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)?
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
Asset inventory management software solutions reduce the time and cost of tracking and managing all types of asset inventory such as distributed IT and data center assets. By fully automating the asset tracking process, we eliminate the high cost of manual tracking, while providing 100% accurate, up-to-the-minute, on-demand information regarding what assets you have, where the assets are located and when the assets move. This helps to eliminate the ongoing need to take inventory because now you have inventory. The asset inventory management software provides you with extremely accurate, real-time, on demand and vital inventory information.
CMMS programs are designed to take the busy work off your hands and provide a long lasting accountable solution for preventative maintenance, work orders, and inventory tracking. While most CMMS systems are relatively similar, it’s a good idea to figure out your needs before actually picking one to purchase.
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.
Many hotels continue to face severe financial challenges as a result of disappearing profit margins and the aging of their assets. What many Hotel owners do not realize is that good preventive maintenance software can provide relatively quick financial relief by stopping unnecessary cash drains.
Pride in one’s work, knowledge, accomplishments and children is a good thing. Pride adds to self confidence, higher self-esteem and an overall sense positive outlook on life. However, too much pride may have negative consequences.
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
EAM, or enterprise asset management, involves the management of an organization’s physical assets, capital, as well as its back office system. This basically translates into the management of all processes of an organization including manufacturing, inventory, shipping, distribution, and logistics.
A CMMS system can be a necessity for many businesses – large and small, but often times the cost of the software can be a significant hurdle to overcome. We’ll review the costs of contributing factors and outline what your expectations should be when purchasing these tools.
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
If you run a factory or facility with high value equipment or if you own large fleets of company vehicles, asset management software might be a worthwhile investment for your enterprise. The following article helps evaluate under what circumstances EAM software is the best fit.
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
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
In 2009, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced that it had selected Infor EAM Enterprise Edition to help reduce costs and increase productivity and became yet another in the growing number of success stories Infor has to share. CTA, the nation’s second-largest public transit agency, provides transportation for the City of Chicago and its 40 surrounding suburbs and will be using Infor’s EAM solution to determine optimum performance and maintenance levels on its more than 200Read 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
Business owners can now use latest GPS innovations and GPS monitoring systems to help keep track of their enterprise assets. GPS (Global Positioning System) originally developed for military applications became available for civilian navigational use since the year 1995.
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
In this day of uncertainty, people often gravitate toward anything that offers stability, dependability, and consistency—in personal relationships, institutions, or investments. We then use these as a foundation for creating our opinions, thoughts, and actions in the foreseeable future. We’re constantly on a quest for reliability. Those instinctual behaviors that drive our daily lives should also be second nature to us when we’re managing our assets. But many enterprises still manage assets as if they never degrade,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
How much time do your technicians spend diagnosing problems vs. fixing them? When your expert techs retire, how will you capture and pass along their knowledge to the new workforce? What are you doing today to build a knowledge base of answers? Over the past few years there have been discussions about labor shortages in the engineering and maintenance space. As the current labor engineering and technical workforce retires, a new pool of engineering andRead 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
What person is responsible for managing the costs and communications associated with your company’s energy consumption? Most likely it’s a number of departments: purchasing, responsible for securing energy and initiating tax rebates; HR, which manages internal communications to current and new employees; and investor relations, involved in CO2 emissions disclosers to investors and other external organizations. It’s also very likely that all of these departments report to your company’s CFO. But a current survey conductedRead More
Enterprise asset management (EAM) is an organizational method that usually comes with software.
