21 July, 2010
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 maintenance performance within a few months. I’ve seen that type of pressure placed on people before. So many times, in fact, that I have a name for it….CMMS (could mean my salary). Because if this guy fails, he is probably out of a job.
So of course their is a wonderful transference of that same pressure onto the consultant who the plant was so kind as to bring in and help the guy with a CMMS on his forehead. “Could Mean My Salary”, in case you forgot.
Well this yogurt man had actually taken that old CMMS and incorporated the changes we had identified during the first visit. So needless to say he was much more relaxed, knowing that his upper management team believed in him (and me…through transference).
To make a long story short, and then sum up my point, this latest visit proved to be successful as we took old reporting software and used it to improve maintenance processes weaved throughout an equally rickety CMMS product. More specifically, we eliminated 8 labor hours per week that were previously “empty” labor hours spent transferring data from the CMMS to Excel then comparing to a production schedule, etc.
We took a single report and with prompts made it variable enough to manage all scenarios. So the 8 hours transferring data was replaced with a single report that could be launched at any time to pull the required information LIVE.
The Point? CMMS either “could” mean your salary, or it can also “justify” your salary and make it grow. And having the latest, greatest CMMS system is not a guarantee or precursor to success. It’s more about the basic concepts of “minimal touch” information gathering and maintenance process efficiency. If you want to learn more, email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org