Category : Enterprise Asset Management – Advice

Maintenance Maven Post Title:  Train ‘em up for success Times are a changing.  What an understatement!  Things are happening so fast in technology and communications it is difficult to keep current and be able to take advantage of all the features and benefits you bought. Too often technology, such as Smart Phones, Scanners, and CMMS is purchased or upgraded just to have the latest and greatest.  It is like we are addicts, or are sufferingRead More

In our recent article about estimating your CMMS Return on Investment (ROI), we identified eight go-to cost-saving categories inherent in a good CMMS. By examining your maintenance operations through the lens of these categories, you can create a realistic CMMS ROI. Today we wanted to walk you through a sample CMMS ROI calculation using a hypothetical company — let’s call them Ace Shoelace.  Ace Shoelace is a leading manufacturer of shoelaces in an alternate universe.Read More

March 25, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments When one of your ever so important pieces of equipment that is essential to running your business is on the fritz, needless to say, it can be a frustrating situation for everyone. Fortunately for anyone who has experienced untold amounts of headaches due to these sort of situations, there are CMMS systems that will help you transform the way maintenance is performed at your workplace. Preventative andRead More

Within the Value Driven Maintenance methodology, created by Mainnovation, there are four main value drivers that can help improve cash flows. By measuring and analyzing each driver an organization can increase their value potential of maintenance which is the sum of all free cash flows that are derived from improving one of the following: Asset Utilization – (Improving uptime, selling more products) Cost Control – (Reducing maintenance and reliability spending SHE – (Safety, Health, andRead More

When researching Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) / Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software for your company, it is helpful to calculate an estimated return on investment (ROI). Having a clear CMMS ROI is important for justifying the purchase internally and acquiring the capital investment from upper management. A tangible number can also help guide you to a CMMS vendor best equipped to meeting your expectations. Using a CMMS ROI Formula Calculating an ROI can beRead More

eMaint invites guest speakers to present at our popular Best Practices webinars, so why not have them give their two cents on our blog as well. It is our hope to feature a guest blogger, whether it’s an industry professional or an eMaint employee, each month. Feel free to suggest topics you’d like to have discussed or let us know how useful these blog posts are. The Hardhead of a Maintenance Man This may beRead More

The MicroMain Blog is proud to present another edition of our guest blogger series. We’re reaching out to third party industry experts for their take on maintenance management and how it can complement a quality CMMS system. In this guest blog, Ashley Halligan, a software analyst at Software Advice, met with three industry experts to compose a layperson’s guide to Facility Asset Management software. The range of software solutions within the maintenance and facility managementRead More

Summertime weather extremes can tear apart poorly maintained assets such as roofs, pools, chillers, and HVAC units. Don’t let your facilities take an necessary beating.

Maintenance Connection periodically solicits feedback from customers, obtaining valuable input regarding their decision to select our software and, more importantly, the factors that led to a successful implementation. We would like to share the responses received from two of our customers, providing insight to the keys to their success. In this week’s blog, we will showcase the City of Orlando, a customer of Maintenance Connection since 2006. Next week, we will look at the responsesRead More

Your organization thrives by adapting to industry changes. Why shouldn’t that be true of your CMMS? Sometimes it’s obvious your CMMS software is no longer receiving support. Maybe your vendor is openly redirecting their focus — or maybe they’re closing up shop altogether. Other times, software neglect is hidden. Your CMMS vendor is still in business and their phone number remains in service. But support is half-hearted. Rollouts of new software have trickled to aRead More

Spring is in the air — and that makes it a great time for a little spring cleaning. From a maintenance perspective, it’s the perfect season to reevaluate your organization’s inventory tracking process. A good computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) can help. Keeping track of your inventory is vital for reducing costs and maintaining supply. The right CMMS can let you know what items are available, reserved, on-hand, or on-order without having to resort toRead More

Micromain reaches out to third party industry experts for their take on maintenance management and how it can complement a quality CMMS system. Dale R. Blann, Principal/CEO of Marshall Institute, an asset management consulting and training company, is our first guest blogger. In this blog, the first in his “world class maintenance” series, he covers the three steps to achieving maintenance excellence. Guest Blogger: Dale R. Blann, Principal/CEO, Marshall Institute Inc. dblann@marshallinstitute.com  |   919-834-3722 The benefitsRead More

