Manufacturing Maintenance: 5 Quality Control & Efficiency Issues to Avoid Downtime

Manufacturing Maintenance: 5 Quality Control & Efficiency Issues to Avoid Downtime

The journey to an efficient maintenance team across any industrial facility or manufacturing plant is dependent on a variety of factors, including an experienced, efficient maintenance staff.

However, without the proper tools in place to measure quality control and efficiency data and benchmarks, the maintenance team risks the possibility of downtime or an inefficient production schedule.

As a result, manufacturers witness breaks in production and are unable to fulfill the requests of customers, compromising quality and driving up maintenance costs.
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What Benefits Will I Gain From Spare Parts Management and CMMS Integration?

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

3 Ways Mobile CMMS Streamlines Maintenance Operations

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

2017 State of CMMS Report: Top 3 CMMS Healthcare Insights [Free Download]

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

Top 6 Maintenance KPIs & How to Measure with a CMMS

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

3 Ways CMMS Improves Government Budget and Regulation Management

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.

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How Hospitals Diminish Asset Downtime and Improve Patient Care with CMMS

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.

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3 CMMS Features that Improve Government Maintenance

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

4 Ways Automotive Manufacturers Can Improve Processes with a CMMS

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

3 Ways a CMMS Streamlines a Healthcare Facility’s Record Keeping

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

How Maintenance Managers Extend Asset Life and Decrease Downtime with CMMS

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

How Medical Device Manufacturers Prove Compliance with CMMS

Every day, healthcare professionals rely on medical devices that diagnose, treat, prevent and cure medical conditions and diseases. Hospital managers and medical device manufacturers partner to ensure that each part is compliant with regulatory standards.  

For medical device manufacturers, using a computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) is a must. Those with complete systems in place see decreased medical device-related accidents and improved efficiencies.
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Top Benefits of Integrating CMMS with an ERP System

It’s no secret that software systems benefit businesses of all types, especially those in manufacturing. In fact, manufacturing output has reached a record high thanks to software advancements like robotics and automation.

These facts prove that adoption of manufacturing software has resulted in higher productivity and output, and lower production costs across the industry. But, don’t stop while you’re ahead; there are many more ways to capture productivity improvements. Continue reading

How L’Oréal Improved Asset Life and Performance Reporting with a CMMS [Case Study]

With five major manufacturing facilities and 15 distribution centers in the U.S. alone, L’Oréal has thousands of employees to keep track of—not to mention assets. At a time of high growth, the company recognized its need for better maintenance management.

L’Oréal sought out an easy-to-use solution to help maintain the lifespan of its equipment and track asset health, so they chose Maintenance Connection’s CMMS. Continue reading

How Lucky Eagle Casino Reduced Maintenance Costs with a CMMS

Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance in the hospitality industry, especially for casinos. Vegas Inc states that the revenue of a casino comes from more than gambling—it depends heavily on the non-gaming experiences like operations.

As the operations of a casino become more elaborate thanks to today’s technology, there’s an even stronger need for smart maintenance. That’s because a casino’s customer satisfaction depends on the health of thousands of assets within—from slot machines to behind-the-scene equipment like lights and HVAC systems. Continue reading

3 Types of Maintenance Strategies and When to Implement Each [WEBINAR]

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Work smarter, not harder.” This carries over to the maintenance industry, one field that is in constant search of ways to decrease asset downtime without increasing the needed manpower.

But without broadening our range of strategies, how can any maintenance team improve if they’re following old, reactive ways? As FacilitiesNet states, one of the hardest parts of implementing a new maintenance strategy is simply getting started. Continue reading

Resorts and Hotels: 3 Ways a CMMS Will Cut Down Costs and Improve Customer Satisfaction

Managing maintenance in hotels and resorts with hundreds of rooms, multiple floors and many assets is no easy task. Facility managers must be organized and efficient to provide a comfortable stay for their guests in the hopes of continuing business with them in the future.

But it doesn’t stop there. Research has found that 72% of customers will share their positive experience with six or more people, which adds credibility and gives a positive boost to the resort’s reputation if customers enjoy themselves. Good maintenance is key to achieving that goal.

When assets are well maintained, guests experience fewer hassles and enjoy their stay more. The last thing anyone wants to worry about while traveling is substandard equipment or facilities. Continue reading

How Property Managers Can Improve Maintenance Strategy with a CMMS [VIDEO]

Attention property managers: Do you ever find there’s not enough time in the day for all of your responsibilities? No matter if you’re the manager of a retail, commercial or office building, it’s your job to keep tenants satisfied. And while it may seem like a simple enough task, there are other factors that come into play, like manpower, budget and resources.

With the help of a top-notch CMMS, property managers can check tasks off the to-do list faster than ever before. Plus, a CMMS provides bottom-line benefits by improving maintenance efficiency and capturing higher ROI from fixed assets.
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3 CMMS Features that Optimize Warehouse Operations

Ask any warehouse operations manager the key to their success, and you’ll quickly find the answer is efficiency. Inbound Logistics agrees, commenting on the dangers of an inefficient warehouse:

“When efficiency lags, products may not arrive at customer destinations on time, orders can get lost, and low inventory levels can result in stockouts.”

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3 Ways CMMS Improves Warehouse Management [VIDEO]

A warehouse manager’s list of responsibilities is endless. From inventory control to budget regulation and employee assignments, it’s easy to lose organization in the warehouse.

Yet, unorganized warehouse procedures yield lost profits, inefficient employees and increased downtime.
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How to Measure CMMS ROI & Performance

Editor’s note: This is part two of Maintenance Connection’s CMMS ROI series. See part one for our ROI infographic.

It can be difficult to monitor everything going on at your company. Without the proper systems in place to keep track of equipment usage and resource allocation, revenue may be lost and overall productivity will drop.

With a CMMS, organizations gain management and insight into assets and work orders, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies across departments.
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How to Improve Project Visibility with a CMMS [Customer Video]

 

Almost all process manufacturers experience daily struggles with project visibility. It’s difficult to grasp the status of projects with thousands of employees, operations processes, and assets spread across different locations with varying capabilities.
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Customer Success: Our Top Priority

Did you know it takes 12 positive experiences to make up for one unresolved negative experience? Or, that according to consumers, customer service representatives fail to answer their questions 50% of the time?

We take facts and figures like this seriously at Maintenance Connection.
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9 Tips to Master Warehouse Management Using a CMMS

An effective maintenance management system is critical for a warehouse to operate successfully. Without it, budgets soar, productivity levels plummet, and your bottom-line production levels tank.

In order to enable a truly comprehensive warehouse management plan, it will take all members of the team—working together to minimize asset downtime and maximize order fulfillment.

That’s where a CMMS can help.

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How to Use a CMMS to Create an Asset Downtime Report

Your company’s true operational foundation is its assets. Those include machines, equipment, technicians performing day-to-day tasks, and more. One of the most important functions across your facility is having those assets up and running as much as possible.

Keep assets operating smoothly by understanding what causes breakdowns and how often repairs are made. An asset downtime report puts this information at your fingertips.

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