In the world around us, software has become the great orchestrator of life. From healthcare to municipalities, there are devices, equipment and even people influenced by technology. With this new era comes new software and speciality applications for each area of society. More than ever, companies are faced with the task of choosing the right software to meet their specific needs.
What is a Maintenance Software?
Due to accelerated growth, compliance rules, preventive maintenance requirements and advancing production requests, a large majority of companies now have a great need for a maintenance management software. Implementing a preventive maintenance program and streamlining daily operations are vital to a company but choosing the right maintenance software can make all the difference to a company succeeding. So what is a maintenance management software? A maintenance management software is a software implemented to help create, track, manage and report on maintenance work performed on company assets and equipment. A good maintenance software will also track inventory, labor time, purchase orders and other detailed information needed for reporting purposes. Unfortunately, it is easy to get overwhelmed when looking for the right maintenance or facility management software.
In this article we will discuss the top two types of maintenance management software: CMMS and EAMS.
What is a CMMS?
So what is a CMMS? A CMMS is a computerized maintenance management software designed to automate, standardize and manage maintenance performed on equipment and assets. CMMS is one of the original acronyms for a maintenance management software. A CMMS is most known for its robust ability to manage work orders, labor and maintenance performed within a company. A CMMS is also centralized communication platform which allows for all maintenance information to be gathered, cultivated, stored and reviewed from any location on a 24/7 basis. Within the CMMS, a vendor may offer additional capabilities such as labor management, inventory tracking and PO capability.
What is an EAM Software?
What is an EAM software? An EAM software is an enterprise asset management software which allows multi-site and/or multifunctional companies to manage every part of their maintenance operations across departments, locations, facilities, and business functions. An EAM software moves beyond a CMMS to also incorporate detailed reporting, planning, asset lifecycles and calibration between entities. Maintenance Connection understands the need for asset lifecycle management. The ability to forecast the life expectancy of equipment facilitates future budget and maintenance needs. It also allows a company to plan for future equipment purchases and depreciation of existing assets.
In today’s times, there is now a global need for companies to manage operations across locations and on a 24 hour basis. The IoT is also allowing for more automation of processes, better asset management and monitoring. Because of this, an EAM functions alongside these features as a maintenance management hub for enterprise companies.
Does my company need a CMMS or an EAM?
This is a great question to ask. Considering that an EAM software contains many aspects of a CMMS, the greater question to ask is what are the needs of your company. A basic CMMS is great for smaller companies who are mainly interested in tracking work orders and maintenance along with some maintenance reporting. If a company is medium to large and/or has multiple locations, an enterprise asset management software is a better choice for maintenance management, maintenance reporting and planning, and aligning operations. An EAM software can also offer integrations and add-ons with current company software to streamline information and processes which a basic CMMS may not have.
Whether you choose a CMMS or an EAM software, the total productive maintenance, detailed reporting, cost savings and efficiency are well worth the investment. Like Maintenance Connection, some vendors are both an EAM and a CMMS. Hear helpful informational videos from EAM/CMMS customer success story videos such as the New York Times and L’Oreal. If you are in the process of deciding which maintenance management software provider to choose, we have created an informational book called 2018 State of CMMS Score on how maintenance professionals across all industries are using CMMS/EAM software to realize better cost savings, ROI and overall maintenance procedures. Download your copy of the report today.