The maintenance world is changing. Technicians no longer have to be tied to their desks — they can now work better and faster using mobile devices in the field.
With the use of a mobile CMMS, like eMaint MX Mobile, technicians have the ability to manage maintenance on-the-go, reducing paperwork and freeing them from their desktop computers.
Software Advice, a company that evaluates web-based CMMS software, surveyed 170 mobile CMMS users to learn about the benefits and disadvantages they experience when using a mobile CMMS, and explored the most important functions of these systems. Here's what they learned:
Device Used to Access Mobile CMMS
44% of mobile users prefer to work on tablets, while only 35% prefer mobile phones. Some factors that make tablets the prefered mobile device include the small size of smartphones, and the limited data available on smart phones.
Top Mobile CMMS Requirements
40% of mobile users stated that the most important requirement in a mobile CMMS is the ability to access real-time data on all devices. This makes it easy for technicians in the field to enter data which will immediately be reflected on the system at the company headquarters. Additionally, 32% of users require an easy-to-use interface, and 28% require full CMMS functionality.
Impact of Using Mobile CMMS on Efficiency
43% of mobile users report experiencing a significant increase in efficiency from using a mobile CMMS. Younger users (25-44 years) reported the largest efficiency increases, while those in older age groups (45 to 65-plus years) reported little or no increase. 65% of tablet users report a significant increase in efficiency, while the majority (41%) of smartphone users reported only a moderate increase in efficiency.
Top Mobile CMMS Benefits
42% of mobile users indicate that the top benefit of using a mobile CMMS is improved work order tracking, followed by 21% who indicate it helps them make more informed decisions, 20% who indicate it increases productivity, and 17% who indicate that it decreases asset downtime. The most common CMMS functions performed on mobile devices include inventory tracking (25%), preventive maintenance (24%), asset tracking (19%), predictive maintenance (17%) and work order management (15%).
Top Mobile CMMS Functions
The most common CMMS functions performed on mobile devices include inventory tracking (25%), preventive maintenance (24%), asset tracking (19%), predictive maintenance (17%) and work order management (15%).
Looking for a mobile maintenance management solution? eMaint's mobile CMMS application, eMaint MX Mobile, provides users with the power of their CMMS in the palm of their hand. Designed to run on smartphones, tablets, or any browser-based device, eMaint MX Mobile provides the ability to access real-time data, submit work requests, close out work orders, issue parts, and many other CMMS functions that could previously only be done on a desktop computer. Please click here to learn more about eMaint MX Mobile.