Best Practice in Asset Management: Managing Obsolescence

My previous blogs have touched on the issue of obsolescence, but what is it really? Obsolescence can be defined as structures, systems or components ending their usefulness as a result of changes in knowledge, standards, technology or needs. It can sometimes be identified by the absence of necessary spare parts or technical support. This can be the result of: Vendors who no longer support the item The vendor has gone out of business Spare parts are no longer available Upgrades have been made to software Equipment no longer meets the needs, requirements or standards When managing assets, we must be aware of…

Maintenance Connection Version 8.2 Rollout Status

In late 2018 and early 2019, Maintenance Connection Version 8.2 was rolled out to all our on-line customers and the majority of our on-site users. MC Global chose to delay the original release of version 8.0 to enable some further modifications to be made to the software which were beneficial to our Australian and UK users. While the wait was a little frustrating for some users, it has meant that we were able to supply an upgraded package that had some great improvements which had already been through rigorous testing before being rolled-out. The release notes for the…

How to Add Time Dependent Assignments to a Labour Calendar

A new (and long sort-after) addition to the Work Order assignment process is the ability to nominate a time of day as well as a date for staff and contractors. Until now, only the date could be allocated with the time added into the Reason field or Task information. The user now has the option to assign as a date only or as a time and date. The process is described below: In the Menu bar go to Tools -> Preferences -> Work Order -> Settings -> Track Assignment Time? -> Yes. You must have the correct…

Introducing Our New Customers – Scentre Group, Devro

Successful Rollout Scentre Group In 2018 we welcomed a new and one of the biggest customers to the MC Global family. While many people may not be familiar with the Scentre Group name, we are sure you will recognise them when we say they own and operate the iconic shopping portfolio in Australia and New Zealand which comprises 41 Westfield Shopping Centres. With over $54 billion dollars of assets under management, Scentre Group required a reliable, robust and expandable CMMS solution. The software needed to be easy to use by the staff and contractors, include a mobile option for…

Maintenance Connection Acquisition by Accruent

As many of you are aware, MC Global now have access to the resources of the global software company Accruent LLC. In June 2018, Maintenance Connection USA was acquired by the Accruent group to strengthen and diversify its portfolio of physical resource management solutions. With customers in over 150 countries, the opportunity to expand Maintenance Connection’s exposure into new regions and industries has now been greatly enhanced. And with this growth comes greater access to a diverse range of resources, ideas, expertise and opportunities. These include capital planning, IoT and engineering information management and new services creation.

MC Global Solutions Office Expansion

The first stage of the MC Global Birkdale office expansion is now complete with a doubling of the floor size of the original office. The key improvements have been the creation of a new meeting and training room, a separate administration and marketing area, work bays for IT support, software development and implementation consultants and the upgrade of the reception area. The meeting and training area includes video conferencing facilities which are being used to keep in touch with our local and overseas customers, our MCG UK office and our developing world-wide partner network. While we…

How to calculate the life cycle cost of equipment.

Gathering the information you need to decide if and when a new equipment purchase is a good decision. It’s easy to calculate the life cycle cost of equipment; just use this simple formula from Norsok Standard… …or if you’re not mathematically inclined, you can read about an even simpler way to do it in this article. Background: Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Calculation You might think that a manufacturing company was responsible for devising the concept of life cycle cost calculation. But no. It was actually the US military who came up with the concept in the sixties to justify…

Enterprise Asset Management. Are you using Best Practice?

It’s easy to fall into the habit of using your CMMS/EAM system for your ‘favourite problems’ on a day-to-day basis. But what if this powerful system can do so much more for you? Enterprise asset management systems are a bit like our brain. We know it’s incredible. We know it can do amazing stuff. And yet we only use 10% of it. What if you could unlock that extra 90% of your CMMS/EAM system? Imagine the difference to your workplace if you could unlock that other 90% that’s not being utilised… or perhaps not utilised very well…  and ensure…

How Maintenance Managers can get the KPIs they really need.

There are two problems maintenance managers can face. The first of these is not enough information to keep the business powering along at optimum performance. Without adequate reporting, you are basically flying blind. That is stressful enough, but the second issue also has its own set of dilemmas – too much information. There is an almost infinite number of maintenance reports you could get, however unless the KPIs are relevant and meaningful, all they will do is bog you down, send you off on tangents and make your job even harder – and your working week longer – than it already is.

Take the Chaos out of Maintenance Work Requests

One of the best and worst things about being a Maintenance Manager is being so ‘popular’. Everyone wants a piece of you and, as you know, everything is urgent…at least to their way of thinking. (When was the last time someone called you and said: “No hurry on that job… take as long as you like.”) Of course, what might seem ‘red hot urgent’ to the person with the problem getting all agitated on the phone, may not be quite as urgent in the scheme of things as they might think. Everyone has their own agenda and being the person…