Category : CMMS Software – Advice

The Future of CMMS and Virtual Reality

If you are like me, you have been awaiting the rise of virtual reality (or VR) for a very long time. Thanks to recent advances in technologies such as 360-degree photography, the long wait is finally over and we can now leave our old humdrum, boring world in the dust as we dive head-first into digital realms unknown! But not all is fun and games when it comes to VR. In fact, the technology servesRead More

8 Tips for Reducing the Cost of Assets

In any asset-intensive business, it’s crucial to take the best care of assets as possible. It’s also vital to avoid downtime, which can have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line. The following initiatives can help your organization improve asset utilization rates  and operational performance while reducing long-term capital costs. Purchase EAM software. If you are not already using EAM software in your organization, it is worthwhile to consider. Enterprise asset management software automaticallyRead More

How To Achieve Inventory Process Reliability

As companies seek to achieve world-class maintenance reliability, many are discovering that the weak link in the chain is a lack of inventory process reliability.  Maintenance reliability too often suffers for the lack or misplacement of parts, and automated processes can only do so much without the support of your maintenance team. During this recorded webinar, Dan Floen, President of PM2, presents the foundational elements of a self-directed, high-performance work team.  Ultimately, inventory process reliabilityRead More

Not Just for Maintenance: How CMMS Benefits Other Functions, Part I

It’s true that CMMS is typically designed for maintenance operations. With the advancement of cloud-based CMMS/EAM today, however, well-designed platforms have become an essential system for other departments within, and outside of, the organization. A Spend Matters interview with Michael Croasdale, senior project manager at Source One Management Services, relays that MRO service providers should be lock-step in line with client companies, to the degree that they’re sharing “specific data to benchmark pricing, [ensuring] service levels exceedRead More

Determining CMMS Outcomes With Simple Cost Benefit Analysis

A positive return on investment (or ROI) is an important metric to prove before making a business investment decision. In most situations, ROI is calculated in the context of marketing and sales investments to expand an organization’s awareness or client base. Along with being one of the most important metrics from which to base decisions on, it can also be one of the most difficult metrics to calculate, especially when it comes to CMMS systems.Read More

How Mobile Tech Is Changing Building Management Processes

There are major benefits to updated technology processes for building managers. Some time ago, project management was represented by three things: a pencil, a piece of paper, and a methodology. Fortunately, time flies and technology evolves and finally, the latest tech has come to the industry of building management. Now, the tools a facility owner has at their disposal has been significantly increased! Managing a building or facility is no easy task, and keeping trackRead More

Cloud-Based Asset Management Tracks Activity Across Hundreds of Small Outlets

When you operate more than nine million square feet (840,000 square meters) of retail space across more than 1,100 small points of sale, facilities maintenance can become very challenging, very fast. It isn’t that any of the properties requires daily maintenance—and that’s the problem. None of the spaces needs enough time or attention to justify the daily presence of an internal maintenance specialist. But they still need to be managed and maintained at a levelRead More

Overcome Resistance to Change in the Maintenance Business – part 2

This is part 2.  So if you need to catch up, here is part 1. Disruptive Change in Maintenance at Jeffboat When implementing a maintenance management strategy, a critical component to most certainly deal with every time is the inevitable resistance to change.  Whether it is the introduction of new software or a complete overhaul of the maintenance function, the process of change usually represents the involvement of disruptive technology.  A “thought-path” of least resistanceRead More

Resistance to CHANGE in the maintenance business – part 1

This is a two part success story about how an iconic American ship builder chose to take the courageous step into CHANGE.  This first part lays the foundation of why a ship builder would need to change, plus gives insight into the challenges associated with such a decision.  Part two will give more details on that change process experienced by the ship builder, and help relate their success to how other maintenance or engineering professionalsRead More

Why is Preventive Maintenance So Important?

