What Is A Workflow?
“A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information.” (source Wikipedia)
A well organized maintenance management system will have fairly typical workflows (see the graphic below). Continue reading
This is something that comes up once in a while when we discuss our maintenance software with potential customers. Do we have any suggestions on how to better plan and schedule preventive maintenance for equipment? This becomes harder when you have a lot of equipment. Here are a few tips that you may find useful. Continue reading
Facilities & equipment maintenance management costs can be significant!
As a maintenance manager or supervisor you will frequently be under pressure to reduce the costs incurred by the maintenance department. One should not be surprised if this gets very serious attention from senior management. Continue reading
APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) is a framework of processes and ideas originally developed in the automobile industry to improve product quality. It is similar in concept to Six Sigma used in many manufacturing operations to reduce defects and improve quality. Continue reading
CMMS Software aka maintenance management software helps organizations manage maintenance of their equipment, facilities and other enterprise assets. Companies that use a maintenance program typically see a significant reduction in the maintenance costs besides seeing cost savings due to fewer equipment breakdowns. They also see improved equipment and facility performance that results in better quality and higher customer satisfaction. It not only can be used to manage breakdown or corrective maintenance but can also help you schedule & track preventative maintenance. What are the preventive maintenance scheduling options that you can use to do needed maintenance on equipment & other assets?
5S is a powerful lean manufacturing tool that can offer many benefits to any maintenance department. Even if you are doing commercial facility maintenance and not industrial maintenance, 5S can help you deliver better and more consistent maintenance services. Originally developed in Japan it is now used by many manufacturing organizations worldwide to improve industrial operations & safety. Fundamentally it is a workplace organization method based on five principles:
Maintenance managers and maintenance planners know that the best laid maintenance plans get affected by unplanned events – machines break down or people need maintenance work done ASAP. While good preventive maintenance planning can help reduce the frequency of breakdown maintenance, handling ad-hoc maintenance requests can be more challenging especially when maintenance technicians are already booked up and have other work to attend to. Continue reading
Most maintenance managers and planners are well aware of how CMMS software aka maintenance management software can improve maintenance operations and reduce expenses. However, it can be difficult to get buy in from senior management or business owners to purchase such software and put it to use. After all there are several other areas besides maintenance software where such capital expenditures can be made – nearly all of which can improve business operations. How does one justify putting limited budget dollars to get maintenance software versus spending it elsewhere?
Recently one of our sales people was in touch with a possible client regards the value of CMMS software for maintenance of equipment and facilities. They had some serious concerns whether a maintenance management software program would help them or hinder them. Continue reading