While TPM isn’t physical maintenance, a well-run maintenance program is key for a TPM system. A Preventive or Predictive Maintenance program (PM and PdM, respectively) helps organizations reduce downtime and schedule repairs when they won’t impact production. Implementing a PM or PdM program will ease the strain of regulatory compliance audits and inspections.
Manage IATF compliance with software
Regulations do not exist within a vacuum. There are many programs that can help organizations track and maintain regulatory compliance. Computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) or enterprise asset management (EAM) systems are good places to start looking for software to help companies comply with IATF 16949. Leveraging software allows organizations to ensure that assets are properly repaired at a time that won’t negatively impact production. A CMMS or EAM can also provide workers with information about equipment, such as location, specs, diagrams or instructions, and more.
“The auditors listed our maintenance program and our eMaint CMMS software as ‘Best Practice’ in the industry!” said Robert McKenna, Technical Advisor at Dana Corporation. “They were so impressed they asked many questions about how we got started with the CMMS program. Both auditors were happy that eMaint CMMS is being utilized throughout other Dana facilities. They were also very impressed with out hyperlinks and data tracking that was implemented within this program.”
Read more about how Dana Corporation used their CMMS in this eMaint case study.
Both equipment operators and maintenance teams can access a CMMS/EAM. When an asset starts malfunctioning, an operator can submit a work order. Maintenance teams can then check equipment operating status (condition monitoring), ensure parts are on hand for needed repairs, and schedule work based on operational priority.
Furthermore, many CMMS/EAM systems offer cloud or online connectivity to ensure that employees have information when and where they need it.
eMaint CMMS helps organizations maintain IATF compliance
eMaint helps teams maintain compliance with an IATF 16949 program by organizing work, documenting procedures, tracking labor hours, generating reports, and more. All of this means that, come audit time, facilities can easily prove their IATF compliance. A CMMS should be able to:
- Track Asset History
CMMS solutions track current asset status and measurements, along with the current and historical work orders. Organizations have a verifiable digital paper trail of who completed work, what was done, when it was started and finished, and more.
- Automate Email Alerts
eMaint CMMS can auto-generate email alerts when information needs updating or if asset inspections are due. Notify technicians of new or urgent work by sending information to their inbox.
- Document Procedures
Organizations can associate procedures and protocols—such as Lock-out Tag-out, manuals and diagrams, or SOPs—to eMaint work orders or assets databases. Maintenance workers can see all the required information to get the job completed, all in one place.
- Generate Reports
CMMS software can also create custom reports, shown in dashboards or in printouts. Running reports allows you to prove maintenance efforts and completion, providing auditors with the information they require to certify compliance.
Prepare for the next audit or inspection by leveraging the power of a CMMS. Prove TPM compliance and begin the journey toward Predictive Maintenance with eMaint.