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…

Maintenance Connection Q&A: Sorting Work Orders Numerically

Our Question this week was from Liam.G who is using the Maintenance Connection for his facilities management operations in Adelaide, Australia. “How do you sort Work Orders numerically as opposed to alphanumerically using Maintenance Connection?” The default WO# field presented on reports is a text field and the sorting results can look a little unusual. For example with alphanumeric sorting,  “10”  appears before  “6”. Fix: Add a new field to the report that has a numeric type to hold the WOPK.   Sort by this new field. Below is how the sorting looks when sorted numerically. Thanks for…

Using KPI’s to manage Maintenance Optimisation

KPIs can be used within Maintenance Connection to optimise service frequencies and reduce maintenance costs. An example of this is in setting the schedules for servicing equipment which must conform to Statutory Compliance by a regulatory body. This can include such items as Pressure Safety Valves (PSV) and Pressure Vessels. These must be inspected and maintained at regular intervals to ensure they are fit for service and do not pose a threat to people and property.Regulations for these can vary from State to State. Companies should seek advice from their local jurisdiction as the suggested options within this article may not apply…

Reduce Downtime, Reduce Costs. Find Your Overworked Assets.

In this week’s post we dive into a tech tip using Maintenance Connection to sort your assets that have had the most work orders raised against them. A CMMS is all about reducing downtime of equipment and reducing costs. High frequency of work on a particular asset earmarks it as an asset that:  breaks down alot.  may need replacement.  may need inspections.  may need PM work to minimise the breakdowns. Below we discuss how to configure your Maintenance Connection CMMS to allow you to easily find the assets that are getting the most use. Background We need a report that shows the Assets…

What’s the price of a CMMS?

A high-quality CMMS/EAM system isn’t something you can just buy from your local discount outlet. It’s proven time and time again that cheap is usually nasty and what may seem like a bargain now will end up being much more expensive, limited in its functionality and time-consuming in the long-run. Then again, this doesn’t mean that small to mid-size companies should have to pay the 7 figure plus sums which are charged by some multi-national vendors for the price of a CMMS. These systems often tend to be the most difficult to configure, modify, operate and require their “specialised staff”…

What is EAM (Enterprise Asset Management)?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s an EAM! It seems to be a grey area for the maintenance management sector, what is the software we’re using to manage asset and maintenance operations? What are we working with and what are the differences between its specific components. Is it an EAM, a CMMS, a GIS, a ….. and the list goes on. We’ve stripped it back to the basics to define some key industry terms that will help you in your quest to find the right asset and maintenance management software solutions for your business or organisation. What is Enterprise Asset…

Asset Management: What’s Your Decision Making Process

In my previous blog I covered the topic of “What is an ageing asset”? Having determined that an asset doesn’t necessarily need to be old to be “ageing”, ALL organisations need to look at a process to manage their assets regardless of the physical age of the equipment or facility. As a car enthusiast, I marvel at the vintage cars that are still on the road today. I appreciate the care and attention the owners have taken to lovingly care for, restore and maintain their pride and joy. It was their decision that although the car was “old”, with careful inspection,…

CMMS Health Check: Adjust the timing or rebuild the engine?

Many MC Global Solutions customers have taken the opportunity to use our Consultants to have a look under the bonnet of their CMMS to find out how well they are running. Whether it’s a matter of finding the time, committing resources or the cost involved many people treat getting an expert in to look at their Asset Maintenance Management the same a booking their car in for a service. Or are they just afraid it will confirm what they already know? MC Global Solutions Consultants have been carrying out CMMS Health Checks for many of our long-term customers over the last…

CMMS/EAM Implementation: Outdated Systems

“The sticky-note can hold it together for only so long.” Are you maintaining the right items at the right time or just when you remember to? A well implemented CMMS/EAM can assist you in improving the efficiency of your maintenance program, ensure you have the right resources, the right parts, at the right time. Implementing a CMMS / EAM will allow you to set your maintenance program up so that the equipment will be maintained at the correct frequency. Data from this maintenance can be used to ensure that the parts required to maintain the equipment are…

CMMS/EAM Implementation: Regulatory Compliance

Are you facing an audit? Endless Post-it notes, countless spreadsheets coupled with messy whiteboards simply won’t cut it to satisfy regulatory compliance. Today, regardless of what industry you are in, regulatory compliance and compliance issues in general, are simply a fact of life. Ensure the paperwork minefield doesn’t undermine your compliance.   Whether it be complying with Government or Industry regulators or your own internal quality, environment or safety processes, the CMMS/ EAM Solution is a powerful tool that can be used to manage your compliance requirements. Although quite a cliché, the saying “If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen” certainly holds true…