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LLumin's IoT-enabled Software Reduces Downtime for Manufacturers by Nearly 40%

LLumin | January 19, 2022

Four out of every five companies experience unplanned downtime. And that downtime significantly impacts the bottom line in manufacturing—costing companies as much as $260,000 per hour according to Aberdeen Research.

To combat downtime, something that's increasingly difficult in an economy with ongoing labor shortages and supply chain challenges, companies are turning to advanced technologies to minimize and reduce downtime, using machine learning and predictive analytics.

That's why LLumin's findings from analysis across manufacturing customers reveal something so important: Based on historical customer data, their real-time machine analytics platform reduces downtime by nearly 40% within the first 12 months of going live in a facility.

Not only that, LLumin's platform reduces customers' mean time to repair (MTTR) score—which measures the average time it takes to recover from a system failure—by nearly 20% within two years of implementing their CMMS platform.   

"We know firsthand from conversations with our customers that this platform delivers a lasting solution for curbing downtime—these numbers prove that it can help essentially any manufacturer concerned about equipment faltering. Monitoring machines in real-time and triggering preventive maintenance before a major issue arises is going to become an increasingly important part of how manufacturers thrive in the future."

LLumin CEO Ed Garibian

Minimizing downtime is crucial in sectors like the food and beverage industry—less downtime means less potential for spoilage, helping manufacturers run at optimum efficiency. LLumin's IoT-enabled solution provides proactive maintenance, which is a combination of preventative and predictive maintenance. Proactive maintenance supports time, usage, and condition-based maintenance approaches, all of which can be deployed simultaneously with LLumin.

LLumin, a trusted CMMS partner for prominent food and beverage manufacturers like Sunny Delight Beverages, American Beverage Corporation, a2 Milk, and Miller Milling, and a provider for global brands like Rockwell Automation and Caterpillar, is committed to providing solutions that curb downtime and enhance safety in plants.

About LLumin
LLumin Inc., is redefining industrial automation by integrating real-time machine and operations data with business rules and policies to automatically trigger intelligent, predictive actions and outcomes. Using a "bias towards action" approach, LLumin moves beyond traditional Asset Management Solutions to provide customers with an intuitive, always-on, software solution that integrates seamlessly into their existing technology platforms.

Spotlight

Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technologies are serving a need in multiple IoT markets for devices that are low cost and sustain long battery life, and networks that are low cost, cover wide areas, and can support massive numbers of connections. There are several options for LPWA connectivity, but LoRaWAN and NB-IoT have shown the most momentum and will garner the largest share of the LPWA market in the coming years.


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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Kontrol Technologies Expands BioCloud Technology into Japan

Kontrol Technologies Corp. | January 15, 2022

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

MaxLinear Expands Portfolio of Industrial Ethernet Products with a Quad-Port 2.5GBase-T PHY and 1GBase-T Switches

MaxLinear | April 08, 2022

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Identiv, Inc. | April 06, 2022

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

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ELEVAT | May 11, 2022

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