Many ordinary people think that being a maintenance technician is limited only to repairing and solving problems as they arise. But, a maintenance department is much more complex than it seems, or it can be complicated to determine what one needs or is able to accomplish.
And here comes what we all know. Information is power, each piece of equipment, machine, or line, has a series of components that require maintenance that can be corrective, preventive, or ultimately predictive, and all this must be documented, for later analysis. This invaluable information can be gathered in a CMMS software.
There are for all tastes, from a simple equipment enumeration table to the useful life left for a certain piece, there are also those that you create yourself depending on your needs.
A CMMS is vital for any self-respecting company. Some companies have an exclusive department to manage maintenance with a CMMS. Given its complexity and versatility, the engineers leverage a CMMS so that their maintenance is as efficient as possible. It is such a large amount of data that even small companies should have adequate software according to their needs. As the company grows, the demand for a more efficient maintenance department grows because many entrepreneurs see this department as a well without bottom in terms of expenses. With a CMMS, these expenses can be justified.
It has always been said “a short pencil is better than a long memory”, and it is true, you cannot remember all the data that is generated in maintenance or during a breakdown. Data must be collected from all the anomalies, modifications, and actions that are carried out, and depending on how powerful the software is, in the long run, you will be able to do more exhaustive analyses.
A CMMS is a platform whose objective is to optimize the control and maintenance management of your assets, increase their useful life and increase the profitability of your company. Thanks to a CMMS you can link the assets and infrastructure associated with your company’s work, to focus on those in which you seek to implement a better maintenance strategy. And in combination with manuals like the Atlas Copco Cobra TT Manual Jackhammer, the transformation to that platform will be even easier.
What is a CMMS for and why is it necessary for your maintenance plan?
This may be the norm in your company: the shelves are full of papers and folders, work orders are lost, you have no control over the guarantees of your equipment and clients, and you do not know what the pending tasks are or how technicians spend their time. There is no control over the inventory of spare parts and tools. Operations managers do not know what the most frequent failures are and how to avoid them. The useful life of the assets is unknown. You are not the only one with these problems!
According to Gartner, 90% of companies do not have an appropriate solution for managing the maintenance of their physical assets, an even higher number in small and medium-sized companies. Generally, SMEs are very little technical in their maintenance management. At best, spreadsheets or even manual pen and paper records are used, clearly preventing them from properly caring for the health of their assets.
This is in part because traditional maintenance management software requires complex installations that are difficult to use and implement, and are extremely expensive. This scenario has changed radically in recent years, where the evolution driven by the appearance of various software startups has made this type of technology much more accessible to SMEs. This evolution has been characterized by the digitization and popularization of the software fully hosted in the cloud, allowing customers to offer software models as a service or SaaS, without buying a license.
A CMMS software not only helps to configure a maintenance plan that allows work orders to be automatically generated and assigned to those responsible, but it is also the brain that allows global control of the area: registration and control of equipment, locations, suppliers and contractors, spare parts and tool warehouse management, task and request management, warranty management, condition monitoring, among other aspects, finally delivering intelligence with management indicators for correct decision making.
A maintenance program replaces manual control and drastically reduces the margin of error since it provides intelligence to the organization, helping to generate accurate statistical indexes that allow both good management of physical assets and decision-making based on real and objective evidence.