Businesses are constantly on the look out for better ways to streamline their operations, especially when it comes to improving their bottom line. This objective has become even more important in recent years because of highly competitive markets, technological changes and economic conditions.
Monday, August 6, 2018
During the past two decades, Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) systems have been the preferred maintenance management solution for a growing number of customers across a broad spectrum of industry, corporate and service sectors. And there are good reasons for this. To begin, CMMSs are sophisticated and robust automated management systems that utilize thousands of data points that at any given time provide a user with an overview of a facility’s operation or alternatively, the status of an individual piece of equipment. These systems have the ability to monitor inventory levels, track and manage work orders, quickly generate accurate reports, and most important, they can instantly determine which company assets require preventive maintenance (PM). It is this latter feature - preventive maintenance - that forms the epicenter and most valued aspect of CMMSs. The introduction of PMs into maintenance management software has been responsible for extended equipment lifespans, improved organization, better time management and labor utilization and ultimately, reduced operational costs and increased company profits.
As powerful as CMMSs are, their optimal performance and resulting cost savings can only be realized through appropriate implementation and consistent system use. When it comes to implementation, this refers to making the management software fully operational. This involves a number of steps including system planning, data integration, PM development and scheduling and staff training as well as ongoing tech support. Without proper CMMS software implementation, even the most feature-rich system will fall short of its intended goals.
Monday, July 30, 2018
During the past two decades, businesses of all sizes have felt the effects of highly competitive markets, technological changes and economic challenges. For these reasons, business owners are seeking ways of operating smarter, faster and leaner; primarily in the area of operations maintenance. Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) systems were developed with these objectives in mind and because of that, they are now the preferred maintenance management solution for a growing number of customers across a broad spectrum of industry, corporate and service sectors.
Monday, July 23, 2018
During the past decade, more and more business owners are turning toward Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) as their facility management solution. Increased marketplace competition and economic demands as well as changes in technology and market trends have all motivated companies to seek enhanced ways of improving operations efficiency. Having previously relied on traditional spreadsheet or “pencil and paper” approaches for maintenance management, a growing number of business owners are now recognizing the need to make the switch to a CMMS, a system that goes well beyond simply tallying the numbers associated with repairs and equipment costs as well as stock levels. In order to perform at maximum efficiency, today’s businesses need to stay on top of their maintenance management activities through routine preventive maintenance checks, better resource allocations and demonstrated cost savings.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Without a doubt, making the shift to a Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) system can be a daunting experience especially for business owners who for many years have relied on spreadsheets to manage their maintenance operations. Recognizing the need for change can be a challenge on its own because it means finding a more robust and efficient solution to replace a method that is no longer meeting company needs. Furthermore, many business owners struggle with getting their heads around adopting an automated maintenance system that is completely unlike traditional “pencil and paper” approaches. Here are some common questions they ask:
Will a CMMS really improve my maintenance operations?
How much will a CMMS cost me in terms of financial outlay, resources and time?
How much effort is involved in transitioning to a CMMS?
How easy is a CMMS to operate?
Will my employees actually utilize a CMMS?
How will the CMMS adapt to my company’s changing needs?
Can I access the CMMS from wherever I am?
In the end, will a CMMS save my company money?
Given these and other concerns, it is understandable why many business owners are hesitant in moving forward with a fee based maintenance software system. Fortunately, there is a way to take test drive first with a free simple CMMS software system. While these systems are not fully featured or as customizable as fee based CMMSs, they will give business owners with a sense of how they operate and what they can do. For some business owners, the free CMMS software may be the perfect long term solution while for others it may be a stepping-stone to a more advanced system. Here are some things to consider when acquiring a free and simple version of automated maintenance software.
Monday, July 9, 2018
When we consider maintenance strategies, we’re typically looking at three options: run-to-fail, predictive maintenance, and preventative maintenance. The traditional option is run-to-fail, which essentially requires being reactive, wherein the plan is to fix equipment once it breaks. Run-to-fail options tend to cost a lot relative to parts and repairs, lost time in production, and overtime pay when the equipment is up and running again and you’re working to get back on schedule.
Since the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), maintenance strategies more companies are moving toward are predictive and preventive. The essential components of both predictive and preventive maintenance are that both options intend to anticipate problems before they occur in an effort to avoid repairs or failures and hopefully prevent things like line shutdowns and costly repairs.
Though preventive and predictive maintenance share similar end goals, their differences are important to understand as you consider which makes the most sense for your organization’s unique requirements and dynamics.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Navigating the world of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) can be confusing and also a bit intimidating. To begin, there is a large number of vendors out there. However, with the CMMS industry continuing its rapid growth curve, pinpointing the actual number of maintenance management companies can be difficult. Still, to give you a sense of what potential CMMS software buyers may be facing, a quick Google search for the term, “CMMS software vendors” produced 242,000 results at the time of this writing. It’s not surprising that when comparing CMMS software prices and trying to find one with the right fit for your company can be challenging. Here are some things to consider when searching for a CMMS within your budget: