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.
The unique challenges affecting today’s lodges, casinos, spa resorts, stadiums, and other businesses making up the hospitality industry deserve attention from all relevant departments, even when the connection only exists indirectly. For instance, improving the guest experience isn’t just about providing great customer service. Back-end processes, such as asset maintenance and upkeep, can have a huge impact on whether guests enjoy themselves enough to post a stellar review. Therefore, maintenance fits well into service plans.
When it comes to upgrading and implementing computerized maintenance management systems, the key point to remember is that these solutions aren’t in the business of replacing or minimizing the contributions of technicians and other staff members. Every automated and convenient feature simply grants workers more efficiency and effectiveness, superpowers that will help them maximize their daily productivity.
The quest to make maintenance operations safer and more efficient never ends. Technologies both available today as well as those emerging on the horizon present potential to transform plants and facilities. With still too many companies relying on manual processes and homegrown systems, it pays to take a glimpse at what the future may hold. Then, focus on what’s possible today.
When it’s time to add a new solution or moving from a previous version, it’s important to get to know the services offered by your vendor. Functionality is typically the focal point for maintenance professionals, yet other aspects oftentimes are just as critical as the work order function, for example.