Do you know that Blue Mountain RAM offers two types of scheduling? Read the following to check and supplement your scheduling knowledge.
After you create event records, you think about what schedules you wish to establish. To decide, you will ask yourself a number of questions:
- Will a meter reading determine when the Event is performed (meter-based)?
- Will the passage of time determine when the Event is performed (date-based)?
- When is the event being performed for the first time (due date)?
- Will the event happen one time or will it repeat?
- If so, how much time or meter counter units pass between repetitions (frequency)?
- Who should be scheduled to perform the event (scheduled person)?
Event Scheduling is done through asset records. An asset record View Menu item, “Event Scheduling”, opens a window of the same name. The Event Scheduling Window will have one row for each event the asset has. Right-click a row and choose “Edit Schedule” to begin.
Date-Based or Meter-Based?
Event Scheduling can be either date-based (time determines when the event is performed), or meter-based (usage determines when the event is performed). Date-based schedules might occur every 30 days, or every January and July, or every quarter, etc. Meter-based schedules might occur every time an asset has 1,000 hours of usage (hours meter monitors the asset), or a system has processed 50,000 gallons (flow meter monitors the asset), or a mold must be replaced when it has produced 3,000 parts (units counter).
It is possible for one asset to have some events with date-based schedules, and some other events with meter-based schedules. However, it is not possible for a single event to be scheduled simultaneously as date-based and meter-based.
NOTE: People create meter-based schedules when they want a meter reading to trigger the performance of an activity. It is important to strongly emphasize that the success of meter-based scheduling relies entirely upon timely data entry of meter-readings. Without data entry of meter-readings, BMRAM will not be triggered into populating the Due Date Field and the event will never come due. It is a good practice to identify how and when meter readings would be entered into BMRAM, before creating a meter-based event schedule.
For further information, consult your Blue Mountain RAM User Manual. Search “Event Scheduling”. If necessary, contact us for downloads of the manual PDFs. Consider attending a Blue Mountain Regulatory Asset Manager Training to learn about this subject as well as many, many more! Visit www.coolblue.com to learn more about training and schedules.