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The Bigfoot CMMS Blog

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.

Not Just for Maintenance: How CMMS Benefits Other Functions, Part II

July 14, 2016 | CMMS Tips, Occupational Safety & Health | no comments

In the first part of our series, we examined how Engineering and Quality personnel interface with CMMS. Now Part II will delve into how other areas of an organization, like Sales and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), can also gain from routine CMMS access along with Engineering, Quality, Operations, Supply Chain, Maintenance, and Human Resources with different CMMS user type roles.

Aim for Accuracy in Hotel Budgeting

July 6, 2016 | Budget Management, Hospitality, Preventive Maintenance, Purchasing, Work Orders/Maintenance Requests | no comments

Engineering budgeting is typically viewed as a gauge, particularly when it comes to hotels, motels, lodges, casinos, and other hospitality properties. “Engineering budgets are best replicating historic data for that particular property. When budgets are made, it is only a foggy view of the next fiscal year,” writes Carl Corrigan in Maintenance Resources.