In this second “Profiles of Success” Blog Post, we will share valuable feedback received from Wellmont Health System, a leading healthcare provider in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Wellmont has been a customer of Maintenance Connection since 2007. Customer: Wellmont Health System What system (if any) was in place before Maintenance Connection was implemented? The system we were utilizing prior to implementing Maintenance Connection was a Windows 95, Microsoft Access-based programRead More

Hazardous materials and situations are something that most companies and organizations have to deal with. MicroMain’s software has the tools to help you manage these situations and materials. MicroMain Facilligence is our 100% web-based CMMS/EAM offering. It is designed for larger entities and organizations with multiple maintenance offices, especially in the public sector. Facilligence contains a Hazard module containing information about the different types of hazards employees may encounter at your facility. Hazards can include materials posingRead More

January 12, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments Let’s face it; most business managers despise the software that runs the various aspects of their company. Executives are forced to accept the shortfalls of software that runs their internal processes because they don’t have much else in the way of choice. Business has to roll forward and implementing a new system can seem like a heady task. As a result, there are many that have thrownRead More

Computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) is an essential tool to every Maintenance Manager. Many believe that the systems are a one trick pony, used exclusively for manufacturing plants but a wide range of industries can benefit from implementing a CMMS system. Though there are dozens of advantages, here are five benefits of a CMMS for facilities managers to consider.

Working in a group has become the focal point for many business classes in today’s collegiate environment. As you begin to work within more and more group projects, you’ll see that many projects are susceptible to stagnation and slow movement. Integrating a CMMS system will provide trackable solutions for your intergroup projects.

The decision whether to host your CMMS system on your own servers or use external servers and the cloud is an important one. There are pros and cons for each methods, from security to control and ease of use. Assessing your own needs and reviewing the options is the first step. Having your CMMS and database in the cloud, hosted or as using SaaS (software as a service) all come with the same advantages andRead More

When it comes to maintaining your fleet, MicroMain Maintenance Management is the equivalent of cruise control. A fleet can mean anything from a tugboat to an apartment complex golf cart to your standard everyday diesel electric locomotive. If it takes fuel, has wheels, and needs the occasional part replacement or work request, it’s part of your fleet. MicroMain’s CMMS software is your automated preventive maintenance-generating pit crew. The first step to getting full use outRead More

by Brad Squires Maintenance issues can get pricy, especially when a mission critical piece of equipment goes down. It’s only sensible that companies would constantly be working to better their maintenance management system. After all, DuPont reported in the mid-nineties that “the largest, single controllable expenditure in a plant is maintenance, and in many plants the maintenance budget exceeds annual net profit.” A budget that spirals out of control is unacceptable, and that’s why we’veRead More

You’ve gone through the demos, selected the vendor, and negotiated the purchase of your new CMMS – now what? The truth is you are only getting started. Over the next weeks and months you’ll need to work closely with your vendor to ensure your CMMS is configured to work well with the way you do maintenance. Here are 8 things you can do to make sure your CMMS implementation is smooth and your new systemRead More

eMaint Enterprises presented at the 2011 SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals) Conference in Greensboro, NC from October 17-20. They were joined by over 900 other Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and over 100 other companies.  During the week, eMaint connected with partners, customers, and prospective clients. The conference included Workshops, Plant Tours, and Best Practices information sessions. Both Gene Pargas and Lisa Williams represented eMaint at the conference and enjoyed attending various Best PracticesRead More

by Brad Squires Does your company or facility have a need to grow in maintenance productivity? Managing maintenance operations more efficiently can help to lower your spending on maintenance costs. Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS Software) is designed to help businesses manage their maintenance operations more efficiently, enabling them to spend less on unnecessary costs. CMMS software helps maintenance professionals get better connected to their operations, enabling them to improve upon how maintenance is beingRead More

You can watch this happy dude dancing all day long at the top right corner of this blog. Sure, it can be puzzling to see him rockin’ that tool belt. Does such a creature actually exist? Is there anything besides the lunch buzzer or breaking away from work that really makes a maintenance technician happy? And what about their supervisors and managers? Ever see them smile (let alone dance)?

