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The Bigfoot CMMS Blog

Increased Access to Asset Analytics Set to Transform Manufacturing

September 16, 2016 | Manufacturing, Reporting | no comments

The rise of analytics has taken place across every industry and field with a strong IT component. It’s no surprise that manufacturing is seeing the same transformation, as the current generation of connected equipment has turned every facility into a data-rich environment. The advantages that come with big data analytics, most notably fast and accurate decision-making, are now easily accessible by manufacturers, provided they make the right tech investments – not every company is there yet, and those that make the change soonest could serve as leaders.

Picking the Right Team for Your Maintenance Software Implementation

September 7, 2016 | CMMS Professional Services, CMMS Tips, Consulting | no comments

One surefire way to transform the way a plant manages assets is adding a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). While this has been clear for years – particularly with the evolution of cloud computing – adoption is far from universal. Some organizations continue to use spreadsheets, notebooks, and other manual processes, while others are relying on very basic work order or PM systems. That means it’s important to think about the steps it takes to implement a new CMMS and start making the most of modern technology.

Feeding Smart Plants with IoT Sensors

September 1, 2016 | CMMS Tech, Manufacturing, Predictive Maintenance | no comments

The proper implementation and utilization of a modern CMMS is just the beginning of maintenance optimization capabilities these days. The streaming of equipment data from the plant floor into your CMMS, as opposed to the manual entry of meter readings that are prone to human error, productivity consumption, is the next level of progression. A smart plant initiative that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive maintenance (PdM) CMMS will be the end game for manufacturers seeking to increase accuracy and efficiency. But how does a plant enact such an initiative?

Mobile Manufacturing Maintenance on the Rise

August 24, 2016 | Manufacturing, Mobile | no comments

Smartphones and tablets have become ubiquitous in both the consumer and business worlds, and manufacturing is no exception from this new status quo. These devices are a valuable window into data that can empower employees on the go. Organizations that haven’t yet embraced them won’t have much of a choice in the future – it will become a requirement to conducting business.

CMMS Adoption: Still Too Low

August 10, 2016 | CMMS Tips, Manufacturing, Mobile, Predictive Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance | no comments

The benefits provided by CMMS in the manufacturing field have been well charted by this point – from decreased downtime and incident reports through increased regulatory compliance and production output. With CMMS at the center of maintenance strategy unification, engineers, operators, technicians, coordinators and others gain a powerful solution to keep their assets and equipment operating optimally and at minimal cost. With that said, it’s clear that the advantages bear further repeating, as this year’s Plant Engineering Maintenance Study found that only 51 percent of plants surveyed are running a CMMS.

Preventive Maintenance Today: Common Issues and Solutions

July 26, 2016 | Manufacturing, Predictive Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance | no comments

When it comes to potential issues with preventive maintenance (PM) schemes, the list is long. A recent Marshall Institute post made this clear: There are many ways to get PM wrong, and many leaders will find they are currently guilty of at least one of these faults. The issues can be broken down into a few categories, each of which merits attention.

How Can Predictive Analytics Be An Asset In The Utilities Industry?

July 18, 2016 | Energy & Utilities, Predictive Maintenance | no comments

A recent Accenture study found what utilities operators are worried about in the years ahead. As it happens, officials are concerned that the introduction of radical new power generation techniques – renewable sources such as photovoltaics – will lead to an increase in grid faults. Indeed, 56 percent of executives polled stated that this change will increase grid faults by 2020. The power grid as it has existed for decades is on the cusp of evolving, and this has increased concerns.