The Bigfoot CMMS Blog

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 …

Preventing the Preventable with Machinery Maintenance

April 14, 2014 | Asset Management, CMMS Tips, Occupational Safety & Health, Preventive Maintenance | no comments

– by Paul Lachance, President and CTO, Smartware Group, Inc., with contributions from Barton Henderson, Manager, Statewide Bearings If you’re 16 and you’ve just received your driver’s license, changing the oil every 3,000 miles is a foreign concept. But a seasoned driver who only changes the oil when the little lantern flashes on the dashboard may deserve a more dubious designation. Likewise, if you’re in charge of maintaining heavy machinery …

Through Unified CMMS, Organizations Thrive

April 8, 2014 | Preventive Maintenance | no comments

Let’s say your company manufactures gas turbines for military aircraft. It’s a medium-sized outfit with four plants all located within 30 miles of each other. You manage the maintenance department for one plant, and your team takes pride in running a sane, efficient, and proactive operation in part because all the asset maintenance and repair history is logged into your Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). You couldn’t imagine running your …

Scoring LEED Platinum Points for Operations & Maintenance; CMMS Can Help

April 2, 2014 | Asset Management, CMMS Case Studies, CMMS Tips, Integration | no comments

Whether you’re the facilities manager of a factory, a warehouse, or residential apartment building, you have probably encountered the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification program and the opportunity to earn this prestigious designation for designing, constructing, and operating a sustainable, energy-efficient, water-conserving building. LEED, created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely recognized and widely-used green building program across the globe. To receive …

Change Management & CMMS, Part II

March 25, 2014 | CMMS Case Studies, CMMS Tips, Training | 1 comment

Maintenance managers that make the leap to CMMS without considering how to help stakeholders adapt, are likely to end up with a frustrated maintenance department, resistant employee requestors, and a shiny new system that languishes “on the shelf.” The maintenance department of one specialty grocery chain learned this the hard way. The department had reached the boiling point of maintenance dystopia. There was no paper work, no formal way of …

Change Management & CMMS, Part I

March 18, 2014 | CMMS Case Studies, CMMS Tips, Training | no comments

We can all agree that if you have equipment that needs servicing, has value, and depreciates – you need a structure to keep up with maintenance. For one Canadian salmon producer, this structure was fairly basic. The maintenance team was able to keep track of smaller tasks on paper. “We started small and were able to give a lot of attention to each piece of equipment,” according Snow Island’s Vice …

Swish Every Shot with Maintenance ‘Coaching’

January 12, 2014 | Preventive Maintenance | no comments

You wouldn’t play professional sports without a coach; so why implement the right CMMS without a consultant? One Bigfoot CMMS user produces highly sophisticated radar systems for the U.S. Navy that, as you can imagine, requires precision-perfect equipment to build them in a highly-regulated environment. They put on their game face with Bigfoot “coaching,” and have the preventive maintenance (PM) completion rate to prove it. The Navy needs to know …