October 28, 2011 by Brad Squires 0 Comments As any successful business owner can tell you, it’s impossible to stay profitable without ensuring that daily operations are running smoothly. The biggest, most successful companies on the market today can attest to this simple fact, as can be seen with the recent meeting of the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) in Dubai. These companies, which impact the global marketplace on a massive scale, know somethingRead More

Asset inventory management software solutions reduce the time and cost of tracking and managing all types of asset inventory such as distributed IT and data center assets. By fully automating the asset tracking process, we eliminate the high cost of manual tracking, while providing 100% accurate, up-to-the-minute, on-demand information regarding what assets you have, where the assets are located and when the assets move. This helps to eliminate the ongoing need to take inventory because now you have inventory. The asset inventory management software provides you with extremely accurate, real-time, on demand and vital inventory information.

CMMS programs are designed to take the busy work off your hands and provide a long lasting accountable solution for preventative maintenance, work orders, and inventory tracking. While most CMMS systems are relatively similar, it’s a good idea to figure out your needs before actually picking one to purchase.

For more than three decades, Micro-Coax has been serving the defense, telecommunications, and test/measurement marketplace with their high-performance, cost-effective solutions to the most challenging microwave cable configuration problems. Facilities Manager, Brian O’Connell, discusses below the challenges, implementation, and benefits of using a CMMS in the Micro-Coax Maintenance Department. Challenges Micro-Coax began searching for a CMMS about 2 years ago. We explored our present CMMS system supplier, trying to get it to communicate with our ERPRead More

More and more companies are investing in CMMS systems to organize the complex task of managing capital equipment and facility infrastructure whether it is process or production equipment or building systems like HVAC and computers. CMMS is a great organizational tool but cannot directly monitor equipment conditions. PdM technologies including thermography excel at monitoring equipment condition but do not have the ability to organize overall maintenance operations and have historically been closed proprietary systems. If maintenance practices and investments are to really pay off, the integration of the two tools is necessary.

CMMS which is the abbreviated form of Computerized Maintenance Management Software is a powerful tool used by many industries today as a method of controlling industrial maintenance operations. Initially, CMMS maintenance software was introduced so that the costs involved with the machinery maintenance setting in the manufacturing industry can be controlled. Since then, most of the industries and companies have learned that this software can prove to be really beneficial in almost any type of team industrial maintenance setting.

Pride in one’s work, knowledge, accomplishments and children is a good thing. Pride adds to self confidence, higher self-esteem and an overall sense positive outlook on life. However, too much pride may have negative consequences.

Aroplax Corporation specializes in precision mold design/building and quality injection molding production. Based in Monticello, Minnesota, they service the automotive, medical, industrial, agricultural, and consumer products industries. Aroplax chose eMaint X3 CMMS to schedule their Preventive Maintenance tasks and continues to share success.   Challenge The maintenance department at Aroplax was faced with the difficult, if not impossible task of handling its maintenance functions and responsibilities with no computerized or automated system in place. TheRead More

EAM, or enterprise asset management, involves the management of an organization’s physical assets, capital, as well as its back office system. This basically translates into the management of all processes of an organization including manufacturing, inventory, shipping, distribution, and logistics.

A CMMS system can be a necessity for many businesses – large and small, but often times the cost of the software can be a significant hurdle to overcome. We’ll review the costs of contributing factors and outline what your expectations should be when purchasing these tools.

This month Randy Pound, President and CEO of Solved Inc., hosted eMaint’s monthly Best Practices Webinar on Planning, Scheduling and Executing Outages. Outages or shutdowns are the most critical aspect of maintenance reliability. Through careful planning and standardization, any organization can excel at managing outages. Randy Pound  runs through some key steps to consider before, during and after an outage. First, the reliability and production team must work together not only during an outage butRead More

If you run a factory or facility with high value equipment or if you own large fleets of company vehicles, asset management software might be a worthwhile investment for your enterprise. The following article helps evaluate under what circumstances EAM software is the best fit.

Orange County Container Group, a leading integrated paperboard and paper-based packaging manufacturer operating within the U.S. and Northern Mexico was recently featured in the the August/September 2011 issue of Uptime Magazine for achieveing over $3 million in savings with their eMaint X3 CMMS. Bill Chant, Director of Maintenance and Engineering at OCCG, launched the CMMS pilot after ensuring it met several guidelines including:   Multiple location inventory management Integration with corporate accounting systems Bi-lingual product and customerRead More

The best way to get fit and stay fit is to maintain an exercise regimen and eat less junk. The same is true for your plant and equipment. By implementing a planned maintenance program and identifying maintenance waste items, you can create an environment where lean maintenance and lean manufacturing coexist. In the long run, you could improve reliability, realize significant gains in process efficiencies, and reduce the costs of maintenance activities. Read how oneRead More

