The Bigfoot CMMS Blog

Cloud Considerations for CMMS

February 4, 2015 | CMMS Tech, CMMS Tips, Data Centers | 2 comments

Last year’s data breaches, according to a January 2015 report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, reached an all-time high of 783, a disturbing reality that shows that private networks and servers are no longer airtight when it comes to hackers. Maintenance data is no exception. As the work of maintenance teams becomes increasingly dependent on the latest technology, the need to secure data also grows more important every day. …

Preserving Safety and Security in Tool Control

January 7, 2015 | Asset Management, Correctional Facilities, Inventory Management | no comments

If a wrench went missing at a manufacturing plant, the production line would no doubt keep running. If the same thing happened in a correctional facility, however, the whole place could be locked down. At jails, prisons, training schools for offenders and other facilities in the criminal justice system, all tools and machinery must be accounted for at all times – because implements designed for building and repairing can also …

Expanding the Maintenance Toolkit for 2015 OSHA Standards

December 12, 2014 | CMMS Tips, Occupational Safety & Health, Reporting | no comments

January 1, 2015 marks the starting date for a new set of regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will affect many maintenance professionals throughout the United States. The new OSHA standards are designed to help improve workplace safety, in light of statistics showing more than 4,000 workers killed on the job in 2013. Not only are workplace accidents devastating to employees and families, it is estimated that …

Achieving Peak Preventive Maintenance through KPIs

November 10, 2014 | Reporting | no comments

Trying to improve maintenance operations without analyzing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is like pumping up a tire without a pressure gauge – there’s no way to judge if it’s getting too much air, or too little.  But when using a feature-rich CMMS to monitor KPIs, they get a clear picture of exactly how their assets — and the teams maintaining them — are performing, and what they are doing to …

Factory Automation Becomes a Reality with CMMS Condition Maintenance

October 31, 2014 | OPC Interface, Preventive Maintenance, Work Orders/Maintenance Requests | no comments

It’s one thing to extract data from a machine to analyze performance issues. It’s quite another to link that data to your CMMS and turn those performance deficits into automatic preventive maintenance tasks to keep machines thriving. Condition maintenance becomes a reality for CMMS with an integrated OPC Interface. Data, such as meter readings or temperature, pulled from machinery sensors and other hardware feeds directly into CMMS for instant action and analysis. Consider …

It Takes a Plan to Change a Habit

August 28, 2014 | Consulting | no comments

If your maintenance department has fallen into the habit of chasing down repairs and fighting fires, it’s unlikely that implementing even the most feature-rich CMMS will change the culture.  In a reactive environment, the team member who gets saddled with the implementation will be sweating bullets as he slogs through asset data entry, while repairs pile up and work gets put on hold. Without taking the time upfront to look …

Survey Says: Drive for Efficiency Fuels CMMS Purchases

June 30, 2014 | CMMS Tips | no comments

Whether they’re rookies looking to buy their first Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) system, or seasoned professionals needing an upgrade, maintenance folks are focused on one major goal: improving efficiency. That key finding comes out of the CMMS BuyerView of 2014, as conducted by Software Advice, an Austin-based company that provides reviews, research, and resources to prospective software buyers. Analyzing feedback from 385 phone interactions, Software Advice found more than …

Data Center Maintenance: Acing an Audit

June 24, 2014 | Asset Management, CMMS Case Studies, Data Centers, Reporting | no comments

When it comes to passing a government audit, three things matter most: documentation, documentation, documentation. At data centers, maintenance professionals are not only tasked with keeping power sources and equipment running 100% of the time, they must also keep records of every interaction with the company’s information systems and networks. A CMMS, like Bigfoot, plays an essential role in meeting that challenge, because auditors today demand a detailed picture of …