A maintenance department is as good as its people
When it comes to hiring personnel, it’s not always easy. In fact, it can be quite challenging at times. The truth is that hiring a bad employee can cost you thousands of dollars and put your company’s reputation at risk. To help you get the best candidates for your maintenance department, here are the top five mistakes that occur when hiring. Continue reading
Corrective maintenance repairs are trying to tell you something
Even top of the line assets will break down eventually. It’s just the way it goes when it comes to machinery, equipment and facilities. As a maintenance manager, you probably have a good idea of how long most of your equipment will last. However, have you ever have the kind of week at work where equipment breakdowns are about to put you over the edge? Handling corrective maintenance can become a big headache! Continue reading
Why Should A Maintenance Plan Change?
A maintenance plan covers the different types of corrective and preventive maintenance you do on different equipment and facilities. The plan could be something written down or stored in your maintenance management software. Every so often, it’s important as a maintenance planner to check your maintenance plan to see if it’s really doing the job you need it to do. Continue reading
A CMMS Implementation Plan Goes Wrong
Many maintenance departments struggle with ongoing maintenance. There is so much to do and so much that never gets done. A computerized maintenance management software system aka CMMS is often seen as a solution. But even with CMMS software, you may find maintenance takes longer than planned and costing more than budgeted. Why does this happen? Continue reading
Some maintenance jobs can be costing more than you thought!
Maintenance managers usually look at maintenance data by equipment to identify equipment that is getting expensive to maintain. However, there are other ways to to slice your data and look for ways to reduce costs and improve effectiveness. Continue reading
Problems in the maintenance department? Are you getting many complaints about facilities & equipment maintenance, is maintenance work taking too much time to complete? If this sounds familiar here are three quick maintenance metrics to help you identify causes and solutions. Maintenance managers and maintenance planners can use these metrics to pinpoint the real issues and how to fix them. Continue reading
If you are in the process of selecting maintenance management software for your organization you may be finding it quite a challenge. You may have whittled down the CMMS software selection to a handful of products. At this point you may have started doing trials of the software. How does one make best use of the CMMS software trial period? What sort of process makes sense? Continue reading
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