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How to manage preventive maintenance


We are trying to better manage preventive maintenance schedules of our equipment. However, we often miss or end up delaying quite a few preventive maintenance jobs because there are so many to be done. How can I get things under control?


How to use FastMaint to better manage this

This is assuming that you have just started using FastMaint so the following items are to be done in order as below.

1. Get your most critical equipment loaded into the system

If you have a lot of similar equipment (say 20 similar pumps or HVAC systems) you can create the first one and then use the Clone function to copy and create the others. If you have the equipment in a spreadsheet you can export it to a comma delimited file and import them into FastMaint. If you do an import, make sure to create Categories, Locations and other entries first in FastMaint to avoid import errors.  However, even if you get errors you can fix the import file and run the import again to import items or update existing entries. (See Import: Standard/ Professional edition, Web/ Cloud edition)

2. Create the preventive maintenance tasks

You should have a list of preventive maintenance jobs and the schedule for them. For example jobs to be done every week, every month and so on. Start creating these Tasks and specify the frequency you want for them. If you have the tasks already defined in a spreadsheet, save them into a comma delimited file and import them into FastMaint. Then configure the imported tasks as needed. Associate the tasks with the different equipment (or locations). You can edit/ double click on an equipment in the task’s Equipment tab and setup a custom frequency for each associated item. This way one equipment could have maintenance done on Mondays, the second one on Tuesdays and so on. (See “Create A 240 Day Task“: Standard/ Professional edition, Web/ Cloud edition)

Tip: Do you want to manage tasks on an equipment basis?

This means you want to treat the task templates like a library of maintenance jobs that you will associate and schedule for each equipment separately. This would allow you to easily schedule the different maintenance tasks on the same day for an equipment – reducing equipment downtime for maintenance.

    To do this, create the task templates with a default “Unplanned” frequency and for the Effective Period put the earliest Start date you want to start scheduling from. Then on the task’s Equipment tab you can associate the equipment and set a custom frequency for each equipment. Alternatively create all the task templates first. Then open each equipment and associate the tasks needed. On the Tasks tab in the equipment edit/ double click each task and set the custom frequency as needed.

3. Send out/ print pending work orders. Receive updates & close work orders

Based on each task’s frequency options, FastMaint will schedule work orders. You can use the Planning report or FastMaint’s automatic email feature to send out these work orders and reminders when overdue. See “Email/ text work orders and process updates” for more information. In Professional/ Web/ Cloud editions you can also email reminders if work orders are pending for more than some number of days (in Settings or System Configuration, Main tab).

4. Get reports & track your progress

The Statistics report on the main screen or home page will provide you a good overview of how you are doing over the past three periods. You can see how many work orders are pending, what is the work backlog and so on. If you want reports by equipment look at the Equipment History report (select Reports, Equipment, History). In the report select the type of report template you want to get the report in different formats. Or create new report templates to suit your needs.

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