CMMS Resources

Guide to Proactive Maintenance: What is it & How to Get Started

What is Proactive Maintenance?Proactive maintenance is a preventive maintenance strategy that works to correct the root causes of failure and avoid breakdowns caused by underlying equipment conditions. The purpose of proactive maintenance is to see machine failures as something that can be anticipated and eliminated before they ever develop.Creating a proactive maintenance program helps organizations find hidden inefficiencies and “see the unseen.”The proactive maintenance approach makes it possible to perform maintenance only when necessary based on maintenance data. More systematic elements of a maintenance program are addressed rather than machines themselves when organizations implement proactive maintenance. This program is key [...]

2018-05-21T18:31:27+00:00May 31, 2017|Best Practices, CMMS Resources|

What is Predictive Maintenance & How to Get Started

What is Predictive Maintenance (PdM)?Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is maintenance that directly monitors the condition and performance of equipment during normal operation to reduce the likelihood of failures. Predictive maintenance attempts to keep costs low by reducing the frequency of maintenance tasks, reducing unplanned breakdowns, and eliminating unnecessary preventive maintenance.With PdM, organizations consistently monitor and test conditions such as lubrication and corrosion. Methods for accomplishing PdM include infrared testing, acoustic (partial discharge and airborne ultrasonic), vibration analysis, sound level measurements and oil analysis. Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) can also facilitate success with condition monitoring.For example, eMaint CMMS empowers companies to define boundaries [...]

2018-05-22T16:19:05+00:00March 15, 2017|Best Practices, CMMS Resources|

Reliability Centered Maintenance

What is Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)?Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a process used to determine what must be done to ensure that physical assets continue to do what its users want in its present operating context. Ultimately, by performing RCM, organizations are looking to develop unique maintenance schedules for each critical asset within a facility or organization.There are four basic principles of an RCM program, stated in different ways by organizations all over the world. A program is RCM if it:1) Is scoped and structured to preserve system function2) Identifies failure modes, which are the ways in which something might [...]

2018-05-21T18:21:16+00:00November 10, 2016|CMMS Resources|

What Factors Impact MRO Inventory?

Businesses spend roughly $110 billion on maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) materials per year, according to a study conducted by Grainger. Of that $110 billion, approximately $12 billion are for parts that go unused. Additionally, Grainger notes that over 50% of U.S. businesses are not efficiently managing their MRO inventory. Read on to learn how to be a part of the 50% of businesses who efficiently take control of their MRO Inventory.What is MRO Inventory?Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) inventory include the supplies used to maintain facilities, plants, manufacturing lines, etc.The three components of high inventory costs are the physical parts [...]

2018-05-21T17:39:28+00:00July 27, 2016|CMMS Resources|

What is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)?

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is one of the most important metrics to help organizations analyze and optimize equipment usage. OEE evaluates how available equipment is, how it performs and what kind of quality it produces. The metric offers an important, high level overview of equipment efficiency.Why measure OEE?OEE measurement is a common key performance indicator (KPI) for organizations across all industries. With lean manufacturing initiatives, benchmarking OEE can provide insight into maintenance successes, or help identify areas in need of improvement.When you understand how effective your equipment is under the availability, performance and quality realms, it is easier to identify [...]

2018-05-21T17:32:10+00:00July 6, 2016|CMMS Resources|

How are Preventive & Predictive Maintenance Different?

Predictive vs. Preventive MaintenanceThough both methodologies work to extend the life of assets, prevent unexpected breakdowns and save organizations money, Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Predictive Maintenance (PdM) are very different approaches. The key to the most effective asset management is understanding the difference between preventive and predictive maintenance, and learning to employ the right balance of each within your maintenance strategy.Preventive MaintenancePreventive Maintenance is performed while the equipment is under normal operation to avoid unexpected breakdowns and the associated downtime and costs. During the specified date and time, equipment is shut down and PM tasks on that piece of equipment are performed. Maintenance [...]

2018-05-21T16:46:21+00:00May 20, 2016|CMMS Resources|

What is Preventive Maintenance & How to Get Started

What is Preventative Maintenance (PM)?Preventive (sometimes called preventative) maintenance is regularly performed maintenance on a piece of equipment to reduce the likelihood of failure. Preventive maintenance ensures that anything of value to your organization receives consistent maintenance to avoid unexpected breakdowns and costly disruptions.In the same way you would not wait until your car’s engine fails to get the oil changed, machines, equipment, buildings and anything of value to your organization need consistent maintenance to avoid breakdowns and costly disruptions.This work is called Planned or Preventive Maintenance (PM). Preventive Maintenance is performed while the equipment is operating normally to avoid the [...]

2018-05-21T16:38:29+00:00May 12, 2016|CMMS Resources|

How to Justify the Cost of CMMS

There is no doubt that implementing a CMMS solution is an investment. But by producing cold, hard proof of a favorable Return on Investment (ROI) for your organization, justifying the cost is a breeze. Here are just some of the ways that implementing a CMMS solution will help you save time and money: Reduce data entry through real-time mobile maintenance Maximize labor resources through better planning and scheduling Reduce time spent assembling reports and KPIs More effectively coordinate part and equipment availability Reduce expedited shipping costs through better coordination of part availability Reduce cost of lost production Reduce the amount of [...]

2015-08-20T00:41:54+00:00August 20, 2015|CMMS Resources|