware of some typical problems of implementing corporate-wide software.
High initial cost (up to several hundred thousand dollars per facility) plus additional time and cost of programming to “customize” the software after it has been purchased
High training costs for difficult-to-use software
Lack of acceptance by plant personnel
Data is already in spreadsheets, databases, paper files, etc.
TMS 5.1 specifically addresses each of these issues.
Installation of TMS at a single plant including training is typically less than $20,000. TMS is not a “shell” program that requires months of custom programming after you buy it or a “modular” program that requires additional purchases to cover all equipment.
TMS is an industry standard software program that is supported, maintained and updated in response to our clients’ needs. The plant or IT department will be able to install and manage TMS. This will cut costs dramatically over developing “in-house” programs. You have the resources of an industrial software company working for you.
Additionally, some of the best inspection / engineering companies are using TMS, which can further reduce your inspection and data entry costs.
Because TMS is easy to learn and easy to use, less time is required for training, resulting in a lower cost. We currently teach a 2-day TMS Fundamentals course that has high levels of enthusiasm and retention. Free telephone support is always available to plant personnel that have completed the TMS Fundamentals course.
Acceptance by Plant Personnel
TMS is well liked and accepted in numerous plants because it was developed with plant level input. Because TMS has been proven at the plant level, it is already a comprehensive mechanical integrity application with the features and functionality required by all types of process industries. As soon as it is installed, your personnel can start using it.
Existing Data Storage
Many facilities are using older commercial database systems, programs that were developed in-house and spreadsheets. In some cases there are many different programs in use performing the same or similar functions. Although each application may be suited for its specific task, there are some drawback:.
Time required to develop and maintain in-house programs
Different programs for similar tasks make it difficult to combine and report data efficiently
Separate programs may mean that much of the same data must be entered repeatedly
If the “champion” of a particular program leaves, there may be no one willing or able to maintain and use that application
Proper control of access to data is difficult
Contact us about converting your existing data into TMS so you start enjoying all the benefits of a well-documented, comprehensive network-ready application. Your staff can concentrate on business, not on becoming computer experts!