What exactly is TAM?

Maybe you’ve been wondering, marketing speak aside, what this new tool from TruQC and Carboline does?

Well, we’re glad you asked. We could describe TAM as an integrated software solution for tracking and managing complex asset portfolios on job sites. And that wouldn’t be wrong. But what does that actually mean? What does it do? How can it be making your life easier? Chances are, we’ll hold your attention a little better by answering questions like these.

TAM stands for total asset management. It’s meant to solve real problems owners and project managers experience on job sites. But when introducing new, powerful software, if can be tempting to fall back on jargon to explain how it scratches a particular itch. Instead, here are some real issues we see TAM solving. Some are hypothetical, and some are real concerns we’ve heard voiced by owners. TAM has something to say about them all.

Asset tracking. Plain and simple.

“I know my crew needs to take a truck, but I can’t remember which vehicles are here and which aren’t.”

There’s now an app for that. TAM helps you keep tabs not only on what you have, but where it’s located, when it’s last been serviced and many more details in the biography of each and every one of your assets.

“There’s been a safety incident with a building on the campus of my industrial facility and I need to quickly pull up maintenance reports for all work performed on that section of the building in the past few years.”

TAM can do that. It provides owners with the type of documentation that could prevent litigation and provide a fuller account of an incident.

“I have a feeling maintenance materials for my facility are getting lost in the shuffle. I feel like there should have been leftover material from my last purchase order…”

Know exactly which materials were used in a job and even use barcode scanning technology to locate Carboline products. Plus, all user guides, warranty information, diagrams and other related documents can be associated with a given asset, making it easy not only to keep track of the asset, but its pertinent documentation too.

“I know we’ve coated the structural steel in my facility before, but I can’t remember how long ago it was, which products are used or even when scheduled maintenance should occur.”

TAM helps to keep track of maintenance details long after the job is done. Even receive coatings recommendations for a specific asset and save maintenance specs for a quick reference the next time around.

“I’ve successfully kept track of my assets for more than 20 years. I know what I have and what shape it’s in.”

We know you have a mental map of what’s yours. But if you’ve been growing during that period, chances are managing it all isn’t getting easier. And when there is easy-to-use software available to give you a complete picture of your assets—from the date they were last serviced to comments from workers on the job—why take that all on yourself? TAM is about simplifying asset management, not complicating it.

“I already use digital reporting software. Doesn’t this do the same thing? Plus, it’s getting to be a little too much technology at the job site.”

If you’re already using TruQC, TAM’s expanded reports will provide asset-tracking assistance that’s completely integrated with your original software platform. TAM doesn’t make TruQC irrelevant. It makes it even more powerful.

These are just a handful of the places where TAM can step in to keep things running smoothly. For a full explanation about how TAM could be integrated into your business operations, talk with someone at TruQC about a TAM demo.