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Corrective maintenance repairs are trying to tell you something

reviewing corrective maintenance
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

maintenance planWhy 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

cmms implementation processA 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 analytics reporting
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

successful maintenance software trialIf 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?

setting up maintenance management workflowsA 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

Maintenance manager bogged down with workCMMS 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?

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compare cmms software deployment optionsWith 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?

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Improving maintenance practices with 5S5S 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:

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