Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) plays a vital role in the fabric of the cultural evolution and prolific operational success of best-practice maintenance organizations. A CMMS provides a central storage location for the majority of data and information for assets, is used by organizations to manage and control their work and material flows/parts usage processes, and for tracking maintenance activity across the lifecycle of an asset — as a single source of truth.
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Maintenance, facilities and operations departments can use a CMMS to take charge of assets, work orders, work requests, preventive maintenance tasks, inventory and parts, condition monitoring, and maintenance schedules. All maintenance activities and data can be monitored and analyzed through robust CMMS reporting and dashboard tools.
An intuitive CMMS interface makes managing maintenance easy and intuitive for team members at all levels and roles, from maintenance technicians to upper management. With a mobile CMMS solution, technicians can view and close out work orders from the field, making it very efficient to complete work on-the-go. The maintenance data is then transformed into reports that are meaningful to the organization.
By implementing a CMMS, organizations are empowered to:
Extend the life of assets
Meet compliance and safety standards
Increase visibility and transparency
Monitor and improve work completion rates
Automate many steps within key business processes
Reduce maintenance costs
Increase worker productivity
Promote a paperless environment
Make data-driven decisions
Define and achieve factors of success in performance
Reduce equipment downtime and improve asset availability
In conclusion, a CMMS records and tracks all organizational maintenance activities by deploying an environment of interrelated program modules designed to facilitate maintenance business processes and the optimal administration of resources such as labor, material, tools and information to achieve sustainable and dependable operational stability. Today’s asset-intensive organizations are making better use of leading-edge, user-friendly, scalable CMMS platforms now than ever before. By Gregory Perry, CRL, and Scott Rojas, CRL