Great turnout for the first day at the National Facility Management and Technology Expo (NFMT) Conference. I reunited with colleagues and saw a lot of familiar faces. If you’ve ever attended maintenance shows or joined maintenance organizations, you’ll recognize one person from SkillTV.net: Joel Leonard. I always enjoy hearing him share his interesting maintenance stories. Being a maintenance professional myself and sharing best practices and some of my own experiences, I find it exciting as well as educationalRead More
Day two at National Facility Management and Technology Expo (NFMT) Conference features the Solutions Exchange. It’s composed of many tables representing different discussion topics. Each discussion lasts for about 20 minutes. Once the time is up at one table, participants move to a new table and discussion topic. Infor sponsored the topic “Energy Reduction at Your Facility.” The discussion centered on how organizations can address the single biggest cost element when managing their assets. The attendees learnedRead More
Please join us as Dan and Julie Floen, President and CEO of Professional Materials Management, Inc, discuss and demonstrate how your CMMS can provide you with information to help answer these questions about reducing your inventory. The BIG question they will address is how to make the most of your inventory investment while preserving service levels to your user community and customers. Inventory represents a major financial investment. But, cutting inventory can open us upRead More
These days, when someone says the word “green”, they probably aren’t just talking about the color of your sweater. “Green” and “Going Green” have become the buzzwords du jour for organizations looking to maximize sustainability within their operation. The move to be green is more than just a fad or buzzword, but rather a key component of an effective maintenance operation. A crucial stop on the path to sustainability and becoming “green” is in the implementation of an Enterprise Asset Management / Computerized Maintenance Management System (EAM/CMMS). When used and implemented to high standards, maintenance software can be the most powerful tool in your belt on the path to sustainability.
I’ve worked in the plant maintenance industry for years. How did KPI’s look in those days? Here is an example KPI in 1988: “Keep the machines running”. Fresh out of engineering school and thrown into the corporate engine, my life was all about keeping the conveyor belts running. That was the priority (and still is, but said differently) at United Parcel Service so that little Jimmy would get his red wagon in time for Christmas. Although we had noRead More
I recently spent some time helping a well-known yogurt manufacturer improve their visibility into their daily maintenance process. Their CMMS product is 10 years old, not updated with the correct patches, and the reporting software is equally as ancient. The manager in charge of maintenance performance seemed less stressed this time as compared to last. During my first visit he was newly appointed as the person who would take their CMMS and revamp the plant maintenanceRead More
As our training staff combs through North America teaching folks how to use MP2 CMMS Software I can’t help but notice a pattern of success we are teaching that I feel will benefit folks using any type of CMMS Software. The advice I have to share is succinctly stated in the title of this post: Take Small CMMS Bites. And that means don’t try to pull off a CMMS project where everything is included atRead More
There has been a shift in behaviors shown by both consumer and B2B shoppers with respect to their due diligence process, decision-making, and purchasing actions. During the past several years, these standard marketing and sales cycle steps have taken on more of a self-service approach. During the upcoming year 2010, more than ever before, people will be using Google Search, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Answers, LinkedIn, and other sources to decide what products and services best meet their needs. Almost completelyRead More
I’ve talked with more than one client recently who had this idea, which prompted me to ask around and see if there is a trend going recently that might warrant some exposure: The burden of tracking IT assets (computers, servers, hardware and related serial numbers, peripherals, components, etc) is being handled at some companies using CMMS. Sure, there are specific products designed for this IT asset management process, yet CMMS was not originally intended forRead More
“My facilities personnel are busy people. They need to be out in the field getting work done … not sitting in front of a computer.” This familiar complaint has been repeated by my many facilities managers for quite sometime. Their plea for help usually goes unanswered like someone yelling into a canyon and hearing the echo of their own voice. But, thanks to advances in Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) technology, maintenanceRead More
These days many companies are scaling back on expenditures of any kind. And, why not? It just makes sense. Obviously, the severe economic downturn has impacted organizations across the United States and the Globe. Capital conservation has become the rule and cutbacks are inevitable. Yet, this is the just the kind of environment that completely justifies investment in Computerized Maintenance Management Software for organizations seeking to lower costs and protect vital plant and equipment assets.Read More
I do quite a bit of training on MP2 CMMS across North America. As I visit sites and work with maintenance teams, there are some similaritieis worth sharing. Regardless of whether the maintenance business I am working with is tasked to maintain assets within either Manufacturing or Facilities, the underlying challenges remain similar. My point today is to stress that maintenance improvements can be realized WAY before CMMS is installed and configured. In fact, without someRead More
CMMS Advice is a blog dedicated to centralizing information for folks interested in learning more about CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software), or on a larger scale EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) Software. The format of this blog will be a free-form mixture of opinions, articles and whitepapers with CMMS or EAM as the central common thread. This blog is being powered and funded by Software Net ( www.software-directory.net ) and specifically the CMMS category, also represented onRead More