Today's manufacturers are more productive than ever. Clients are demanding higher quality products at ighter production times, and to meet those demands,
the modern plant floor is filled with advanced machinery.
Thanks to high-tech assets there are less inaccuracies, safer
plant floors and less manual labor. But, when you combine
complex machinery with big production demands, you can
create premature wear and tear. This means that machine
upkeep is of the utmost importance for your organization.
So why are so many of us still relying on outdated
From automated sensors performing condition monitoring
after hours to automated processes, advanced maintenance
is more important than ever in keeping high-tech machines
at high-productivity. But if you’re still relying on outdated
data collection methods, or find yourself scrambling to tackle
last-minute tasks, you can’t even begin to create an advanced
maintenance routine, let alone get ahead on your backlog.
If you have complex machinery, you need a maintenance
management solution that can keep up, which is why
many organizations are now turning towards computerized
maintenance management systems (CMMS). And while many
manufacturers already have a CMMS, not all software is
created the same, and some may not be able to incorporate
the advanced workflows needed to support modern plant
floors. Whether you're just getting started with a CMMS or
looking to switch to another solution, make sure it can help
you maximize overall equipment effectiveness with proactive
work, analyze data for deeper insights and create a plan for
By Paul Lachance
Beyond Proactive: Advanced
Maintenance With A CMMS
Data On The Plant Floor
The value of proactive work can’t be understated.
Proactive, or preventive, maintenance (PM) is absolutely
essential; without it, you’re essentially running your
machines to failure. A good place to start is to take a look
at the “80/20 Rule.” Ideally, what you want to have is 80
percent PM work and just 20 percent reactive. Note that this
is the ideal ratio — many maintenance teams fall short. The
goal is to get as close to the 80/20 ratio as possible and use
it as a benchmark.
With a CMMS, you can automatically schedule PM in
the future at a pace of your choosing. When a PM task
is created, you can also automate the assignment to your
technicians based on location, asset work history and more.
But in order to really be proactive, you need to be able to
pair PM with data.
One of the biggest benefits of a high-tech plant floor is
that machines automatically provide data with minimal
manual input. With everything going on in the day,
crunching data on work orders or manually entering data
can feel like an extra task that detracts from working on
your assets. That’s why it’s important to have a tool that not
only organizes work orders, but provides you with valuable
insights to help your team continuously improve.
How Software Impacts Maintenance
A CMMS stores all of your assets’ data in a central
location, creating deeper understanding into your operations
and enhancing visibility. This enhanced visibility can
also help you make repair versus replace decisions. If,