Category : Machine Reliability – Advice

In this two part interview series, we will chat with two Implementation Consultants from Maintenance Connection, sharing insights about customer implementations. MC IC’s maintain a pretty busy travel schedule, but we tracked down Steve Gustafson between flights and got him to share a story with us about a unique customer implementation. MC Implementations always present challenges, but can you think of one that was especially unique? “Yes, time is always of the essence to customers,Read More

Computer Maintenance Management software (CMMS) is one of those technologies that can bring your business over the top. This software has the ability to keep your workforce on track and working towards a goal tailor-made for your company. There are certain factors, like budget and usability to consider before you jump into your CMMS options.

Fixed asset management is one of the important areas of management of a manufacturing enterprise. The profits and long term strategy of the business can be significantly influenced by asset management.

There are basically two different type of scenarios for CMMS and companies must decide which works the best for them as what might be the best option for one company may not be the best choice for another company. So lets briefly introduce the two options and then briefly discuss each one. For starters, those who are not familiar with CMMS perhaps an introduction is in order.

All companies have a number of critical assets that have a direct impact on business activity and performance. Assets allow companies to compete and generate profits in an increasingly complex economic environment.

Many companies that depend heavily on the performance of their assets are opting for upgraded Enterprise Asset Management systems to deal with the changes in the global economy. These new systems provides new insights into the way in which equipment should be designed, constructed, installed, used, and the maintained so that the costs are kept to a minimum.

Optimizing preventive maintenance tasks performed is an effective way to streamline maintenance and help reduce the likelihood of failures. Simple changes in process and a little more planning are all that is needed. Marshall Institute is an asset management consulting and training company dedicated to helping companies improve the maintenance contribution to their organizational performance. Their president, Greg Folts spoke at our Users Conference this past year and gave some helpful tips for optimizing PMs. CompareRead More

Setting up a professional asset management system is actually quite easy. Let’s discuss the four major steps to implementing a system, then explore inexpensive and enterprise-level software solutions by comparing four major software packages ranging from cheap to expensive. Once the software is decided upon, only a couple more components and you’re done!

Building Efficiency and Your CMMS  | Blog                   Energy efficiency saves money and helps reduce greenhouse gases. IFMA partnered with Johnson Controls to look at how companies feel about energy efficiency, how they are achieving energy efficiency and what methods are the most promising. It all came together in the 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator. IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facilityRead More

For any business that banks on the functionality of its assets, having them in proper working condition is primarily important. The workings of any and all equipment is expected to be flawless with every rising sun, and to achieve that, a little technological help is needed. It’s an aid called Enterprise Asset Management. Sometimes referred to as computerized asset management, enterprise asset management is a necessity when it comes to reducing the costs of asset ownership.

Gluttony is one of the 7 Deadly Sins of asset management. It is also one of the easiest to identify because of the impact it makes on energy costs. It is also the easiest of the 7 deadly sins to fix. For maintenance managers, gluttony is when assets that require energy (electricity, water etc.) begin to consume more energy than normal.

As the New Year rolls around there are thoughts of improvements and goals for the year ahead. Similar to personal resolutions, business resolutions involve a look at the past year: what worked and what didn’t work? Maintenance and Facility managers are realizing that fine-tuning last year’s operations are vital for the New Year’s success. We recommend these resolutions as a way to improve procedures, increase savings, and gauge success. 1. Plan A successful year isRead More

CMMS is short for Computerized Maintenance Management System. Web based CMMS software programs help public and private organizations manage their maintenance from any location, by logging onto the Internet. Most of them provide features such as work orders, tracking and controlling of inventory, maintenance histories, costs and schedules of maintenance by the hour.

Watching the news about the recent storms in the Midwest and Northeast got me thinking about the impact weather has on our lives and our surroundings. We all know that preparing for weather events is critical, but many times you just want to get through the event, not optimally sustain your environment. Yet sometimes you take overkill measures to avoid the most extreme dangers, such as stocking up food for a month as a blizzard approachesRead More

The MicroMain Blog is pleased to present another entry in our guest blogger series. We are reaching out to third-party industry experts for their take on maintenance management, especially as it relates to a successful CMMS solution. Dale R. Blann is the Principal/CEO of Marshall Institute, a leading asset management consulting and training company. In this blog, the fifth and final in Dale’s five-part “world class maintenance” series, he describes the process by which a maintenanceRead More

For those not familiar CMMS or Computerized Maintenance Management System it is a software that runs on servers that allows you to maintain a database of information about your organizations maintenance operations. The software can track things such as when was the last time routine maintenance was performed on a system to how many spare parts your organization may have lying around in the warehouse.

The MicroMain Blog is pleased to present another entry in our guest blogger series. We are reaching out to third party industry experts for their take on maintenance management and how it can complement a quality CMMS system.  Dale R. Blann is the Principal/CEO of Marshall Institute, a leading asset management consulting and training company. In this blog, the third in his five-part “world class maintenance” series, he describes how operators can support World Class Maintenance.Read More

The MicroMain Blog is pleased to present another entry in our guest blogger series. We are reaching out to third party industry experts for their take on maintenance management and how it can complement a quality CMMS system. Dale R. Blann is the Principal/CEO of Marshall Institute, a leading asset management consulting and training company. In this blog, the second in his five-part “world class maintenance” series, he outlines the questions all management professionals should ask themselvesRead More

October 4, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments A team of MC staff spent the week in Costa Rica last week giving back to a family in the community of Granadilla by helping to rebuild the roof on their home. Visit the MC Gives Back blog to see photos and read the story from the trip. About these ads div { margin-top: 1em; } ]]>

The importance of customer reviews and feedback in today’s business and media landscape can’t be overstated. Sites like Yelp or Angie’s List can show a negative review, resulting in a PR nightmare. Having an easy, built-in mechanism to address customer feedback in your CMMS system is a great front-line way to listen to your tenants, customers or anyone who requests work orders and maintenance. MicroMain Maintenance Management allows you to print surveys related to workRead More

For the past 15 years, I’ve been living and breathing maintenance in a variety of management, consulting, and sales roles. I’ve certainly witnessed the evolution of technology throughout the years; however, there are some things that have remained the same. What hasn’t changed? The way executives view their maintenance department, which can oftentimes be as a cost center. It seems the only time maintenance gets noticed is when a piece of equipment is down andRead More

In terms of energy asset management, companies collect data from energy systems across the entire organization. This data is then evaluated by management so that the efficiency of the systems can be classified and measures taken to improve energy use.

