9 November, 2011
An industry, whether large or small, depends heavily on its equipment to get work done. Relying entirely on planned maintenance might not help you prolong the life of said equipment, mostly because faults usually occur without warning. Thus, something a bit more intricate that will point out any changes in vibration intensity, oil levels and so on is needed. And that something is CMMS Maintenance Software. A CMMS program is built with several components, but that of preventative maintenance is among the more important ones. Most CMMS tools revolve around work orders and inventory tracking, as well as safety management. But in this context, we examine the maintenance tool in more detail.
Maintenance software does not guarantee long life for your equipment in isolation though. It becomes the guiding tool that maintenance workers rely on. Ensuring that operations are without error and that any failure that is likely to arise is corrected guarantees equipment productivity for the longest time possible. The tool is meant for the maintenance department in the company/industry, and offers a comprehensive interface that covers everything from the simple to the more sophisticated equipment.
Considering the role that the maintenance software is burdened with, it’s only mandatory to ascertain that it is ready for the job. Finding a good vendor that can understand the nature of your business and provide something that will be able to fit in the environment is half the job. Maintenance needs differ from company to company. For instance a manufacturing company will have different equipment from an assembly plant. That means the maintenance needs, though similar, are very different and the CMMS system purchased has to be able to fit the role.
It is good to invest in CMMS Maintenance software that’s able to produce inspection lists when the time comes. This makes the whole process of preventive and corrective maintenance easier since the inspection lists act as a guide and saves on a lot of time. Any parts replaced, or upgrades done are recorded and everything about the equipment is kept track of.
Before the purchase of CMMS maintenance software, it’s good to get an estimate from the various vendors to see which one offers the best package for the most competitive price. All the CMMS program specifics are covered here and you get to decide whether the price you are offered is the best you can get. You can even get a demo of the product. This helps you learn about the user interface of the program, together with the various components it comes with. If the CMMS is sophisticated, inquire if the vendor offers some training on how to use it, and if that is going to cost any extra.
When you have all these details out of the way, you can purchase the CMMS maintenance software and see what changes it brings to your business. If it’s a success, then the return on investment is very high, more so when productivity increases, and equipments stay in health for a long time.
Ashcom Technologies provides knowledge-based business solutions to clients through a multitude of strategies and tools. In the process, clients receive a sustainable competitive advantage through the implementation of proactive strategies & technologies. CMMS plays a large role in this process.
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