You and I feel it at the gas pump and in our heating bills. The skyrocketing costs of fuel and energy have all of us looking for ways to cut back on these expenses. And it’s hitting industry just as hard as it is our families. Many organizations are starting to take measures to reduce their energy consumption, but in many cases these attempts are often limited in what they can achieve. Most companies startRead More
What person is responsible for managing the costs and communications associated with your company’s energy consumption? Most likely it’s a number of departments: purchasing, responsible for securing energy and initiating tax rebates; HR, which manages internal communications to current and new employees; and investor relations, involved in CO2 emissions disclosers to investors and other external organizations. It’s also very likely that all of these departments report to your company’s CFO. But a current survey conductedRead More
Enterprise asset management (EAM) is an organizational method that usually comes with software.
Great turnout for the first day at the National Facility Management and Technology Expo (NFMT) Conference. I reunited with colleagues and saw a lot of familiar faces. If you’ve ever attended maintenance shows or joined maintenance organizations, you’ll recognize one person from SkillTV.net: Joel Leonard. I always enjoy hearing him share his interesting maintenance stories. Being a maintenance professional myself and sharing best practices and some of my own experiences, I find it exciting as well as educationalRead More
Day two at National Facility Management and Technology Expo (NFMT) Conference features the Solutions Exchange. It’s composed of many tables representing different discussion topics. Each discussion lasts for about 20 minutes. Once the time is up at one table, participants move to a new table and discussion topic. Infor sponsored the topic “Energy Reduction at Your Facility.” The discussion centered on how organizations can address the single biggest cost element when managing their assets. The attendees learnedRead More
Please join us as Dan and Julie Floen, President and CEO of Professional Materials Management, Inc, discuss and demonstrate how your CMMS can provide you with information to help answer these questions about reducing your inventory. The BIG question they will address is how to make the most of your inventory investment while preserving service levels to your user community and customers. Inventory represents a major financial investment. But, cutting inventory can open us upRead More
These days, when someone says the word “green”, they probably aren’t just talking about the color of your sweater. “Green” and “Going Green” have become the buzzwords du jour for organizations looking to maximize sustainability within their operation. The move to be green is more than just a fad or buzzword, but rather a key component of an effective maintenance operation. A crucial stop on the path to sustainability and becoming “green” is in the implementation of an Enterprise Asset Management / Computerized Maintenance Management System (EAM/CMMS). When used and implemented to high standards, maintenance software can be the most powerful tool in your belt on the path to sustainability.
I’ve worked in the plant maintenance industry for years. How did KPI’s look in those days? Here is an example KPI in 1988: “Keep the machines running”. Fresh out of engineering school and thrown into the corporate engine, my life was all about keeping the conveyor belts running. That was the priority (and still is, but said differently) at United Parcel Service so that little Jimmy would get his red wagon in time for Christmas. Although we had noRead More
I recently spent some time helping a well-known yogurt manufacturer improve their visibility into their daily maintenance process. Their CMMS product is 10 years old, not updated with the correct patches, and the reporting software is equally as ancient. The manager in charge of maintenance performance seemed less stressed this time as compared to last. During my first visit he was newly appointed as the person who would take their CMMS and revamp the plant maintenanceRead More
There has been a shift in behaviors shown by both consumer and B2B shoppers with respect to their due diligence process, decision-making, and purchasing actions. During the past several years, these standard marketing and sales cycle steps have taken on more of a self-service approach. During the upcoming year 2010, more than ever before, people will be using Google Search, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Answers, LinkedIn, and other sources to decide what products and services best meet their needs. Almost completelyRead More
I do quite a bit of training on MP2 CMMS across North America. As I visit sites and work with maintenance teams, there are some similaritieis worth sharing. Regardless of whether the maintenance business I am working with is tasked to maintain assets within either Manufacturing or Facilities, the underlying challenges remain similar. My point today is to stress that maintenance improvements can be realized WAY before CMMS is installed and configured. In fact, without someRead More
CMMS Advice is a blog dedicated to centralizing information for folks interested in learning more about CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software), or on a larger scale EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) Software. The format of this blog will be a free-form mixture of opinions, articles and whitepapers with CMMS or EAM as the central common thread. This blog is being powered and funded by Software Net ( www.software-directory.net ) and specifically the CMMS category, also represented onRead More