If you work in an operation, you would already be familiar with the term Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) as many organisations use one of these as the system of record. Most operations use these systems for inventory and supply chain management, asset maintenance, accounting, human resourcing, and customer relationships. They assist with centralising data, standardising business processes and automation of manual and routine functions.
However, ERPs and CMMS’s are expensive, require significant training and have limited customisation to suit 24/7 operations. Therefore, these systems are not typically used for managing day-to-day operational activities.
TCard can help transform your operation
What your ERP or CMMS may lack, TCard offers, with enhanced solutions and features designed specifically for your operational teams.
TCard is a simple-to-use operations management solution designed to help plan, schedule and manage activities easily and efficiently, facilitate two-way communication and provide clear visibility of the status of tasks.
Originally developed in conjunction with Glencore Mount Isa Mines, TCard was born out of the need to develop a fit-for-purpose industrial operations management solution to improve transparency and standardise regular activities to ultimately improve production, safety, and housekeeping.
TCard doesn’t replace your ERP or CMMS, it complements them by providing industry fit-for-purpose benefits that other systems don’t, such as shift pattern scheduling, shutdown awareness and operational communication.
Driven by shift patterns
Whilst TCard supports traditional schedule periods such as daily, weekly and monthly, it also supports operational shift patterns, ensuring the right activity is done at the right time. A simple report will also show the distribution of activities across crews, to ensure the operational load is spread across all teams.
During shutdowns, some activities may not need to be completed. With TCard, it is easy to remove the noise of activities that aren’t needed during a shutdown, saving precious time so that operations can focus on value-adding activities. Configuring the plant hierarchy in TCard allows you to group multiple pieces of equipment, making an area specific shutdown easy.
TCard also helps with a shutdown by capturing the critical operator activities required to be completed before, during, and after a shutdown to ensure the shutdown runs smoothly, on-time and that production is maximised.
Improved operational communication
When carrying out operational activities, operators had to traditionally wait for an appropriate time to provide or receive feedback from supervisors or management. Waiting to provide or receive feedback can lead to delays and complications. TCard empowers two-way communication by connecting operators on the floor with supervisors and management. This is done by allowing contextual operator comments and the ability to request feedback when required. Supervisors and management are alerted when an activity needs attention, meaning they can ask the right questions and provide valuable feedback to operators. Improved communication creates a connected workforce that can respond to issues quickly and ensures you ask the questions that need to be asked.
Instant use and capabilities with seamless integration and minimal configuration
TCard is cloud-based and is accessible anywhere from all devices. Its features are simple yet powerful, with an easy-to-use dashboard for your operations team to see what activities are required and which are complete. The use of templates simplifies and automates tasks involved in everyday operations with minimal effort. Setup is so quick and easy, you can be up in running within a few weeks.
Integrating TCard as part of your operations management, and through everyday use within a short space of time, you will start seeing significant improvements across your operation and team, such as reduced variability and downtime, greater visibility, increased engagement and optimised operations management.
TCard is thoroughly recommended if you are looking for a digital solution that is proven to complement an existing ERP or CMMS to enhance operational stability through teamwork, structure and insight.
To find out more or to request a demo, visit the TCard page.