Meter Change Out in Maximo for Transportation

I recently came across a feature in Maximo that can be really useful in scenarios where meter reset/meter changes are not so rare occurrences.

You may come across several scenarios where the meter on an asset is either replaced or reset due to certain maintenance activities. These maintenance activities could either be a scheduled maintenance like overhaul or be an unscheduled corrective maintenance due to a component or meter failure. In either case the meter reading of the meter in Maximo would have to be reset to a new value.

First thing that would strike you would be to enter the new reading on the asset through the enter meter reading option. But that wouldn’t work for continuous meters since if the new reading is less than the old reading, the meter reading will actually rollover and the life to date reading will show incorrect value. And if the new meter reading is more than the old reading, Maximo will accept the new meter reading but the life to date reading will still be incorrect.


This is where the meter change out feature of the Asset(tr) application comes into picture. The meter change out functionality updates the last meter reading of the meter with the new reading and also maintains the life to date reading. You also have the option to update the life to date reading while performing the meter change. See how it works –


Until next time!

Asset Alias in Maximo for Transportation

Maximo for Transportation has a unique feature in the asset application known as the asset alias. This feature helps to create multiple aliases for an asset.

Consider the scenario of a transportation asset, say a rail car whose number is defined based on the type of bogies and the truck system attached to it. So if the configuration of the railcar is changed, the number also changes. In Maximo, changing of the configuration will result in decommissioning of the old asset and creating a new one with the new railcar number. This will result in lots of new record being created in the system and loss of history of the asset. Asset alias functionality can be used to avoid this. Every time the configuration of the railcar is changed, a new alias can be added to the asset and the old one can be deleted.

The best part of this feature is that the user doesn’t have to remember the asset number while working on the asset in Maximo. Simply putting the alias in the asset number field in work order or PM application would fetch the asset number for that alias. And this feature of fetching the asset based on alias works not only in the transportation applications but also in the base applications.

How to add alias to an asset? – Refer the ibm technote below.

Using Asset Aliases in Maximo for Transportation

Asset Specification Removed if Asset Changed to Rotating

Did you know Maximo allows for a non-rotating assets to be changed into rotating assets by adding item to the asset from select action option in asset application. When this is done, any existing specification against the asset will be removed. If the item being attached to the asset to make it rotating has an existing specification, it will be copied over to the rotating asset. Any update then made to the specification of the item master record will update the associated rotating items.