Work orders are an authorization of maintenance, repair or operations work to be completed. Work orders can be manually generated through a work request submitted by a staff member, client, tenant, or automatically generated through a work order management software or Preventive Maintenance (PM) schedule. Work Orders can also be generated via follow ups to Inspections or Audits.
What is a Work Order?2021-02-17T12:38:54-05:00
What is the purpose of generating a work order?
Offer an explanation of the problem, repair or installation
Schedule resources and tools needed for maintenance
Provide technicians with detailed instructions on the work to be performed
Document the labor, materials and resources used to complete the work
Track all maintenance and repair work that has been performed on each asset
What are work orders comprised of?
Who is requesting the work
Who is authorizing the work
Who will perform the labor
What the task at hand is
When the work needs to be completed by
Where the work needs to be performed
How to complete the tasks, with necessary parts listed
Manually created work orders have been prevalent in the maintenance world since the first maintenance teams were established. Though paper-based work orders seem to be easier to create in the moment, they do not perform well as a long term/large scale solution. This method also includes unforeseen challenges, such as delays in communication, extra costs (in both time and money) for data entry personnel and more. In today’s fast-paced maintenance world, as organizations grow and their reach expands, managing paper-based work orders can become all together inefficient and environmentally unfriendly.
Work orders are the heart of a maintenance program, and utilizing the work order software tools within a CMMS helps organizations stay up-to-date on labor, projects and resources in the current queue. The work order management tools enable an organization to take control of work backlog and upcoming work, make constant improvements, boost labor productivity and remain compliant. There are three main players in the work order management process:
Work Orders Request Management
Work cannot always be planned ahead of time. For corrective work or customer appeals, work order requests are submitted. Maintenance managers can tailor workflow processes for request submission, approval, rejection, and completion to the specific needs of their organization. Identifying a workflow process ensures:
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are adhered to by all users
Work goes through an approval process
Areas of responsibility and expectations are clear for users
Periodic process auditing is performed
Valid data is being entered into a CMMS
Efficient communication flow
With eMaint, organizations have the option to choose between three work order request submission options:
Work requestors are given an eMaint user login that allows them to submit requests and view the history and statistics 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 a company’s web page or intranet)
With the work request tools in a CMMS, the human error associated with phone or face-to-face requests is no longer an issue. Organizations can send requestors automated email alerts when a work request is approved or rejected, and then an automated email alert with a satisfaction survey once work has been completed.
With modern mobile CMMS solutions, requestors can submit work requests anytime, anywhere from their mobile device, including pictures of equipment needing repair.
Work Order Software
With the technological advancements of today, comprehensive CMMS software makes it easy to work the way you want to work with tools that enable organizations to increase on-time work completion, improve workflow efficiency, keep track of project due dates and more.
Work Order Assignment – Using features such as eMaint’s maintenance scheduling tools, maintenance planners and schedulers can directly assign work orders to staff, contractors or vendors on a specific day, time or location. Assigned and unassigned work orders can also be viewed on a calendar display, and work can easily be reassigned when necessary.
Scheduling Calendar – View a calendar by day, week or month with all labor resources and open work orders, or adjust calendar views and filter work by employee, work order type (such as Preventive Maintenance Schedules) or whatever information is most critical to your organization. Organizations can also utilize the PM Projection feature to plan upcoming work and ensure parts, labor and tools are available.
Reports & Dashboards – Leverage Reports & Dashboards to stay in-the-know of work orders categorized by type, technician, department, and any other user-definable field.
Mobile Maintenance – Using mobile CMMS maintenance services such as eMaint’s MX Mobile, you can access real-time data and perform functions throughout your facility and on the road, including submitting and approving work requests, signing and closing out work orders and more.
Major overhaul and renovation projects can be a headache, but the management process doesn’t need to be. With eMaint’s project management tools, organizations can easily create projects and assign and track work orders from project inception to completion.
With Gantt Charts, users can view all work orders within a single project based on dates to help create a visual understanding of work competition rates compared to the project end date.
Benefits of Work Order Management Software
Organizations across all industries have experienced impressive benefits by utilizing the work order management tools within eMaint CMMS solution.
Martinrea Metallics: Standardization across plants and 95%+ on-time completion rates using eMaint CMMS software
Manufacturers in the automotive industry experience some of the costliest equipment downtime of any industry. In a survey of 101 manufacturing executives ─ from part suppliers to engine makers to automakers ─ the majority of respondents stated that downtime costs their company an average of $22,000 per minute.
Martinrea Metallics, a Tier One automotive parts manufacturer, supplies parts to BMW, Nissan, Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, and General Motors. Martinrea wanted CMMS software that would enable it to standardize maintenance at its 12 North American plants. The company chose the eMaint CMMS because of its proven ability to support multi-plant operations and world-class maintenance goals.
Standardize asset maintenance management and operations at 12 North American plants
Automatically prioritize PMs not completed within allotted times to increase on-time completion rates
Display accurate reports and critical metrics to executives and auditors in seconds
Accelerate access to important documents such as schematics and OEM manuals using document storage feature
The Dana Holding Corporation is a worldwide supplier of powertrain components such as service parts, axles, transmissions, driveshafts and much more. After realizing their CMMS software system was outdated, Dana Corp. chose to implement eMaint in 2014. Within a four month period, the company seamlessly imported their assets, configured the system to suit their needs, and trained over 250 end users.
Increased Visibility Of All Maintenance Activities
Migrated Successfully From Legacy System
Justified Resource Costs By Generating MTBF & MTTR reports
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that manufactures and sells nutrition, weight management, and skin-care products. With a large number of assets initially coming online in a new facility, Herbalife wanted an easy-to-use CMMS solution that could help manage maintenance efforts for both manufacturing and facility upkeep. eMaint exceeded the company’s requirements, and was implemented in two short weeks. The software provided Herbalife with a breadth of new benefits.
Increased Visibility of Data For Spotting Improvement Opportunities
Improved Audit Scrutiny By Organizing Asset & PM Inspections
Achieved Rapid Implementation With Help from eMaint Services