Picture this: you schedule maintenance for a quick repair and discover a spare part is not on-hand, forcing operations to a sudden standstill. What do you do? Chances are, you submit an emergency work order to get operations in motion and then figure out where to find another part.
In the scenario described above, it’s likely that you’re experiencing inventory stockout. This is not unusual, considering most organizations will experience stockout at some point in time. What’s surprising? You don’t have to. Continue reading
One of the best decisions a company can make is to implement a CMMS software for their asset, inventory and maintenance management needs. Just as a the foundation of a house ensures the house is standing strong, so a proper system foundation will aid in successful company operations. To create a successful beginning, here are some key system considerations to know before implementing a new CMMS.
Changing regulatory standards and evolving industry trends are causing healthcare facilities to re-strategize to keep patient care in the forefront and maintenance in order. A sampling of current healthcare trends and regulations affecting the industry and maintenance team, include:
How do you stay up on the top industry trends and regulations to keep your maintenance team in the know? At Maintenance Connection, we trust many resources to ensure our CMMS platform meets the needs of healthcare maintenance pros.
Attention healthcare maintenance and facility professionals: Mark your calendars for the 54th ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition. Scheduled for August 6-9, the conference is right around the corner, and we want to see you there!
Each year, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA), brings together 35,000+ professionals ranging from facility pros, to plant managers, to technicians. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn about emerging trends. Continue reading
Time is of the essence when it comes to managing mobile maintenance operations. To enhance productivity and performance, maintenance teams utilize mobile computerized maintenance management software (CMMS).
By having mobile CMMS at your fingertips, you too could make better maintenance decisions with the right information at the right time. In fact, FacilitiesNet states that mobile CMMS helps both technicians and managers remotely gain access to data, work orders and other decision-driving information.
In our 2017 State of CMMS Report, we found that fewer than half of maintenance pros rely on mobile CMMS. What’s more startling is that these maintenance teams are missing out on top CMMS functionality enabled by mobile, like accelerated workflow and improved team communication. Continue reading
From servicing equipment to demonstrating compliance, managing maintenance in a healthcare facility is no small task. To ensure day-to-day operations run according to schedule, healthcare facilities rely on computerized maintenance management software (CMMS).
In an effort to reveal how CMMS implementation directly affects industries like healthcare, we created the 2017 State of CMMS Report. Through our findings, we discovered what sort of return on investment (ROI) professionals experience from CMMS, and how operations improve as CMMS usage increases. The survey also exposed healthcare as one of the more maintenance-intensive industries. For example, 63% of healthcare respondents reported they have more than 500 assets to manage. With more assets comes greater responsibility. Continue reading
We have a few questions for you:
- Were you the team member who first researched CMMS?
- Did you go above and beyond during the CMMS implementation phase to ensure team members understood the system?
- Did you fight technology resistance to win ultimate buy-in for your organization’s CMMS?
If you answered yes to these questions, congrats, you may be your maintenance team’s CMMS change agent. Now that you’ve implemented your CMMS, it’s time to champion for success to ensure the team is fully utilizing the system to reach total maintenance mastery.
While it may seem like a daunting task to inspire change across your organization, imagine the benefits that full CMMS implementation would mean to your organization (hint: less downtime, fewer emergency work orders, higher customer satisfaction and less risk of going over budget).
The benefits of a CMMS for a healthcare facility or hospital are undeniable. From faster response rates, to less critical-asset downtime, to more preventive maintenance, CMMS helps healthcare maintenance pros proactively manage requests, inventory and assets for better patient care.
In our recently released 2017 State of CMMS Report, we asked 1,000+ maintenance pros about their daily operations, how they use CMMS and the return on investment (ROI) they’ve seen from CMMS implementation. Many healthcare maintenance professionals weighed in, and what we found may surprise you.
When it comes to measuring success, there’s nothing more important than setting measurable benchmarks and defining key performance indicators (KPIs).
For maintenance professionals, measuring key metrics is made easier with computerized maintenance management software (CMMS). Use a CMMS to visualize KPIs with custom dashboards, so maintenance professionals can get a sense of how well the organization is (or isn’t) hitting its targets.
So what should you measure? Use a CMMS KPI dashboard to measure impact on high-level, bottom-line business goals or get as detailed as you can with metrics on specific asset types in terms of brand performance comparisons (do certain TVs really outlive others?). Consider KPIs that track asset lifetime health, labor productivity, inventory investments and more. With a CMMS, maintenance professionals can measure asset performance across a variety of KPIs. Continue reading
Is your maintenance management program certified for success? If the answer is yes—you’re already reaping the benefits of work order tracking, preventive maintenance, asset management and more. If the answer is no, it’s time to consider a better maintenance management strategy.
How do you produce better maintenance outcomes?
New data we discovered from polling 1,000+ maintenance professionals has the answer. According to the new 2017 State of the CMMS Report, users with high levels of preventive maintenance save millions on costs each and every year. The survey responses come from approximately 1,000 maintenance professionals across 10 major industries. The majority of them work in maintenance daily or support those who do. And their answers to our questions illuminate the secret to successful maintenance operations:
Effective implementation of a computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) system. Continue reading
When it comes to maintenance, your organization is either taking a proactive approach or a reactive one.
It’s been proven that proactive strategies, like preventive and predictive maintenance, can improve a facility’s bottom line in many ways: lowering maintenance costs, improving asset reliability and giving a 360-degree view of performance, just to name a few.
