Category : Advice for MRO Professionals

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

November 13, 2013 by Brad Squires 0 Comments I recently attended the National Facilities Management Technology show, and was able to visit a few of the educational seminars. There was an interesting presentation by a CMMS consultant who shared some information which I would like to share with you. A 2010 Aberdeen Group study showed that implementing a CMMS can have incredible benefits, especially when there is no formal “system” in place to help manageRead More

October 4, 2013 by Cary Yocum 0 Comments About 15 of our employees are heading out Today on our annual MC Gives Back trip. Our plan this year is to once again work with Young Life to help with a few construction projects as well as spend time at an orphanage. The trip will take place from October 4 – October 12 in Chiapas, Mexico. You can follow our progress and receive updates at ourRead More

Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems are fully integrated and customized to the requirements of businesses. An EAM system has four significant support components: software, business processes, users and operating systems.

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Schools around the country are nearly out for Summer. It’s no vacation for those in charge of maintaining the schools and facilities though. The planners out there need to keep a watchful eye on their school’s budget, the state of their facility and the personnel tasked with keeping everything in order. There are countless ways a maintenance management system can help schools and the people responsible for their buildings and equipment. 1. Keep Assets Running A recentRead More

When it comes to running a warehouse effectively, organization is the key. Everything from employee procedures to inventory listings must be up-to-date and closely followed by everyone involved. However, there are different organizational elements that are important to the productivity of a warehouse such as building layout, paying attention to details, and having suitable computer software. Together these all make a world of difference. Building Layout In order to be extremely efficient, you need toRead More

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If you’re tired of grabbing repair binders with half the pages falling out and scanning work order receipts into the abyss perhaps it’s time to take the CMMS plunge.  Finally every piece of equipment, every spare part, every vehicle, invoice, leasing agreement, outside maintenance contractor…essentially any maintenance-related information has a home in CMMS. Now, instead of dropping everything to fix a malfunctioning machine, a mechanic can calmly turn to his CMMS system, look up theRead More

For this second post in the interview series, we caught up with Paul Klein and gained some insight on an entirely different type of integration. In this situation, the customer had an extended roll-out to multiple sites. Can you share some information about a larger implementation you worked on this past year? “Sure. Firestone Building Products is a good example as they had eleven plants using different systems and wanted to unify them on aRead More

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

Vendors and suppliers are a critical component for any business. They provide the materials and services required to manufacture your own products or add value to your services, and maintaining these relationships should be every bit as important as those between the company and customer. It’s not always easy to do, though, because business relationships can be a real balancing act to maintain the mutually beneficial aspects of a long-term partnership. The best foundation forRead 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

By effectively managing the life cycle of an organization’s IT assets, the IT manager has significant influence to improve an organization’s overall performance, reduce costs, improve effectiveness, and improve and demonstrate the IT department’s ROI. Managing an Enterprise’s IT assets is essential for an organization’s competitiveness today. Deploying an IT Asset Management system will help avoid failures and quickly identify wasted IT resources and other inefficiencies.