Is it Preventative or Preventive Maintenance? No matter how you say it either one it is essential to a Facility Manager and all the assets associated with the facility. This action is for the sole purpose of maintaining equipment and facilities in an optimal condition by using inspection, detection and corrective maintenance before any issues arise from normal wear and tear. The maintaining of the equipment provides an extended life to the equipment as wellRead More

Why Your Maintenance Management Needs a Mobile App

Mobile has surged as our channel of choice—and apps our new currency. Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends report illustrates a few ways the workforce is getting more tech-savvy with mobile: We’re using personal devices for work: 45% of millennials and 18% of older generations. We’re likely to download applications for work: 41% millennials and 24% older generations. Connectivity is up 830%+ since 1995 (from 9% to 84%). And connectivity via mobile devices is up 255%+Read More

How Preventive Maintenance Saves Money

Preventive maintenance is often still viewed by many companies as an unnecessary expenditure that is a waste of time and resources. In most cases, this is far from the truth and can prove to be a very costly mistake to make. Many companies tend to focus solely on the immediate issues that come up – repairing or replacing parts when something goes wrong in operations and reacting to other urgent matters. While this form ofRead More

Taking on Root Cause Analysis with Preventive Maintenance Software

Whenever an organization has a major failure of any sort, the top priority is to recover from the immediate damage or problems. From there, the next step is to keep it from ever happening again. Root cause analysis is a vital corrective step, allowing you to identify where losses are taking place and how they can be mitigated to improve equipment reliability and performance. Root cause analysis is a maintenance troubleshooting method that helps organizationsRead More

Famous Operations:  What can we learn?

Let’s face it: Not every facility is the same. While the concept of preventive maintenance may seem pretty cut-and-dried for the layman, in reality, it can be pretty complex and open to interpretation based upon the type of facility you are in charge of. With that in mind, sometimes, it is a good idea to tour other factories and buildings to get a sense of what other companies are doing and maybe take a fewRead More

CMMS 101: 12 Maintenance Software Terms You Should Know

This article was written by Hippo CMMS and appeared on their blog. We are sharing it because we think the content can benefit people new to computerized maintenance management systems and more experienced users. __________________________ If you are new to the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) world, you’re likely being inundated with acronyms and terms that are unfamiliar to you. To clear the confusion, we’ve developed a CMMS software cheat sheet outlining 12 common maintenanceRead More

Asset Criticality and Risk Ranking – Recorded Webinar

Wouldn’t it be useful to know precisely how much time and resource should be applied to each of your assets?  With Asset Criticality, organizations are able to rate assets to determine how critical each piece of equipment is to areas such as safety, product quality, customer issues, environmental issues, and production. During this 40 minute recorded session, guest speaker Terry Harris from Reliable Process Solutions LLC provides an overview of Asset Criticality and Risk RankingRead More

4 Ways Mobile Improves Maintenance Management

Workers are on the move today. Literally. Entrepreneur magazine reported on an updated forecast from International Data Corporation that “the global mobile workforce grew from one billion in 2010 to an estimated 1.3 billion in 2015.” Technology has played a role in that mobility, and continues to transform the way people work with availability across a wide range of devices. The maintenance sector has been affected in particular. What once required paper logs or terminal accessRead More

Watch your step! Common preventive maintenance pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Preventive maintenance, otherwise known as scheduled maintenance, is arguably one of the most important features that a CMMS provides its users. Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to maintenance management, ensuring that assets and equipment are routinely inspected to avoid downtime and increase their reliability. With all the benefits of a PM system, it’s surprising to learn how many pitfalls await account admin’s and system users both before account setup and after. What’s even moreRead More

Is Your Property Management Business Mobile Friendly?

Mobile Capabilities Of Property Management Businesses Renters are becoming more and more mobile, and swapping out their desktop computer for smartphones and tablets. If your property management business is not able to stay up with these new technology trends, you will not be able to attract a large portion of renter’s to your business. Make sure that your property management business includes these top mobile capabilities. Mobile website – not all websites are optimized for mobileRead More

The role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has changed profoundly—from basic mapping applications to becoming an integral part of enterprise decision making. Why? Because these systems have evolved to the point where they can be combined with other data to help identify patterns—where customers are buying, where your organization is spending, where waste is occurring, how to deploy personnel, where coverage areas exist, and how to prioritize issues. An enterprise asset management (EAM) system combinedRead More

Missed our webinar on Facility Management? No worries, we have a recording here for you. Learn how easy it is to manage space allocation, plan and execute moves, generate in-depth reports, satisfy emergency preparation requirements, and analyze costs associated with renovations, department charge backs and personnel changes.

