Why Manual Asset Management for your Industrial Assets Isn’t Enough: The Case for Automation

Article Written By: Jake Adler

Asset management plays a pivotal role in ensuring that businesses operate efficiently and profitably. While traditional manual methods of managing industrial assets, including used equipment, have served capital intensive industries for decades, the increasing complexity of operations and the sheer volume of assets have made it evident that manual processes are no longer sufficient. Enter automation – the game-changer that is revolutionizing the way organizations manage their assets.

  • Scalability Challenges with Manual Processes: Manual asset management often involves spreadsheets, paper records, emails and manual data entry. As businesses grow and the number of assets increases, these methods become cumbersome and prone to errors. Automation, on the other hand, offers scalability. Whether you’re managing a hundred assets or hundred thousand, Asset lifecycle management with automation can handle the load with ease.

  • Real-time Data Access: In the age of instant gratification, waiting for days to get asset-related data is not feasible. Asset management systems that provide full lifecycle management and automated capabilities enable real-time data access, to ensure decision-makers have the latest information at their fingertips.

  • Enhanced Accuracy and Reduced Errors: Manual data entry is susceptible to human errors, which can lead to costly mistakes. Asset lifecycle management with automation minimizes these errors by capturing and processing data, right at the source. This not only ensures accuracy but also builds trust among stakeholders.

  • Cost Savings: While there might be an initial investment in setting up an asset lifecycle management system with automation capabilities, the long-term cost savings are substantial. Reduced errors mean fewer financial losses, more information readily available means better decisions making, and automation can also lead to reduced labor costs and increased efficiency.

  • Integration with Other Systems: One of the significant advantages of automation is its ability to integrate with other business systems to provide greater visibility. For instance, an asset lifecycle management system can integrate with inventory management, procurement, and maintenance systems, creating a unified platform that offers holistic insights.

  • Predictive Actions: Asset lifecycle management systems that enable automation can leverage workflows to help predict and manage requirements when an asset might need to be sold or require maintenance. This predictive capability ensures that assets are serviced just in time, reducing downtime and ensuring uninterrupted operations.

  • Enhanced Security: With manual systems, there’s always a risk of data breaches or unauthorized access. Asset lifecycle management systems nowadays are often SaaS solutions which come with built in robust security features to ensure that asset data remains confidential and protected from those outside the organization.

  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Automation provides a wealth of data that can be analyzed to derive actionable insights. Businesses can make informed decisions based on this data such as whether to sell their equipment through an industrial auction leading to better asset utilization and optimized operations.

While manual asset management has worked in the past, it’s clear that automation offers unparalleled advantages in today’s complex industrial environment. Whether it’s real-time data access, predictive maintenance, or enhanced security, the benefits of automation are undeniable.

For businesses looking to stay competitive and ensure optimal asset utilization, moving away from manual processes and embracing automation is not just a choice; it’s a necessity.

If you’re looking to leverage technology to help with better asset lifecycle management or increase recovery rates on underutilized assets, Aucto’s integrated platform can offer a tailored solution.

Learn more about Aucto’s solutions here.

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About the Author

Jake Adler

Jake Adler is the Growth Marketing Manager at Aucto Inc. Graduating from Shippensburg University, Jake has over 6 years of experience in marketing, strategy, and sales. Jake is passionate about using data, storytelling, and creativity to bring life to organizations.