September 26, 2012 by Cary Yocum 0 Comments If you happen to be attending this year’s NFMT show in Las Vegas, or live in the Vegas area, stop by and say hi. We will be showing off Maintenance Connection and hopefully meeting many future success stories. The show is at the Mirage Event Center and we will be at booth 406 Check out more details about the show: NFMT -VEGAS About these ads div {Read More

Most readers of our blog are probably subscribed to ToolBox, our monthly newsletter focusing on CMMS software tips tricks, product news, and MicroMain company updates. To better share this content, we decided to create an archived newsletter page. Now you can browse through past issues for previous tips tricks about our maintenance management software — as well as see some of the landmark company events from previous months. Although we’ve been publishing ToolBox since theRead More

September 5, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments After nearly four years, over 40,000 views, and almost 200 weekly posts to The MC Blog, we’ve realized how many great tips and resources are available to users of Maintenance Connection’s CMMS software. Periodically, we like to highlight past popular posts to make sure our readers didn’t miss any valuable information. Our 2009 work order tips series was quite a hit, and was followed by another weekRead More

Asset management software applications that are connected to an enterprise wide network or the Internet are referred to as online asset management applications. Connecting these applications to a network offers several benefits. In case of online asset management applications for manufacturing companies, trans-receivers are embedded in critical pieces of equipment which communicate with the asset management application allowing maintenance personnel to track the functioning of the equipment in real time, taking preventive maintenance measures and quickly attending to breakdowns. Online asset management applications also help companies manage their inventory from any location by simply using a Web browser.

Diligently managed assets of a business organization can make a lot of difference in its profit percentages. Judicious control over all tangible and intangible assets of a company makes sure that there are no leaking funds in the organization and all assets are utilized at maximum capacity.

The MicroMain Blog is pleased to present another entry in our guest blogger series. We are reaching out to third-party industry experts for their take on maintenance management, especially as it relates to a successful CMMS solution. Dale R. Blann is the Principal/CEO of Marshall Institute, a leading asset management consulting and training company. In this blog, the fourth in his five-part “world class maintenance” series, he describes how achieving maintenance excellence requires a close lookRead More

Although no one can prevent a natural disaster from occurring, governments can take steps to make sure that services return to normal as quickly as possible. The reasons a CMMS is so effective for governments is that it helps asset and maintenance managers to be proactive.

August 16, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments In 2010, our management team was searching for more ways to purpose Maintenance Connection around making a positive impact in the world. We encouraged our employees to individually volunteer through our 1-1-1 Program, and identified worthwhile organizations to help further their mission by donating our software and a portion of our company’s annual profit. Out of the 1-1-1 Program our new MC Gives Back initiative was born,Read More

Concerned about preparing for an upcoming outage?  The factor that will most likely lead to a schedule overrun is the transition period along the critical path. During these hand offs communication is key. Each individual has a different perspective and making sure the team works together is vital to ensuring minimal time is lost during a shutdown and that everyone adheres to the schedule. Every minute of downtime during an outage is money lost. ToRead More

To say that there’s a lot of interest in cloud computing today is probably a gross understatement. Both Forrester Research and Gartner are predicting that more than 40% of companies will get most of their software from the cloud by 2015, up from 3% today. This represents a 1,400% increase in just four years. So what’s driving this rapid adoption of the cloud? The best analogy might come from the past. At the turn of the last century, everyRead More

Fires. Flash floods. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. No matter where you live, natural disasters pose a real risk for your facility. And although nobody ever expects a disaster, everybody should be prepared for one. As much as we’d like to claim otherwise, MicroMain Software cannot prevent natural disasters from occurring (we’re probably still an update or two away from that functionality). However, the right maintenance management solution can be used to mitigate damage from a natural disaster inRead More

June 25, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments In a recent story originally written by Ashley Halligan, a market analyst at Software Advice–a software comparison company, she discussed the growing trend of mobile maintenance management–that is, CMMS entirely accessible via a mobile device. Perhaps catching onto the mobile accessibility trend, particularly by way of CMMS-specific applications, the article outlined the many efficiencies that stem from utilizing these state-of-the-art resources. Maintenance professionals including management and techniciansRead More

All types of organizations can benefit from CMMS applications and software due to the program’s ability to track software and maintenance issues, cutting down recovery and repair time. Finding the right CMMS vendor is often more difficult than implementing the system itself.

The summertime heat is in full effect. At MicroMain’s Headquarters in Texas, 100° plus days are the norm. It’s not just the people who need a attention to avoid injury, the equipment and buildings themselves need a little extra TLC. Here are some common issues during the summer, and how a CMMS or CAFM could help. Air Conditioner Overload When the AC goes out in your house or car, you’re not happy. When it goes out inRead 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 the maintenance management industry. In this guest blog, Ashley Halligan, a software analyst at Software Advice, looked at the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a maintenance team having mobile capabilities. A portion of her blog is republished below, along with a run-down of MicroMain’s capabilities for the mobile CMMS landscape.  MaintenanceRead More

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

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