Facility Managers — 3 Step Guide to Maintenance Scheduling

How Enterprise Asset Management streamlines workflows and keeps facility managers in complete control. Small companies find it relatively easy to stay in control of workflows and keep on top of things. Believe it or not, some even schedule jobs using hand-written messages on sticky notes stuck on a locker. As the business grows however, the scheduled maintenance process becomes more complex, and it is exponentially harder to: Achieve maximum productivity whilst Containing operational and maintenance costs and Having clear, concise reporting of maintenance activities. With an ever-growing list of scheduled maintenance tasks to perform, and more and more reactive…

Maintenance Connection Q&A: Using the ‘Where’ clause

Our question this week comes from Bruce in Adelaide who is using Maintenance Connection as his CMMS to manage his Manufacturing & Plant Maintenance. The Question Using the Maintenance Connection CMMS, we need to find the work order history for 2 particular models of Fuel Pump: 1. Model A 2. Model T185PG. How do we get a report to capture all the work orders including both the ones for Model A and the Model T185PG work orders? The Default MC Report filters allow for a check of the Model field contents but has a couple of limitations: 1. Each additional criteria we add limits…

What’s a Geographic Information System (GIS)?

In honour of international GIS Day, we’re talking GIS, it’s origin, how its evolved and most importantly how it integrates with asset management software. A geographic information system or geographical information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. In a general sense, the term describes any information system that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all…

3 Key Steps to Managing Parts and Inventory Across Multiple Locations

Managing parts and equipment in one location is a hard enough task. Managing parts and equipment in multiple locations is infinitely more difficult. If you’re like most companies, it’s a great feeling adding new locations; it’s a sure sign of successful growth. However, with that exuberant feeling also comes the down side – the growing pains associated with setting up new facilities complete with larger amounts of inventory management. To ensure your company’s successful growth, MC Global outline three key steps to take to make sure all your locations – particularly the new ones – are efficiently managing their parts…

How to achieve successful CMMS Implementation.

Want to hear a frightening statistic? According to a USA report, approximately 80 to 90% of all computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) implementations fail. What are the reasons for this shocking CMMS failure? Well we believe it can be attributed to 4 main aspects: poorly defined goals lack of leadership buy-in, deficient training, and a non-intuitive user experience. For more than 13 years, MC Global have worked hand-in-hand with a host of customers on successful CMMS implementations, based around the world class Maintenance Connection product. We’ve tackled those four above-mentioned challenges, updated our product/user feedback, and focused our resources on…

Using your CMMS to Go Greener in the Utilities Industry

For most companies, a strong business case exists for decreasing waste, cutting energy and water consumption, minimising transportation costs, curtailing emissions, and/or undertaking other environmentally beneficial initiatives. Before your company spends a lot of money on certification programs, public relations campaigns, or consultant reports, consider how you can use systems like your CMMS for creating key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to your business, setting reasonable targets, and executing an action plan for achieving them. Let’s look at some specific ways in which your CMMS might help you manage energy costs and meet environmental goals.

Asset Management: Ageing Assets Will Affect Your Facilities Management

If a colleague makes the comment to you, “I can’t handle it anymore, we’re working in an ageing facility full of ageing assets”, what do you immediately think of? If you’re like most of us, you’d probably picture a facility built in the 1920s with run down equipment and buildings almost collapsing under their own weight. In some cases you’d be right, and I have worked in facilities that dated back to early last century with equipment and processes that would slot right into the set of a Mad Max movie. But the issue of “Ageing Assets” also applies to those…

Maintenance Connection Best Practices: Establishing Naming Conventions

“A little forethought at the start can save a lot of time in the future” Establishing a robust Naming Convention and protocols during the initial system set-up will assist staff to become familiar with navigating through the Maintenance Connection modules. By employing a consistent and logical format, the Explorer lists will naturally group listings together to simplify the Look-up and Search process. There are five modules where this is particularly relevant: Assets Inventory Classifications Procedures Preventative Maintenance Assets As Assets are often added, modified or moved within the Asset tree, the ID and Name need to contain sufficient information to…

CMMS/EAM Implementation : Internal Resistance and User Uptake

Feeling like your whole crew is against the implementation of a new CMMS? One of the key reasons any software implementation fails to “get off the ground” is poor user uptake and little or no training. Too many times the comment we hear is “no one asked me”, “we don’t want this” or “we have been told to use this but no one has shown us how”. How many organisations budget for buying software and licences but don’t allow enough to cover a comprehensive implementation and training program to go with it? Too many is the answer. I didn’t ask…

CMMS/EAM Implementation : Visibility and Reporting

Do your reports consist of rummaging through boxes of paperwork, endless spreadsheets or shrugging your shoulders….”no idea”? A well configured system will allow you to not only record data and information quickly and accurately, it should give you better visibility in understanding the health of your asset and maintenance operations. In this article we discuss best practices for the visbility and reporting of the data collected through your CMMS/EAM. Don’t be afraid to tell the facts So you have your CMMS system installed, all the staff have been instructed how they should use it and you’re collecting enough information daily to fill…