In 2015, fifty-seven percent of the reported workplace amputations occurred in the manufacturing industry, reports EHS Today. Amputations were partially the result of machine guarding, cites the news source, making guarding among OSHA’s top 10 citation list this year. Manufacturing companies with potential machine hazards are on the agency’s radar – and this aim doesn’t appear to be wavering any time soon.
Atrium Windows & Doors, one of the largest North American aluminum window and door manufacturers, discovered several benefits in a short time when it re-configured its Bigfoot CMMS solution with help from the Smartware Group Consulting team. From reduced downtime and improved communication to a significantly lower need for overtime, the company unearthed a range of advantages. Here’s their story.
SME, founded in 1932 as the Society of Tool Engineers, hosts multiple seminars throughout the year to ensure manufacturing companies have up-to-date knowledge on their side when they perform their day-to-day tasks. These organizations can improve their operations through cutting-edge technology, and SME partners with leaders in the field to present trends and developments that can help.
No industry can make a technological leap if a cornerstone system is missing. For today’s manufacturing plants, that key solution may be advanced CMMS. As operations grow more automated, digitized, and complex in scale, having a central repository for up-to-date data on every asset and facility site has gone from a value-add and efficiency booster to a requirement.
When implementing a new CMMS or re-configuring your existing system, it’s obviously important to grant access to maintenance leadership and technicians. But what happens when companies have committed to a Total Productive Maintenance initiative, thus spreading responsibilities across a number of roles and departments? In that situation, the use case for CMMS expands.
The approaches to tracking, updating, and reporting on CapEx can vary greatly from organization to organization: accounting or ERP systems, project management software, homegrown systems, and even spreadsheets. For a maintenance responsibility that impacts the effectiveness of critical assets and equipment, the ongoing management of maintenance CapEx should require more than these improvised options typically found today.
When assets are maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions and historical performance, there is typically less downtime and more productivity among staff. Predictive maintenance is the gold standard of facility upkeep and a worthwhile goal for teams today. But what happens when these programs need a refresh?