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.
According to the Institute of Asset Management, an asset management strategy is a “long-term optimized approach to management of the assets, derived from, and consistent with, the organizational strategic plan and the asset management policy.” Stated differently, an asset management strategy is a high-level but very important document that guides asset management activities within an organization. An Overview of the Strategy Development Process Implementing an asset management strategy is typically considered a six-step process, asRead More
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 much to do, but so little time? We’ve all been there! When your to-do list exceeds the hours in the day it’s hard to know how to best schedule your time. Well fret no further and learn just how to best manage your time and get more tasks checked off on your list. This Best Practices Webinar covers EXACTLY how to get more jobs done faster in any job shop. Dr. Lisa Lang, PresidentRead More
As 2015 quickly approaches, you may have to peddle faster to squeeze out your maintenance goals in time for the new year. Perhaps 2015 is the year you finally change the perception that maintenance does more than change a light bulb – that maintenance keeps up production and cuts down costs. Use your remaining time wisely to take stock. Make 2015 the year you widen back and look at the big picture. Do you overseeRead More
Whether an organization is putting a new CMMS system into place or has been utilizing a tool for years, training should be a considered a critical component to successful usage. Training is necessary to keep up with new features in the software, enhance the skillsets of employees, and improve efficiency. Training sessions should be held for each person in an organization who will be using a CMMS on a day-to-day basis including technicians, maintenance supervisors, and administrators. A recent article in Reliable Plant Magazine reinforces this conceptRead More
Let’s face it. Changing a light bulb is not exactly a major technical challenge for maintenance professionals. But what if your staff had to keep 20,000 light bulbs glowing every day of the week? And what if the success of your business depended on adjusting each of those 1,000-watt bulbs for maximum efficiency? To deal with those questions, the maintenance team at a giant commercial greenhouse employs Bigfoot CMMS to manage grow lights and a hostRead 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
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
Should you Focus on Asset Availability or Cost Reduction? Is this a question that is asked regularly in your organization? For many maintenance managers, asset management is a delicate balancing act between maximizing availability while lowering maintenance costs. Asset Availability and reliability are closely connected and discussed in a previous blog entitled How do Maintainability and Reliability affect Availability. In a nutshell, you can achieve better availability with better reliability. Traditionally, maintenance has been viewed as a cost centerRead More
Maintenance managers that make the leap to CMMS without considering how to help stakeholders adapt, are likely to end up with a frustrated maintenance department, resistant employee requestors, and a shiny new system that languishes “on the shelf.” The maintenance department of one specialty grocery chain learned this the hard way. The department had reached the boiling point of maintenance dystopia. There was no paper work, no formal way of keeping track of what wasRead More
We can all agree that if you have equipment that needs servicing, has value, and depreciates – you need a structure to keep up with maintenance. For one Canadian salmon producer, this structure was fairly basic. The maintenance team was able to keep track of smaller tasks on paper. For many organizations, employee buy-in is crucial to securing the right CMMS. Working with all maintenance operations personnel to prioritize CMMS requirements, such as ease-of-use forRead 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
You wouldn’t play professional sports without a coach; so why implement the right CMMS without a consultant? One Bigfoot CMMS user produces highly sophisticated radar systems for the U.S. Navy that, as you can imagine, requires precision-perfect equipment to build them in a highly-regulated environment. They put on their game face with Bigfoot “coaching,” and have the preventive maintenance (PM) completion rate to prove it. The U.S. Navy uses a radar system that monitors itsRead More
When we talk about picking the best computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for your organization, one of the top things to consider is how good the software is at asset management. With that in mind, in this blog post I am going to highlight 9 of the best things proper asset management can bring to your company. What Is Asset Management? Before you can understand the many benefits of asset management, you have to haveRead More
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.
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
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