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
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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?
With the availability of low cost cloud infrastructure we have seen an explosion of different cloud based software as a service solutions from a variety of software vendors. It makes it easier for customers to get started or trial them since they do not have to install anything on their systems and it becomes cheaper and easier for vendors to support since everything is managed by them. So what are the downsides that can “rain on this parade”?
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
When your organization buys a CMMS/ maintenance software program one of your first challenges will be how to set up & use your new system. While your IT department, consultants, etc. can install and do some initial set up the system for you, you as the maintenance planner or maintenance manager have to decide how to setup and use the system. Continue reading
When an organization purchases CMMS software (maintenance management software) besides the usual features comparison, ease of use and other criteria there are a few technical items that one needs to be aware of. These items if ignored during the software selection and evaluation process can result in much grief at a later date. These items are really not specific to CMMS software but can also trip up other types of software deployments. Continue reading
Public utilities cover a wide range of services from power generation & distribution, water supply, gas supply, waste water treatment and more. They provide essential services in a specific geographic area and have unique challenges. Most are heavily regulated and are required to provide uninterrupted services with few or no complications. Continue reading