MinMax Technologies is a Texas-based software company and a recognized leader in delivering leading edge software applications for substation visual inspection, maintenance, repair tracking, asset management, and accurate record keeping for NERC compliance. Known for its usability and creative use of technology, MinMax’s popular Substation Maintenance & Asset Reliability Tracking (SMART) software has been featured in the T&D World and is case studied by Microsoft.
SMART is a complete Asset Management System designed to achieve superior reliability and lower operating costs while fulfilling NERC and California GO 174 compliance. Key features to SMART's success are:
Cloud based solution hosted by MinMax requiring no support from utility's IT department
Distinct inspection (scheduled & unscheduled) and asset management functions with a comprehensive set of configurable libraries for equipment types, nameplate data fields, inspection questions, appropriate responses, and manufacturer information
Ability to build a comprehensive asset management inventory of all equipment items complete with documents, drawings, manuals, pictures, training videos, and test reports
Ability to instantly alert supervisors and inspectors about abnormal inspection results
Ability to perform schedule replication based on the frequency of inspection for an equipment
Ability to export all asset data and inspection results to Excel
Intuitive User Interface with minimal time required for technician training
Designed to operate with Internet (offline version available) on laptops, iPad, other tablets, and smart phones
(See SMART featured in T&D World magazine, Jan 2012, pp 44-48)
MinMax Successfully Launches SMART 4.0!
March 24th at 2013 APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Kissimmee, Florida
(This was the 57th year of this technical conference that focuses on safety, transmission and distribution, system planning, environmental issues, generation and fuels, and communications and control that is developed by and for the over 2,000 public power systems across the United States.)
The launch of SMART 4.0 at this conference has attracted utilities operating from a single substation up to 60 subs.
Below are some of the observations made by the attendees after witnessing the demo of SMART 4.0:
- "Liked the online procedures book as a guide for all visual inspections."
- "Preconfigured and prompted industry inspection procedures with system generated alerts and instant notifications would be a significant time saver."
- "Ability to configure equipment types, inspection sequence, questions and responses would make it a powerful tool for us."
- "SMART 4.0 can be used as a true asset management system."
- "Libraries provided by MinMax will give us a quick jump start because you already have 90% of the data we need."
- "Wireless technologies using laptops, iPads, tablets and smart phones separates this from the legacy systems that are currently in use."
- "Liked the ease of data export using Excel. Reporting for applicable NERC compliance to support audit will be a strong plus for utilities."
- "Love the hats, you guys are easily the best dressed people at this show."
SMART is now California GO 174 Compliant! For more information on GO 174, click here.
Use SMART to reduce your Electrical Preventive Maintenance (EPM) costs
A well-organized and implemented program minimizes accidents, reduces unplanned shutdowns, and lengthens the mean time between failures (MTBF) of electrical equipment. MinMax is launching its latest state of the art inspection tool SMART 4.0 (Substation Maintenance and Asset Reliability Tracking) tool to do just that. While following the four general rules of:
- Keep it dry
- Keep it clean
- Keep it cool
- Keep it tight
Utilities can use SMART to derive benefits from reduced cost of repairs, reduced downtime of equipment, and improved safety of personnel and property. Not to mention the improved morale of employees, better workmanship, increased productivity, and the discovery of deficiencies in the system.