Are you sick and tired of entering in multiple readings for child assets? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could put in one reading and it would just flow down to its children assets?
Well you can do just that, using the Update Component check box when entering readings. Before the magic happens you will first need to setup a few things.
Most importantly, you will need to make sure that the Parent Asset has a reading logged against it, and that the children also have a reading of the same type recorded. As a bare minimum, the Assets don’t need to have any data saved against them in any other part of the system, they just need to be in the Readings module, and that’s it. It’s important to note that if both the Asset and its child are not the same frequency type they won’t be updated.
Illustration of a Parent and its two Child Assets. Child 1 has the same Reading Type
and will be updated, Child 2 is different and won’t be.
To add in a new reading to your Parent Asset, do the following:
If you now look the children will have the reading for them, Child 1 should have been updated along with the Parent.
The reading has been processed for the Parent Asset.
No Reading has been added to Child 2, as it does not have the same reading type as the parent.
Child 1 has been updated as well.
While this is all well and good, it’s always good to understand what MEX is doing behind the scenes. When you click Process whilst having the Update Components check box ticked, MEX goes through and finds the difference between the last reading and the new reading and sends that down to the children. It is not populating the children with the new reading of the parent, but it’s the calculated reading that is populated for the child.
Readings entered against the Parent Asset
The Updated Child reading, which includes the newly calculated reading.
While some will argue that it should be the same as the parent, we have done this for a reason. If the different children have their own meter readings, and their meters breaks down. Entering the same reading as the parent will only cause confusion, especially if they know that the reading will be 150 hours, but what’s being shown are readings in the 1000’s if the parents readings are just passed down.
Additional Tip: If you want the Update Component check box ticked all the time: