Regular equipment maintenance is a must if you wish to get the most out of capital expenditures. Letting the computer do the thinking is the smartest and most efficient approach. Software solutions can reduce costs, increase quality and productivity, and improve the bottom line. Here are a few things to think about:
- There should be three major elements in any computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) solution: work management, physical assets management and resource management.
- Make sure the solution you choose has extensive management reporting capabilities that include detailed and summary reports, graphical reports, and easy to use report writing tools that do not require programming knowledge.
- To help a small business remain compliant with myriad regulations (i.e., OSHA), find a solution that supports the workflow process necessary to record, assign and account for both the work and the measures taken to correct and/or prevent maintenance-related problems.
Decide what you're really looking for
The best decision is an informed one. Discover what features are important to look for in software.
Try out product demos
Try out various product demos and freeware to see what's available before deciding which to buy — log onto any CMMS provider site and search for demos.
Gauge your return on investment
Understand your need and justify the cost of implementing a CMMS system.
- The right solution can examine systems in their current condition/configuration and establish best maintenance practices — thus increasing equipment reliability and lowering production costs, and improving employee and customer satisfaction.
- A computerized maintenance solution helps small businesses develop standard operating procedures for machines and offers a way to ensure all employees use the equipment correctly and optimally via system training.
- Your company can build the solution itself in-house if it has superior IT expertise, but the most cost-effective way is usually ready-made software.