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Machine-as-a-Service (MaaS)

An Alternative Purchasing Option with Two Major Benefits

Automate now instead of putting it off due to limited funding. By choosing a use-based payment option, you pay per erected, sealed or palletized case instead of the equipment. Machine-as-a-Service (MaaS) aligns operational costs with production output. Simply said, when your production runs smoothly, so does our payment. How’s that for sharing the pain?

MaaS users can also access data beyond basic case counts - fault types and counts, uptime and downtime durations - data useful in identifying month-over-month trends, proactively spotting potential issues before unexpected downtime occurs, or highlighting the need for additional operator training.

When is MaaS the right solution?

- Risk Management -

If you select automation equipment, the following concerns have probably crossed your mind:

Will the equipment truly perform as promised?
Will their service team be timely and effective if needed?
How can we detect performance issues early?

Now you don’t have to 'hope for the best' anymore. Since only a well-running machine is a paying machine, our priorities are perfectly aligned with yours. Monthly performance reports further help mitigate issues early on.

- No CapEx Funding -

You’ve got no shortage of automation needs, but funding is a different story?

Don’t delay automation paybacks. Now you can automate even if CapEx is unavailable. Efficiency gains from labor savings or increased throughput easily cover operating expenses and further reduce supply chain costs.

As minimum wages keep rising and labor not only becoming unreliable but also increasingly hard to find, can you afford not to automate?

FAQ: Machine as a Service (MaaS)

How does the program work?

We build and ship the equipment, provide start-up support, training and spare parts with no upfront cost to you. Users pay a per case rate.

Which machines qualify?

How long is the contract term?

There is no minimum contract term or case quantity. The machine can be run indefinitely. Pearson will supply a new machine when the total case output dictates it.

What are the requirements of Maas?

A persistent internet connection (hardwired or cellular) is necessary for collecting and sharing throughput data as well as performance information.

How are case counts recorded & billed?

Blockchain technology is the backbone of MaaS to securely document machine data and execute monetary transactions in real-time. By using this shared ledger, transactions are recorded only once, eliminating duplication of effort and associated risk of errors. All records are immutable, no participant can change or tamper with a transaction after it’s been recorded to the shared ledger. And to speed transactions, smart contracts - a set of rules defined between the program participants - are stored on the blockchain and executed automatically. Blockchain technology does not require, nor does our program make use of cryptocurrency.

What IoT platform is being used?

We are using SteamChain.io, an independent IoT platform with a secure transaction engine for network-connected machines.

Why is the software platform not homegrown?

We believe in providing best-in-class solutions. As machine builders, we leave software development to experts in their field. Using third party IoT solutions also helps eliminate the unnecessary cost of in-house development and ensures ongoing innovation from their collective experience with various customers and industries.

What are machine users responsible for?

Machine users are expected to adhere to the preventative maintenance program and maintain the machine in accordance with our machine manual. This includes the installation of wear parts, which are automatically sent to customers based on machine cycle count.

What if there is an issue with the equipment?

Contact Pearson technical support if issues cannot be resolved in-house.

Remote access capability and automatic performance notifications also facilitate Pearson’s ability to address issues proactively and troubleshoot and resolve issues remotely.