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…

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…

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 and…

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…