However, a majority (66%) of organizations still rely on reactive practices to keep their operations going. Continue reading
There is a major problem that maintenance professionals face when they try to implement a computerized maintenance management solution (CMMS). This issue prevents them from truly unlocking a CMMS’ potential and getting the full ROI they expect from these systems.
The cause of these woes is lack of visibility. Even if an organization implements a CMMS, maintenance teams don’t benefit unless as many assets, activities and work orders as possible are visible in the system. And we have the data to prove it.
In the 2017 State of CMMS Report, Maintenance Connection surveyed 1,000+ maintenance professionals on their operations. Spanning 10 industries, the insights give an invaluable look into how improved visibility translates into significant performance gains for maintenance teams. Continue reading
Introducing the 2017 State of CMMS Report, an exclusive look at the maintenance operations of 1,000+ maintenance professionals. The report reveals how maintenance pros lower costs, reduce downtime and maximize their CMMS investments. It’s data you can’t find anywhere else. With it, pros at organizations of any size can improve their maintenance operations. Continue reading
Managing public sector maintenance is no small feat or cost. Over nearly 60 years, federal, state and local governments have spent more than $2 trillion on operations, maintenance, and water and wastewater infrastructure.
With tight budgets, strict regulations and citizens’ lives that depend on the uptime of critical assets, governments need a smart maintenance strategy to ensure a proper workflow.
How do you use your CMMS?
Have you recently started noticing that your maintenance team may be lagging, and you need a system to keep communication organized and visible? Or, are you far past implementation, and you’re ready to prove the tool has decreased downtime and saved on overall costs?
No matter what stage of the CMMS usage phase you’re in, you’re ahead of any team that is unaware of the power of the platform. That’s because a CMMS solution is proven to decrease asset downtime, extend machine life, improve the work order tracking process, implement preventive maintenance schedules, and provide bottom-line cost savings. Continue reading
A great idea is useful. But do you know what’s actually valuable? Executing that idea.
For instance, great idea: use a CMMS solution to improve your maintenance operations. But completing effective CMMS implementation across your organization and its assets? That’s much more valuable—and a little more involved.
The best CMMS solutions improve asset uptime, work order tracking and labor productivity by digitally organizing assets and notifications. While these systems might seem like magic, they don’t magically set themselves up. They require implementation. Continue reading
One of the greatest challenges hospitals face is asset management. Since the quality of care depends on the uptime of assets that save lives every day, a smart management strategy is a critical task for maintenance. The best asset management plans help to extend asset life, monitor critical machine performance and reduce costly downtime, all of which translate to better patient care.
For hospital maintenance technicians, using computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) helps support operations across entire healthcare organizations. Those with complete systems in place have less asset downtime to tend to, which allows physicians to focus more on the quality of patient care.
When it comes to managing maintenance for local, state and federal organizations in the public sector, there’s nothing more important than ensuring uptime, reliability and responsible resource management.
Because governments work to serve the people, an effective maintenance strategy enabled by a CMMS helps organizations to increase asset visibility, improve work order management and diminish asset downtime. Continue reading
The frequency of recalls in recent years has contributed to a significant, yet unnecessary expense for automotive manufacturers. U.S. vehicle recalls hit an all-time high this decade, reaching a record of 51.2 million vehicles over 868 separate recalls.
As automakers strive to develop cleaner, safer, smarter and more energy-efficient vehicles, manufacturers need visibility into the supply chain and production process. To mitigate risk, automotive manufacturers turn to computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) to streamline operations and improve internal communications. Continue reading
Ready for a shocking statistic? According to Software Advice, approximately 80 to 90% of all computerized management system (CMMS) implementations fail.
Why? CMMS failure can be attributed to poorly defined goals, lack of leadership buy-in, deficient training, a non-intuitive user experience, and more.
For more than 15 years, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with customers on successful CMMS implementations. We’ve tackled the common challenges above, updated our product per user feedback, and focused resources on customer success.
And the result: thousands of successful implementations—from enterprise to smaller shops—and a 98% overall customer satisfaction and project success rating.
The maintenance team works throughout a hospital or healthcare facility to improve efficiency in the delivery of patient care every day.
Because regulations play a major role in the industry, healthcare organizations must keep accurate records on patients, assets and overall maintenance efforts to demonstrate compliance and reduce operating costs. To deliver high-quality care and improve the patient experience, healthcare facilities rely on a CMMS to make the entire record keeping process easier and more efficient. Continue reading
When purchasing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), most people only consider the initial costs. However, to effectively create a budget for the solution, and gain critical buy-ins from senior management and end-users, you need to look at both initial and long-term costs. Continue reading
Managing inventory is a labor-intensive task that requires accuracy and efficiency. Statistics show that sales representatives typically spend 65% of their time on non-customer facing activities, such as inventory control.
As consumer demands change and inventory levels fluctuate, inventory management within a facility is critical for staying ahead of the market—and competition. Continue reading
The manufacturing industry is the sixth largest employer in the United States. In 2016, the manufacturing industry contributed $2.1 trillion to the economy. Because of this, a solid maintenance strategy is critical for manufacturing facilities to perform at peak performance and meet customer demands.
Unplanned downtime in the delivery and production process can cost maintenance managers significant time and money.
With a CMMS, maintenance managers can perform routine maintenance throughout the manufacturing plant that extends asset life, and prevents and predicts equipment failures. Continue reading