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The Future of CMMS and Virtual Reality

If you are like me, you have been awaiting the rise of virtual reality (or VR) for a very long time. Thanks to recent advances in technologies such as 360-degree photography, the long wait is finally over and we can now leave our old humdrum, boring world in the dust as we dive head-first into digital realms unknown! But not all is fun and games when it comes to VR. In fact, the technology servesRead More

Not Just for Maintenance: How CMMS Benefits Other Functions, Part I

It’s true that CMMS is typically designed for maintenance operations. With the advancement of cloud-based CMMS/EAM today, however, well-designed platforms have become an essential system for other departments within, and outside of, the organization. A Spend Matters interview with Michael Croasdale, senior project manager at Source One Management Services, relays that MRO service providers should be lock-step in line with client companies, to the degree that they’re sharing “specific data to benchmark pricing, [ensuring] service levels exceedRead More

Taking on Root Cause Analysis with Preventive Maintenance Software

Whenever an organization has a major failure of any sort, the top priority is to recover from the immediate damage or problems. From there, the next step is to keep it from ever happening again. Root cause analysis is a vital corrective step, allowing you to identify where losses are taking place and how they can be mitigated to improve equipment reliability and performance. Root cause analysis is a maintenance troubleshooting method that helps organizationsRead More

Famous Operations:  What can we learn?

Let’s face it: Not every facility is the same. While the concept of preventive maintenance may seem pretty cut-and-dried for the layman, in reality, it can be pretty complex and open to interpretation based upon the type of facility you are in charge of. With that in mind, sometimes, it is a good idea to tour other factories and buildings to get a sense of what other companies are doing and maybe take a fewRead More

CMMS 101: 12 Maintenance Software Terms You Should Know

This article was written by Hippo CMMS and appeared on their blog. We are sharing it because we think the content can benefit people new to computerized maintenance management systems and more experienced users. __________________________ If you are new to the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) world, you’re likely being inundated with acronyms and terms that are unfamiliar to you. To clear the confusion, we’ve developed a CMMS software cheat sheet outlining 12 common maintenanceRead More

4 Ways Mobile Improves Maintenance Management

Workers are on the move today. Literally. Entrepreneur magazine reported on an updated forecast from International Data Corporation that “the global mobile workforce grew from one billion in 2010 to an estimated 1.3 billion in 2015.” Technology has played a role in that mobility, and continues to transform the way people work with availability across a wide range of devices. The maintenance sector has been affected in particular. What once required paper logs or terminal accessRead More

Watch your step! Common preventive maintenance pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Preventive maintenance, otherwise known as scheduled maintenance, is arguably one of the most important features that a CMMS provides its users. Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to maintenance management, ensuring that assets and equipment are routinely inspected to avoid downtime and increase their reliability. With all the benefits of a PM system, it’s surprising to learn how many pitfalls await account admin’s and system users both before account setup and after. What’s even moreRead More

Is Your Property Management Business Mobile Friendly?

Mobile Capabilities Of Property Management Businesses Renters are becoming more and more mobile, and swapping out their desktop computer for smartphones and tablets. If your property management business is not able to stay up with these new technology trends, you will not be able to attract a large portion of renter’s to your business. Make sure that your property management business includes these top mobile capabilities. Mobile website – not all websites are optimized for mobileRead More

The role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has changed profoundly—from basic mapping applications to becoming an integral part of enterprise decision making. Why? Because these systems have evolved to the point where they can be combined with other data to help identify patterns—where customers are buying, where your organization is spending, where waste is occurring, how to deploy personnel, where coverage areas exist, and how to prioritize issues. An enterprise asset management (EAM) system combinedRead More

Missed our webinar on Facility Management? No worries, we have a recording here for you. Learn how easy it is to manage space allocation, plan and execute moves, generate in-depth reports, satisfy emergency preparation requirements, and analyze costs associated with renovations, department charge backs and personnel changes.