According to the Institute of Asset Management, an asset management strategy is a “long-term optimized approach to management of the assets, derived from, and consistent with, the organizational strategic plan and the asset management policy.” Stated differently, an asset management strategy is a high-level but very important document that guides asset management activities within an organization. An Overview of the Strategy Development Process Implementing an asset management strategy is typically considered a six-step process, asRead More

Whether you are moving into a new facility, upgrading your current one, or building a whole new property from scratch, one of the most important factors to consider during the initial phase (including budgeting) is space allocation. How much space is needed for each department? Where will equipment be placed? These and more are basic space allocation questions every facility manager should be prepared to ask and plan for. As a facility manager or maintenanceRead More

If your maintenance department has fallen into the habit of chasing down repairs and fighting fires, it’s unlikely that implementing even the most feature-rich CMMS will change the culture.  In a reactive environment, the team member who gets saddled with the implementation will be sweating bullets as he slogs through asset data entry, while repairs pile up and work gets put on hold. Without taking the time upfront to look at the “big picture,” understandRead More

Disaster Preparedness Tips A disaster can strike with little to no warning, and can mean complete destruction to your building. Knowing how to properly prepare for any disaster can help to ensure that your building and tenants stay safe during a disaster. Keep these disaster preparedness tips in mind to be ready for any tragedy. Check the structure of your building – at least once a year, hire a professional to take a look at the condition of yourRead More

Oil and gas supply and demand is a central issue not only to the health of the global economy, but the global ecosystem as well. According to U.N. estimates, 82 million people are added to the earth’s population each year–and all of these people will require affordable energy options. But supply isn’t the only pressing issue. The energy sector must also find ways to provide options that: Are cost-effective for consumers yet allow a decentRead More

Learn the important factors to help estimate CMMS ROI. Improve maintenance performance and reduce costs with the CMMS installation that is right for you.

Over the last few decades, advancements in technology have dramatically changed the maintenance and reliability industry. Organizations have invested heavily in automation and technology to reduce staff overhead, improve product quality, increase safety, etc. Not only does technology automate a good portion of maintenance tasks, maintenance software can be used to detect defects and prevent equipment failure. Equipment failure has many negative consequences, including an adverse effect on profitability, lost production, and poor customer service.Read More

As we put the first month of the year firmly behind us, there is a magical feeling in the air. No, that isn’t the sting of Cupid’s arrow you are feeling: It is the heavy, bludgeoning blow of Uncle Sam’s tax stick, preparing to whack you firmly on the skull. With the tax season in full swing and the tax man making his yearly rounds, it is well past time to get your paperwork inRead More

So much to do, but so little time? We’ve all been there! When your to-do list exceeds the hours in the day it’s hard to know how to best schedule your time. Well fret no further and learn just how to best manage your time and get more tasks checked off on your list. This Best Practices Webinar covers EXACTLY how to get more jobs done faster in any job shop. Dr. Lisa Lang, PresidentRead More

As 2015 quickly approaches, you may have to peddle faster to squeeze out your maintenance goals in time for the new year. Perhaps 2015 is the year you finally change the perception that maintenance does more than change a light bulb – that maintenance keeps up production and cuts down costs. Use your remaining time wisely to take stock. Make 2015 the year you widen back and look at the big picture. Do you overseeRead More

Whether an organization is putting a new CMMS system into place or has been utilizing a tool for years, training should be a considered a critical component to successful usage. Training is necessary to keep up with new features in the software, enhance the skillsets of employees, and improve efficiency. Training sessions should be held for each person in an organization who will be using a CMMS on a day-to-day basis including technicians, maintenance supervisors, and administrators. A recent article in Reliable Plant Magazine reinforces this conceptRead More

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Let’s face it. Changing a light bulb is not exactly a major technical challenge for maintenance professionals. But what if your staff had to keep 20,000 light bulbs glowing every day of the week? And what if the success of your business depended on adjusting each of those 1,000-watt bulbs for maximum efficiency? To deal with those questions, the maintenance team at a giant commercial greenhouse employs Bigfoot CMMS to manage grow lights and a hostRead More

So, you have implemented a CMMS system for your maintenance program – great! Now we want to help you learn what data you are able to extract, what information you are able to pull from that system, and why it is important. We want to change how you think about metrics and how you get your business to think about metrics. One of the most common uses of a CMMS system is to gather dataRead More

