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CMMS/EAM Implementation: Outdated Systems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…

EAM / CMMS Implementation: A Strong House Has Good Foundations

The old Turkish proverb tells us; “A building without foundation is soon demolished” (Source Unknown). Take your time to scope a project before rushing into loading information. Most companies have asset data in some form when you first start the gathering process. Generally it comes from multiple sources and it nearly always is incomplete or outdated. Like any well-constructed system, it’s important to know the who, what, when, where and how’s: Always avoid the instruction to get it loaded and we’ll clean it up later”. It won’t happen!! The resources will not be available and no one wants to clean up someone…

EKB Storage Case Study: SAP Finance Integration

EKB (Etzel Kavernenbetriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co.KG) operates a major underground gas storage facility based in Germany. EKB wanted to take advantage of the ease of use and efficiency of theMaintenance Connection Software and more importantly the Inventory & Procurement functionality, and incorporate their SAP Finance & Purchasing system into their daily maintenance management workflow process. Challenge: Although EKB was already using Maintenance Connection effectively for their maintenance management and stock control activities, they were also using SAP to manage their finance. Efficiency was a major problem at EKB and a simplified and automated workflow process…

How does SaaS work with an EAM/CMMS?

Ever wondered what that abbreviation of the characters “SaaS” was all about? It could be cost effective solution for the way you own and operate your EAM/CMMS within your business or organisation. Check out our breakdown and top five reasons to choose SaaS: SaaS stands for Software-as-a-service which is typically a model of software deployment when the application is provided as a service to customers across the web. Think of SaaS as “renting” the software to customers who access it remotely, most commonly over the internet. The SaaS provider hosts the applcation, which it owns, on secure servers that it owns, operates, and maintains.

Inventory Management: How Much Stock Do You Currently Have On Hand?

Inventory Management or Stock Control is an integral part of any Maintenance Department and can unfortunately be the least managed area. Usually due to Maintenance Department’s staff being depleted over time or personnel not being properly trained in the discipline of Stock Control. It’s a no brainer, taking control of this situation is one of the first major steps to improving all round Maintenance Management. Things like ‘just knowing’ what stock you have on hand enables you, the supervisor or planner to schedule work and have it finished in a timely manner, this will also help with the reduction of Down…

Maintenance Connection Best Practice: Using Failure Codes Effectively

In this series we will be guiding you through best practices and case studies of how MC Global clients were able to effectively use it’s CMMS system; Maintenance Connection. Many Preventative Maintenance schedules are designed to follow the Manufacturer’s recommended timeframe. However these are often based on working conditions which are alien to the Operator. A well-constructed set of Failure codes (Problem, Reason and Solution) can help to identify where variations to the original schedule need to be made. A report can be made in Maintenance Connection which can display the proactive and reactive Work Orders created for equipment which belong…

Maintenance Connection V7 Beta Release Is Coming

We’re excited to announce the Beta release of Maintenance Connection V7.0. With an expected launch date around mid-year, we’ve listed some of our favourite new features that are guaranteed to provide you with a superior CMMS user experience. 1. Multiple Browser Capability: Now supporting multiple devices and browsers: Windows PC, Mac and Chromebook. 2. Enhanced Configurability: The Smart Label Feature can be used to configure labels on messages, buttons, or tabs. This is accomplished using one of the Custom English settings available. 3. Multiple Languages MC v7.0 includes language support for Non-English speaking members throughout the application. If a language other…