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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

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

CMMS software is your business or facility’s new web-based best friend. This superb software is going to change the way you are going to handle all maintenance operations from now own, and not only is it going to make things in the maintenance department operate a lot smoother; it is also going to make everything a lot simpler. One thing you will immediately notice about CMMS software is the simple, user friendly setup. Since thisRead 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retailers are just like you and me when it comes to monitoring and reducing energy consumption. We’re always looking for ways to cut energy costs and improve energy efficiency in our homes. However, generally unlike our homes, lighting in commercial buildings is the largest energy drain and can account for over 35% of a business’ energy use. That means any reduction in their energy costs can amount to a big boost to the bottom line.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

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