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Intelligent Asset Management for Energy Efficiency: A Case Study of Advantech Co., Ltd.

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Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
  • Functional Applications - Enterprise Asset Management Systems (EAM)
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
  • Construction & Infrastructure
Applicable Functions
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Smart Collateral Management
Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Advantech Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based company offering hardware, software, system integration, design services, and logistics support, was preparing to construct two new buildings. The company wanted to avoid the issues that had plagued its existing facilities, particularly in terms of energy efficiency. This was not only due to the high costs associated with wasteful operations and reactive maintenance procedures but also because of the strict energy efficiency standards imposed by the Taiwanese government for new buildings. The challenge was to develop a solution that would enable Advantech to meet these standards and improve its overall energy efficiency.
About The Customer
Founded in 1983, Advantech Co., Ltd. is a leading company based in Taipei, Taiwan. The company offers a wide range of services including hardware, software, system integration, design services, and logistics support. With a workforce of 6,000 employees, Advantech has a global presence with offices in 21 countries. The company is committed to innovation and sustainable practices, as evidenced by its focus on energy efficiency in its new buildings. Advantech's proactive approach to problem-solving and commitment to sustainability make it a leader in its field.
The Solution
Advantech developed an advanced asset management solution that leverages IBM's Maximo Asset Management, TRIRIGA, and Global Technology Services. The solution collects data from sensors installed throughout the buildings, monitoring equipment performance and analyzing the data to identify potential issues. This allows Advantech's maintenance personnel to be proactive about servicing machines and adjust equipment usage in near-real time. The system can dynamically redirect energy by identifying and shutting off idle machines. This intelligent asset management solution not only helps in maintaining the equipment but also significantly contributes to energy efficiency.
Operational Impact
  • The intelligent asset management solution has brought about significant operational improvements for Advantech. It has enabled a proactive maintenance model, allowing the company to continuously monitor the buildings' internal systems and alert the appropriate personnel whenever a potential issue arises. This has resulted in fewer equipment failures and reduced downtime. Additionally, the solution's ability to provide near-real-time visibility and control over building assets has improved the company's overall efficiency. The system's ability to make dynamic adjustments to ventilation systems has also contributed to a more comfortable and healthier working environment.
Quantitative Benefit
  • The energy consumption in the first of the new buildings is 15 percent lower than anticipated.
  • The system provides near-real-time visibility and control over building assets.
  • The solution enables dynamic adjustments to ventilation systems.

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