Today’s distribution, manufacturing and post and parcel operations depend on automation to keep product flowing reliably and efficiently. Industry research expects 10 to
15 percent annual growth in adoption of automation over
the next three to five years, with overall adoption levels
approaching 80 percent by 2019. With so many operations
relying on automation, proactive system maintenance plays a
critical role in avoiding unplanned downtime and maximizing
profits, asset performance, equipment longevity and return on
Predictive maintenance requires capturing all of the relevant
data and the interpretive expertise to put it to proactive use.
Today’s computerized maintenance management software
(CMMS) is an essential tool designed to do just that —
manage data collection, analysis, planning and execution for an
informed preventive lifecycle maintenance program.
However, these benefits assume an effective and fully developed implementation. Results can quickly sour and the CMMS
can become unusable if ill-equipped operations attempt the
implementation in-house or use a vendor unfamiliar with their
industry. Collecting on the promise of a CMMS requires an
experienced, trusted partner armed with a deep pool of reliable
data and an understanding of client business goals.
The market offers several competitive CMMS platforms,
with similarly robust capabilities and features to build,
manage and execute strategic maintenance programs. The
differentiation comes from the CMMS vendor’s industry
experience and implementation support to set a program
up for success and translate potential improvements and
safeguards into concrete results.
Unsuccessful implementations are usually not a result of
inherent software deficiencies, but due to other factors, like
dirty data, deficient management framework and poor vendor
support. These limit the effectiveness of individual CMMS
installations and further issues such as a lack of scalability
and standardization, add unnecessary complexity to multi-site
Here are five key factors to ensuring a successful material
handling CMMS installation:
A CMMS application is only as effective as its data quality
allows it to be. It can take five to seven years for a single site
to accumulate sufficient amounts of data to set benchmarks
and provide an informed foundation for strategic maintenance. Missing assets, incomplete procedures or outdated
spare parts information sacrifice data set size and accuracy,
greatly reducing program effectiveness.
Choosing a vendor with experience monitoring and managing material handling systems provides access to the right
data and the experience necessary to put it to productive use.
Utilizing a CMMS vendor with relevant material handling
experience provides the added value of gaining access to
years’ worth of relevant industry-specific data from multiple
implementations, including information from both its own
systems and equipment from other manufacturers. At start-up, the CMMS provider sets up a standardized framework
to handle local data collection and analysis, providing a
scalable foundation for comparison and data sharing across
No. 2. Expertise And Processes To Extract The Most
Value From Data
Business intelligence-driven process improvements drive
the ongoing benefit of an effective CMMS implementation.
The path to success requires extensive data input with
proper organization and workflow. A new installation starts
with importing data from existing database libraries and
can require the creation of more than 200 different assets
in the software, including root cause analysis, mean time
to failure and measurement thresholds to trigger actions.
Multi-site implementations add an extra layer of complexity
Five Steps To A Successful
Material Handling CMMS
Upgrade maintenance operations with improved efficiency, quality and