Idler Management Software

The financial impact of failed conveyor idlers is no secret, with many sites reporting it to be one of the leading causes of downtime leading to production loss. With this in mind PDS have design a class leading Idler Management tool. When we look at the cost/benefit gains seen by our clients, using the software is the simplest of decisions.
The Idler management software is designed to replace and enhance many of the current manual systems employed by site.  There will be no more lost tags or incorrectly entered information causing inconsistencies or delays.  All faults that are logged are visible by key personnel immediately and rectification can be carried out in a more timely fashion.
Failure trending can be carried out allowing better planning of recourses and stocks.  This enables better planning for the requirements of bulk change outs.
PDS have calculated that for the average site the labour and damage savings alone equate to approximately $30k per year per Km of belt.  This does not include downtime savings or benefits seen from better resource planning.
Installation and access issues can be prepopulated for idler position allowing better pre planning of replacement should special equipment be required.
PDS Idler Management allows (and recommends) the use of a variety of inspections methods. PDS have experience in idler thermography, bearing sound monitoring (using the SKF Idler Sound monitor®) and can recommend idler management strategies to be used in conjunction with the software.
The PDS Software Package
PDS Software is ideal for the interrogation of component deterioration and for predicting product, operational and environmental influences that may adversely affect operational efficiency.  Information captured by the PDS Software allows users to drive management strategies for condition monitoring and equipment replacement, planning and scheduling.
The PDS Software consists of Asset Management as its core application along with additional modules including Idler Management, Wear Management and Inspections which can be purchased individually as required. The software is licensed on a per module, per site basis and is provided on a non-transferable subscription. The modular structure of PDS Software provides clients with the freedom to select only the modules that relate to their particular requirements. This condition management solution is web-based supporting multiple browser types and device types. An optional ruggedised version is available to best suit the user environment. 
Ongoing Support
All feedback on the functionality and usability of the PDS Software is welcomed. We often incorporate new ideas from our customers, this way we can continue to value add to their business and ensure our products offer the best outcomes for our customers. Along with our commitment to product improvement, we are also committed to client support. We know that by supporting our clients, they can get the best from our software – it’s that simple. We deliver 24-hour access to our technology through a securely hosted cloud environment, which includes regular software updates. Customers also have access to our online knowledge base to provide answers to technical questions you may have.
Software Security
The PDS Software supports password retention policies, expiry intervals and complexity rules. Passwords are encrypted and are not sent over the internet or stored as plain text. The data centres for the hosting of the PDS software is within Australia and the infrastructure is supported by a Newcastle-based company. This arrangement means both the physical protection of our customers’ data is protected with the latest in hardware and software security methodologies.

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