A man goes to a psychiatrist. The doctor says, “You’re crazy” The man says, “I want a second opinion!” “Okay, you’re ugly too!” – Henny Youngman. Okay, so not all opinions, or assessments, are valuable. But assessment services are a part of our life:
Today, manufacturers often invest in assessment services for many reasons, including:
During a recent customer visit, an engineer at this manufacturing facility indicated that they had a large installed base of legacy control systems and their visibility into their process was through software running on Windows 95 PCs. They knew they needed to modernize but weren’t sure where to begin. On top of that, their IT person was leaving the company soon.
After a thorough walkthrough of the facility, we sat down with the customer and discussed a strategy that would help them make informed decisions around making capital investments, prioritizing the most critical areas during a phased modernization process. The first step was an assessment of the company’s network infrastructure while the corporate IT person was still on staff.
Following the assessment, we were able to make recommendations to ensure the support of modern automation equipment and a contemporary visualization solution. This phased strategy allowed the customer to use their maintenance budget to pay for the network assessment, which will better prepare them to make informed decisions on the investment of their capital budget. There were several agreed upon next steps, including a lifecycle analysis of their complete installed base of automation equipment.
Do you have a limited capital budget, or are unsure where to make investments? Our Professional Assessment Services might be a great first step. Here are just some of the assessment services offered:
Contact us today for our expert opinion. I promise we won’t call you ugly!