Numerous industrial operations are reliant on their inventories for various reasons – whether it’s properly calibrated tools needed to perform routine maintenance or the right quantity of parts to make that critical repair – and having the right part at the right time can grease the wheels and keep your business running effectively.
There is no “one size fits all” purchasing process for maintenance organizations – and for good reason. How your team may conduct supplier relations and what spare parts are purchased may well assist in contributing to your company’s competitive advantage. For this reason, and others, the purchasing function is an important one for maintenance professionals.
The basic problem is that when one element of your process shuts down, it tends to have a ripple effect on everything else you do. The direct costs of the shutdown – i.e., the materials and labor needed to repair what’s not working – are only the start of your troubles. Much more significant are the opportunity costs you incur by not staying up and running.
Just as most enterprise-level software solutions, CMMS is getting more robust and accessible with age. A CMMS makes a perfect one-stop shop for all things maintenance, removing the typical logistical roadblocks impeding the visibility of company progress. There’s no easier way to manage maintenance than right from your computer screen.
Except, well, there might be one easier way.
All it takes is a quick scan of the business headlines over the past few months to realize that disease outbreaks in the food service industry are still happening regularly. It’s clearly important that food industry professionals do more to monitor the maintenance process and look after their products’ safety needs – and with today’s technologies, it’s even easier to do so.
There’s no shortage of ways that your business can benefit from implementing a modern CMMS to better manage your maintenance processes. There’s a lot more to it than simply purchasing a CMMS and hitting the ground running, though. If you really want to achieve success with a new system, you’ve got to have a capable team of people on your side.