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Asset Criticality and Risk Ranking – Recorded Webinar

Wouldn’t it be useful to know precisely how much time and resource should be applied to each of your assets?  With Asset Criticality, organizations are able to rate assets to determine how critical each piece of equipment is to areas such as safety, product quality, customer issues, environmental issues, and production. During this 40 minute recorded session, guest speaker Terry Harris from Reliable Process Solutions LLC provides an overview of Asset Criticality and Risk RankingRead 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watching the news about the recent storms in the Midwest and Northeast got me thinking about the impact weather has on our lives and our surroundings. We all know that preparing for weather events is critical, but many times you just want to get through the event, not optimally sustain your environment. Yet sometimes you take overkill measures to avoid the most extreme dangers, such as stocking up food for a month as a blizzard approachesRead 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, 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 fifth and final in Dale’s five-part “world class maintenance” series, he describes the process by which a maintenanceRead More

For those not familiar CMMS or Computerized Maintenance Management System it is a software that runs on servers that allows you to maintain a database of information about your organizations maintenance operations. The software can track things such as when was the last time routine maintenance was performed on a system to how many spare parts your organization may have lying around in the warehouse.

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2012 by Brad Squires 0 Comments In a recent story originally written by Ashley Halligan, a market analyst at Software Advice–a software comparison company, she discussed the growing trend of mobile maintenance management–that is, CMMS entirely accessible via a mobile device. Perhaps catching onto the mobile accessibility trend, particularly by way of CMMS-specific applications, the article outlined the many efficiencies that stem from utilizing these state-of-the-art resources. Maintenance professionals including management and techniciansRead 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

Maintenance Maven Post Title:  Train ‘em up for success Times are a changing.  What an understatement!  Things are happening so fast in technology and communications it is difficult to keep current and be able to take advantage of all the features and benefits you bought. Too often technology, such as Smart Phones, Scanners, and CMMS is purchased or upgraded just to have the latest and greatest.  It is like we are addicts, or are sufferingRead More

In our recent article about estimating your CMMS Return on Investment (ROI), we identified eight go-to cost-saving categories inherent in a good CMMS. By examining your maintenance operations through the lens of these categories, you can create a realistic CMMS ROI. Today we wanted to walk you through a sample CMMS ROI calculation using a hypothetical company — let’s call them Ace Shoelace.  Ace Shoelace is a leading manufacturer of shoelaces in an alternate universe.Read 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

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

Your organization thrives by adapting to industry changes. Why shouldn’t that be true of your CMMS? Sometimes it’s obvious your CMMS software is no longer receiving support. Maybe your vendor is openly redirecting their focus — or maybe they’re closing up shop altogether. Other times, software neglect is hidden. Your CMMS vendor is still in business and their phone number remains in service. But support is half-hearted. Rollouts of new software have trickled to aRead 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