There are few assets more important to the manufacturing industry than dependable equipment. When equipment fails, it leads to costly repairs and expensive downtime. But, the right equipment for the right preventive maintenance tasks can increase efficiency, accuracy, and bottom-line profits.
The right CMMS enables manufacturing companies to boost employee efficiencies and better predict equipment repairs. In turn, using a CMMS translates to less downtime—and more valuable, efficient production time.
Just ask leading manufacturers like the LED lightning corporation, Cree Inc. Recently, Cree announced a partnership with Cisco to form a technology that will someday make both homes and offices even smarter. As Cree spearheads the Internet of Things (IoT) market with smart LED technology, it uses a CMMS for top-notch business results.
Check out the quick Cree spotlight video below, then read on for three ways the manufacturing industry benefits from CMMS.
1. Provide technicians with an on-the-go solution.
You know this all-too-common scenario: you receive a paper-based work order and track down a technician to fulfill the request. Then, you worry that the instructions may be misinterpreted or outdated, reducing efficiencies and increasing downtime. Plus, there’s always the thought that someone misplaces that work order, and it’s never filled (or accurately reported).
With a proper CMMS in place, this headache is no longer an issue. A CMMS keeps techs on track no matter where they are, without relying on a stack of paper requests. On top of that, it gives managers to access to real-time information for each project, so you can best prioritize which work order comes next, and who has the capacity to fulfill the job. Adding mobile CMMS abilities can increase productivity even more.
2. Track costs to stay on budget.
According to Aveta Business Institute, increased productivity means resources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible. Thus, the more the more efficient your output is, the higher the profits and lower production costs.
Anyone in the manufacturing field knows the pressures of improving productivity with shrinking budgets for both inventory and repairs. But, it’s hard to keep budgets in check when you’re relying on manual processes like paper work orders and inputting costs into a spreadsheet.
A CMMS helps those in the field and those making management decision gain a clear view of the status on repair projects, how long downtime will be, and what inventory or tool is needed for repairs (or to reduce unexpected costs). With this insight, organizations can make data-driven decisions based on past reports, current inventory levels, and historical downtime logs.
3. Implement preventive maintenance schedules.
Poorly managed maintenance schedules can account for 40% of operational budget. To reduce this, firms can rely on the preventive, rather than reactive, maintenance schedules.
A preventive maintenance schedule is great in theory, as it helps predict upcoming repairs, helps prioritize the hierarchy of work orders and prevents downtime. Yet, preventive maintenance can be difficult for manufacturers to successfully implement without the help of some automation.
A CMMS helps those in the manufacturing field keep a clean, organized schedule that automatically sends repair notifications and assignments or even estimated materials needed. Maintenance managers can run preventive maintenance schedules on manufacturing equipment, like:
- Material loaders
- Automation systems
- Heavy machinery
Take your maintenance to the next level with smooth, automated process –– without the hassle of paperwork and data entry. Implement best-in-class CMMS to gain insight into status, keep budgets in check, and minimize production downtime.
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