Category : Machine Reliability – Advice

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)?

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.

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

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

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

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