A need to keep employees safe and adhere to relevant safety regulations is universal for maintenance departments, but the exact circumstances will necessarily differ for companies according to their sector. Mining, for example, is so unique that it follows its own U.S. government administrative branch, called MSHA. Just as compliance varies for organizations, so to does the means to comply.
When departments are pressed for time, straining to manage their backlogs or keep up with current demands, it’s hard to iterate. A maintenance team busy fighting fires and struggling to keep up with overdue work orders can’t spare a moment to orchestrate breakthroughs or incremental gains at effectual paces. Proper configurations of CMMS and EAM solutions can be impactful in this regard, turning departments into well-oiled machines better suited to keep up with maintenance demands and grow over time.
Despite the shadow of potential setbacks and unforeseen variables, nine out of ten manufacturers expect annual revenue growth, with more than a quarter (27 percent) anticipating strong growth of more than 10 percent per year. For this to become a reality, manufacturers must ensure that equipment and assets are reliable and available during peak times for maximum output with minimum downtime.
The more automation you can introduce to your PM plan, the less time your team will have to waste on keeping the wheels turning, leaving them free to complete work orders and get your assets running smoothly when you need them. This is to say nothing of the accuracy advantages you will reap with a good maintenance automation plan.
Computerized maintenance management systems don’t have to stand alone. In fact, platform-based solutions are at their best when they bring the entire plant or other facility together, connecting data between departments to get a holistic view of the total operations. Making this connection quite often means linking CMMS with an ERP solution to ensure accurate and current data, as well as corresponding business processes and workflows, are moving in both directions.
Facilities turn to preventive maintenance for a number of reasons, notably to reduce downtime and cut related expenses. If they have the right technological solutions and organizational priorities, there’s no reason they can’t achieve these ends. However, if they fail to include the supportive back-end systems and processes, the expected efficiency may never materialize.