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
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
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