If you haven’t upgraded to a mobile CMMS yet, what are you waiting for? These days mobile technology is more stable and cost effective than ever before. Organizations that had been reluctant to equip their maintenance technicians with mobile devices are now moving forward and deploying them due to their low cost and ease of use in the field. The reasons to use a mobile CMMS tool outweigh the small upfront costs of purchasing theRead More

When it comes to passing a government audit, three things matter most: documentation, documentation, documentation. At data centers, maintenance professionals are not only tasked with keeping power sources and equipment running 100% of the time, they must also keep records of every interaction with the company’s information systems and networks. A CMMS, like Bigfoot, plays an essential role in meeting that challenge, because auditors today demand a detailed picture of everything an enterprise does toRead More

The advantages of CMMS software are well documented in thousands maintenance books and Internet articles, however, the benefits of cloud based CMMS over traditional on premise CMMS are less well known. Cloud or hosted software means the software is available over the Internet whereas on premises is downloaded and installed on local computers or servers. Cloud software is making headlines everywhere as it is the next evolution of the software industry. Faster Internet speeds, cheaperRead More

In this month’s webinar, How a CMMS Supports Manufacturing: Marty De Los Santos discussed how CMMS helps manufacturing users. He showed the importance of using preventive maintenance to keep equipment working, how work orders are made when equipment is down, and the ways in which inventory prepares you to minimize downtime. The webinar was recorded and is available for you to view below. The recording is also available full screen. Webinar Transcription My name isRead More

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At  Maintenance Connection we care about our impact on the world as much as we do about our products and services. That’s why our MC Gives Back initiative is so important to everyone here at Maintenance Connection. Our staff are committed to making a positive impact on the community and have donated hundreds of volunteer hours over the years either in their local communities or on a global scale. We’ve tackled quite a lot on our international annual MC Gives BackRead More

Should you Focus on Asset Availability or Cost Reduction? Is this a question that is asked regularly in your organization? For many maintenance managers, asset management is a delicate balancing act between maximizing availability while lowering maintenance costs. Asset Availability and reliability are closely connected and discussed in a previous blog entitled How do Maintainability and Reliability affect Availability. In a nutshell, you can achieve better availability with better reliability. Traditionally, maintenance has been viewed as a cost centerRead More

Maintenance managers that make the leap to CMMS without considering how to help stakeholders adapt, are likely to end up with a frustrated maintenance department, resistant employee requestors, and a shiny new system that languishes “on the shelf.” The maintenance department of one specialty grocery chain learned this the hard way. The department had reached the boiling point of maintenance dystopia. There was no paper work, no formal way of keeping track of what wasRead More

We can all agree that if you have equipment that needs servicing, has value, and depreciates – you need a structure to keep up with maintenance. For one Canadian salmon producer, this structure was fairly basic. The maintenance team was able to keep track of smaller tasks on paper. For many organizations, employee buy-in is crucial to securing the right CMMS. Working with all maintenance operations personnel to prioritize CMMS requirements, such as ease-of-use forRead More

In this helpful webinar: CMMS Software ROI Estimator, Mark Stellfox discusses areas that can be affected by using powerful, effective CMMS software. You’ll also be able to estimate how to reduce maintenance costs and what the Return on Investment can be with CMMS.  The webinar was recorded and is available for you to view full screen here. Did you find this webinar helpful? Stay up-to-date with our scheduled webinars and be sure to join usRead More

You wouldn’t play professional sports without a coach; so why implement the right CMMS without a consultant? One Bigfoot CMMS user produces highly sophisticated radar systems for the U.S. Navy that, as you can imagine, requires precision-perfect equipment to build them in a highly-regulated environment. They put on their game face with Bigfoot “coaching,” and have the preventive maintenance (PM) completion rate to prove it. The U.S. Navy uses a radar system that monitors itsRead More

When we talk about picking the best computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for your organization, one of the top things to consider is how good the software is at asset management. With that in mind, in this blog post I am going to highlight 9 of the best things proper asset management can bring to your company. What Is Asset Management? Before you can understand the many benefits of asset management, you have to haveRead More

What is the difference between preventive and predictive maintenance? These two terms are often interchanged incorrectly; so an understanding of these 2 very different maintenance types can better help plan your maintenance strategy. Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance (also called planned maintenance or planned preventive maintenance) is driven by time, meter or event based triggering. Maintenance tasks that are undertaken during PM’s are pre-determined based on a number of factors including experience, age, manufacturers recommendations etc.Read More