In October, demand for manufactured goods rose for the fourth consecutive month. New orders are now totalling $469.4 billion, which is up $12.5 billion from September. Durable goods orders increased by 4.6% to $238.8 billion.
While this is great news for capital and activity in factories, it means that it is more important than ever for manufacturers to meet production demands, increase productivity, and boost the bottom line. These expectations can be nearly impossible to meet without an effective Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). The tools within a CMMS can improve equipment reliability, work completion rates, parts availability and much more.
Improve Asset & Equipment Reliability
Preventive Maintenance scheduling can help extend the life of assets. By generating calendar and/or meter based PM tasks for each asset, organizations can move away from reactive or a “fire fighting” maintenance mode. Within PM task records, you can include detailed descriptions containing task procedures, guidelines, and any other important information.
Condition Monitoring tools within eMaint CMMS take it a step further by working to avoid unplanned breakdowns and shutdowns by scheduling work as needed based on condition monitoring data. This data is driven by integrating with equipment monitoring devices to help drive maintenance schedules and empowers organizations to import readings based on equipment condition. From there, the system can graph the results and automatically trigger an email or generate a work order when acceptable boundaries are exceeded.
Boost Work Completion Rates
With a CMMS, organization can better manage influxes of work orders and requests from any browser-based device. With work order scheduling software from CMMS providers like eMaint, managers can assign work orders to the appropriate technician quickly, and sign off on the work order with a digital signature. As operations increase within a plant or worldwide, stay on top of work progress with reports, dashboards or list-views of open work orders by type, technician, or department.
With eMaint’s work requestor, organizations can establish workflow processes for submitting, approving, rejecting and completing work requests that are tailored to your organization’s needs. For example, eMaint offers three scalable options for requestors:
- Work requestors are given an eMaint login that allows them to submit requests and view the history of their requests
- Work requestors send an email to a designated email address that gets converted into an eMaint work request
- Work requestors submit requests to eMaint through a customized web form that is embedded on your company’s intranet.
Manufacturing Customer Success Story
Since 1952, Spokane Industries (SI) has been providing casting and industrial fabrication solutions to clients around the world. Before implementing eMaint CMMS, it was difficult to prioritize work, employees or assets, and most of the day was spent putting out maintenance fires. There were constant pages for maintenance over the intercom system with little to no communication of what other employees were working on.
With eMaint, production supervisors can enter and access information on open work, parts availability and submit all non-emergency requests. Work is prioritized using automated Ranking Index for Maintenance Expenditures (RIME) rankings, based on the urgency of the request and the criticality of the asset.
The company has also experienced a 99.8% uptime rate due to improved planning and inter-departmental communications. Improved planning resulted in higher PM completion rates with a 50% reduction in staff. With CMMS, even as orders and demand for goods increased and staff decreased, the company was able to improve labor productivity.