Whether you are moving into a new facility, upgrading your current one, or building a whole new property from scratch, one of the most important factors to consider during the initial phase (including budgeting) is space allocation. How much space is needed for each department? Where will equipment be placed? These and more are basic space allocation questions every facility manager should be prepared to ask and plan for. As a facility manager or maintenanceRead More

If your maintenance department has fallen into the habit of chasing down repairs and fighting fires, it’s unlikely that implementing even the most feature-rich CMMS will change the culture.  In a reactive environment, the team member who gets saddled with the implementation will be sweating bullets as he slogs through asset data entry, while repairs pile up and work gets put on hold. Without taking the time upfront to look at the “big picture,” understandRead More

Disaster Preparedness Tips A disaster can strike with little to no warning, and can mean complete destruction to your building. Knowing how to properly prepare for any disaster can help to ensure that your building and tenants stay safe during a disaster. Keep these disaster preparedness tips in mind to be ready for any tragedy. Check the structure of your building – at least once a year, hire a professional to take a look at the condition of yourRead More

Oil and gas supply and demand is a central issue not only to the health of the global economy, but the global ecosystem as well. According to U.N. estimates, 82 million people are added to the earth’s population each year–and all of these people will require affordable energy options. But supply isn’t the only pressing issue. The energy sector must also find ways to provide options that: Are cost-effective for consumers yet allow a decentRead More

Learn the important factors to help estimate CMMS ROI. Improve maintenance performance and reduce costs with the CMMS installation that is right for you.

Over the last few decades, advancements in technology have dramatically changed the maintenance and reliability industry. Organizations have invested heavily in automation and technology to reduce staff overhead, improve product quality, increase safety, etc. Not only does technology automate a good portion of maintenance tasks, maintenance software can be used to detect defects and prevent equipment failure. Equipment failure has many negative consequences, including an adverse effect on profitability, lost production, and poor customer service.Read More

As we put the first month of the year firmly behind us, there is a magical feeling in the air. No, that isn’t the sting of Cupid’s arrow you are feeling: It is the heavy, bludgeoning blow of Uncle Sam’s tax stick, preparing to whack you firmly on the skull. With the tax season in full swing and the tax man making his yearly rounds, it is well past time to get your paperwork inRead More

So, you have implemented a CMMS system for your maintenance program – great! Now we want to help you learn what data you are able to extract, what information you are able to pull from that system, and why it is important. We want to change how you think about metrics and how you get your business to think about metrics. One of the most common uses of a CMMS system is to gather dataRead More

If you haven’t upgraded to a mobile CMMS yet, what are you waiting for? These days mobile technology is more stable and cost effective than ever before. Organizations that had been reluctant to equip their maintenance technicians with mobile devices are now moving forward and deploying them due to their low cost and ease of use in the field. The reasons to use a mobile CMMS tool outweigh the small upfront costs of purchasing theRead More

When it comes to passing a government audit, three things matter most: documentation, documentation, documentation. At data centers, maintenance professionals are not only tasked with keeping power sources and equipment running 100% of the time, they must also keep records of every interaction with the company’s information systems and networks. A CMMS, like Bigfoot, plays an essential role in meeting that challenge, because auditors today demand a detailed picture of everything an enterprise does toRead More

The advantages of CMMS software are well documented in thousands maintenance books and Internet articles, however, the benefits of cloud based CMMS over traditional on premise CMMS are less well known. Cloud or hosted software means the software is available over the Internet whereas on premises is downloaded and installed on local computers or servers. Cloud software is making headlines everywhere as it is the next evolution of the software industry. Faster Internet speeds, cheaperRead More

In this month’s webinar, How a CMMS Supports Manufacturing: Marty De Los Santos discussed how CMMS helps manufacturing users. He showed the importance of using preventive maintenance to keep equipment working, how work orders are made when equipment is down, and the ways in which inventory prepares you to minimize downtime. The webinar was recorded and is available for you to view below. The recording is also available full screen. Webinar Transcription My name isRead More

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At  Maintenance Connection we care about our impact on the world as much as we do about our products and services. That’s why our MC Gives Back initiative is so important to everyone here at Maintenance Connection. Our staff are committed to making a positive impact on the community and have donated hundreds of volunteer hours over the years either in their local communities or on a global scale. We’ve tackled quite a lot on our international annual MC Gives BackRead More

In this helpful webinar: CMMS Software ROI Estimator, Mark Stellfox discusses areas that can be affected by using powerful, effective CMMS software. You’ll also be able to estimate how to reduce maintenance costs and what the Return on Investment can be with CMMS.  The webinar was recorded and is available for you to view full screen here. Did you find this webinar helpful? Stay up-to-date with our scheduled webinars and be sure to join usRead 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

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.