CMMS: A Laser Focus
Like many software solutions, CMMS has changed for the better and is worth
another look if your maintenance department is due for a facelift.
Before the world began clamoring for “big data,” there were industrial companies who
pioneered via systems like CMMS
or EAM in order to better structure
their maintenance programs. Having
an opportunity to make truly informed
decisions due to better tracking of
maintenance procedures, asset usage,
breakdown costs, and efficiency of
resources meant a competitive advantage,
and many manufacturers found the benefits
outweighed the initial investments.
The beauty of it is that, today, the need
for CMMS has not diminished an iota, yet
the availability of improved technology at
a lower price point means the business case
for CMMS is better than ever.
“ROI is what CMMS is all about,”
says Rona Palmer, marketing director for
eMaint, provider of completely web-based
SaaS (software-as-a-service) CMMS. “A
CMMS enables a laser focus on the
drivers behind the cost of operations
and provides actionable insights that
have immediate impact.”
Harshad Shah, president
of CMMS provider Eagle
Technology, Inc. agrees.
“Between the money that is
saved on a reduced or more
efficient labor force, and the
money that is saved preventing
machine breakage, manufactur-
ers are recouping their costs
in about a year.” In addition,
explains Shah, “their equipment
will last longer than ever before,
which means residual savings are
realized for years.”
For many manufacturers, the ROI
comes from the system’s ability, at its
most basic level, to keep them better orga-
nized. “Maintenance managers are mea-
sured by the extent to which they help their
companies meet customer expectations,
save money, and assure a safe workplace.
That means extending the life of their
company’s assets, reducing downtime,
minimizing inventory costs, and complying
with regulations,” says Palmer. “To achieve
these goals, they need to make smart deci-
sions, support them with data, and docu-
ment their results. That’s virtually impos-
sible without a CMMS that can be tailored
to a company’s needs.”
According to the National Institute of
Building Sciences, the system should pro-
vide for integrated processes giving the
manager control over the maintenance of
all facilities and maintainable equipment
from acquisition to disposal. The system
Address all resources involved. •
Maintain maintenance inventory.
Record and maintain work history.
Include work tasks and frequencies.
Accommodate all methods of work
Effectively interface and communicate
with related and supporting systems rang-
ing from work generation through work
performance and evaluation.
Support each customer’s mission.
Ensure communication with each customer.
Provide feedback information for analysis.
Reduce costs through effective mainte-
Labor As manufacturers contin- ue to struggle to compete
From a practical standpoint, these fea-
tures can create the kinds of efficiencies
that both improve operations and protect
the manufacturer from dangerous and
costly downtime. Says Shah, “When equip-
ment and inventory are catalogued in a
database, it allows a one-stop glance at the
business's assets. Warranty dates can
quickly be found, owner's manuals
can be electronically attached to
the record, and inventory items
can be located quickly.”