Evaluation, Selection and Justification of CMMS Recently, eMaint Enterprises invited Ralph “Pete” Peters, President of Maintenance Excellence Institute, to deliver a Free Best Practices Webinar on evaluating and cost justifying a CMMS. Ralph drew from a real life case study that featured Argentina’s largest steel maker, SIDERAR, to document the CMMS evaluation/selection process as well as projected benefits and ROI. Ralph began by outlining the overall strategy for gaining maximum value from a CMMS: Determine theRead More

In case you missed the announcement, the Infor EAM Customer Forum 2011 will be held in Greenville, South Carolina, November 7–10, 2011. That’s right, Greenville, SC—the world center for all things Infor EAM (formerly Datastream). Join us at the largest gathering of EAM users and product experts, and participate in over 80 hours of sessions dedicated to EAM. Take advantage of the hands-on lab, which will be open during the entire conference. If you’re an Infor EAMRead More

I’m a Weather Channel junkie…I’m fascinated by weather in general and how it affects our lives, every day, all around the globe. What’s even more fascinating to me is how the meteorologists are able to accurately (well, almost always) predict weather conditions for nearly every corner of our planet, days—sometimes weeks—in advance. Thousands of years ago, people simply watched the sky to determine weather patterns. As the centuries progressed, so did meteorological technology. Now armedRead More

Driven by the desire to improve its energy efficiency and condition monitoring, a wastewater reclamation authority embarked on a project to integrate its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and enterprise asset management (EAM) applications to enable that objective. Read the full Plant Services article now in this installment of What Works to see how this facility improves energy efficiency and condition monitoring.

Companies are realizing that it’s no longer enough just to monitor assets. The time has come to proactively detect problems and drive corrective actions, as well as factor energy into maintenance plans, in order to stay competitive and grow. But how does an enterprise asset management (EAM) solution actually work on the shop floor to help reduce energy consumption and costs and keep your plant operating at its maximum efficiency?   Take this interactive tourRead More

In 2009, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced that it had selected Infor EAM Enterprise Edition to help reduce costs and increase productivity and became yet another in the growing number of success stories Infor has to share. CTA, the nation’s second-largest public transit agency, provides transportation for the City of Chicago and its 40 surrounding suburbs and will be using Infor’s EAM solution to determine optimum performance and maintenance levels on its more than 200Read More

You already know about ISO standards—the standards that many companies try to meet in order to improve their business, quality, and service. Later this year, ISO will publish a new global standard for energy management: ISO 50001. ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and utilities to manage energy. In fact, it’s estimated that the ISO 50001 standard may influence over 60% of all energy produced and consumed in the world.Read More

Business owners can now use latest GPS innovations and GPS monitoring systems to help keep track of their enterprise assets. GPS (Global Positioning System) originally developed for military applications became available for civilian navigational use since the year 1995.

Guest post by Sylvelie Franke, Director Marketing, Strategic Solutions, Infor EAM Asset management has been around for decades and is now considered a mature industry. But, that’s all changing with the evolution—transition, if you like—of the technology and the inclusion of energy, automation, and business intelligence (BI) to really have an impact on your operational, financial, and energy efficiency performance. Infor’s John Murphy, director of Solutions Management, sat down with the editor from Manufacturing BusinessRead More

In this day of uncertainty, people often gravitate toward anything that offers stability, dependability, and consistency—in personal relationships, institutions, or investments. We then use these as a foundation for creating our opinions, thoughts, and actions in the foreseeable future. We’re constantly on a quest for reliability. Those instinctual behaviors that drive our daily lives should also be second nature to us when we’re managing our assets. But many enterprises still manage assets as if they never degrade,Read More

The Automation on Maintenance Imagine this: You have a work order software system that creates work orders without human intervention. How would this benefit your organization? Let’s look at a couple of examples. Let’s say you have a building management system, or a production line automated by programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or some type of monitoring hardware. The data feeds into your work order management system, which applies intelligence to this data. When an eventRead More

How much time do your technicians spend diagnosing problems vs. fixing them? When your expert techs retire, how will you capture and pass along their knowledge to the new workforce? What are you doing today to build a knowledge base of answers? Over the past few years there have been discussions about labor shortages in the engineering and maintenance space. As the current labor engineering and technical workforce retires, a new pool of engineering andRead More