Nearly five million Americans need blood transfusions each year. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is a community nonprofit that saves lives by providing the blood donations to a portion of those in need. To achieve its goals, LifeSouth collects approximately 266,000 blood donations each year, or 728 donors a day, and supplies blood to more than 100 hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Now try doing that with broken-down equipment. It just isn’t an option when hospitals and patients rely on LifeSouth to provide blood supplies, and related components and services, on time, every time.
How LifeSouth Community Brought Efficiency to Their Records and Budget Using a CMMS
Expanding to new territories and locations is an exciting part of company growth. But networking and streamlining each site together can seem like a large mountain to climb. An enterprise maintenance management software can make the feat an easy task by saving a company time and money in any expansion process. The best enterprise maintenance management software providers ensure that the first implementation sets the stage for success so that subsequent sites have a proven framework to follow that is unique to their business model.
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.
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
Facility managers have a lot on their plate. From planning maintenance strategies to setting budgets to satisfying work order requests, the priorities and tasks seem endless.
With the help of a CMMS, managers can improve the facility’s asset health, team efficiencies and downtime, reducing headaches and freeing up large amounts of time. A CMMS has five features that will alleviate a facility manager’s stress by improving day-to-day tasks and team processes. Read on to learn how. Continue reading
The number of assets within a healthcare facility is only growing, as more technology and medical devices are developed to improve patient care. In fact, in the number of assets patients are surrounded by has grown from only eight in 1995 to now more than 13. And, that’s just within a patient’s room.
The maintenance team knows the struggles with the growing amount of assets in healthcare facilities, as downtime negatively impacts day-to-day labor costs, expenses incurred from lack of productivity and, most importantly, patient care. Continue reading
For healthcare facilities or hospitals, patient health, care and safety is paramount. Patient comfort and satisfaction depends on the reliability of equipment, machines, and technology used by physicians and staff.
It’s the duty of the maintenance team to keep all devices and machines in working condition, as patients’ lives and facility compliance depend on it. This means there’s no room for asset downtime or the chance of inventory stockout due to emergency requests. Continue reading
“What gets measured gets managed,” goes the old saying—and it could not be truer for healthcare maintenance professionals. Hospitals and healthcare systems rely on functioning assets and equipment not just to remain profitable, but also to enhance patient well-being. With that kind of responsibility, it’s critical to make sure assets and equipment are maintained before they fail or break.
The best way to make sure maintenance is preventive rather than reactive is through smart measurement. This requires a well-designed system that tracks each metric important to your operations. But be careful: if you start tracking and analyzing everything, suddenly nothing becomes a priority; it’s extremely difficult to sort the signal from the noise. Continue reading
The healthcare market is booming with no signs of a slow down anytime soon. In fact, it’s estimated that healthcare spending will rise to $5.5 trillion by 2024 in just the U.S. alone.
As healthcare spending increases, so do opportunities and challenges within the industry. The rapid advancement of technology, higher demand from newly insured patients and facility mergers are just some of the challenges in the market. Meanwhile, healthcare providers, hospitals and insurers are looking to take advantage of cost savings as they continue to grow. Continue reading
The best types of maintenance occur before equipment breaks. Done right, preventive maintenance (PM) gives organizations large and small a major competitive advantage. With it, organizations experience significantly less downtime and generate greater ROI from their fixed assets. Not to mention the boost preventive maintenance gives to staff morale and productivity, including better team efficiencies and scheduling.
You can get your team proactively operating on a preventive maintenance schedule with the help of a CMMS. Companies that rely on the power of a CMMS report increased uptime, less repair time and improved asset reliability.
Manufacturers have a wide range of systems in place that drive the success of the business and keep uptime performance on the upswing. And while individual manufacturers may have a different goal that defines success—an efficient team, decreased operational downtime or zero inventory stockouts—one factor remains true: success must be measured.
In a maintenance manager’s perfect world, asset downtime wouldn’t exist, technicians would always be efficient and scheduling would be a breeze. Though, maintenance managers know this ideal simply doesn’t exist, it’s their job to keep the plant running as smoothly as possible.
Maintenance managers can get one step closer to a picture-perfect plant with the help a preventive maintenance (PM) strategy. Here’s just a glimpse of the expanding benefits:
It’s no secret that manufacturing has always been a major player in the economy. In fact, manufacturers contribute approximately $2.17 trillion to the economy annually, and account for 9% of the U.S. workforce.
But as economies mature, manufacturers are scrambling to stay competitive in sophisticated markets. So, which innovations will keep the manufacturing industry up-to-speed?
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Maintenance Connection’s blog in 2014.
Whether an organization is putting a new CMMS system into place or has been utilizing a tool for years, training should be a considered a critical component to successful usage. Training is necessary to keep up with new features in the software, enhance the skill sets of employees, and improve efficiency.
Training sessions should be held for each person in an organization who will be using a CMMS on a day-to-day basis including technicians, maintenance supervisors and administrators.
The benefits of implementing a CMMS range broadly—from better preventive maintenance scheduling to greater insights into organizational asset health. While a CMMS undoubtedly brings value to many types of facilities, a startling 80 to 90% of implementation efforts fail. (Yikes!)
Whether you’ve recently purchased a CMMS or your company has seasoned users, employee adoption drives successful implementation. It’s simply not enough to install the system without any formal training or employee encouragement.