Efficient Plant February 2018 - 10
feature | industry views
Gary L. Parr
Experts say focus on stakeholder buy-in and strong data management
to get the most out of your software investment.
AT THE HEART of just about any reliability-based maintenance program is regular and widespread use of CMMS (computerized maintenance management software) and/or EAM
(enterprise asset management) systems. Organizations that
leverage these systems find it easier to be proactive at scheduling maintenance tasks, tracking work orders and logging
results and feedback to apply to future situations, managing
backlogs, communicating with management, and staying on
top of spare parts and consumables and the potential runaway
costs they can generate.
Safety, though, is probably the most important benefit of
effective CMMS/EAM usage. Better planning, organization,
and scheduling allows workers to approach tasks in a calm,
organized manner, fully equipped to do the job properly. In
other words, there are fewer, if any, rushed, pressure-filled
situations that can lead to workplace mistakes and accidents.
CMMS/EAM systems really shine in operations that have
moved to a reliability-based culture that is driven by predictive/prescriptive asset management. Lifecycle management,
analytics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data, and compliance are just some of the factors that are effectively handled.
To help you maximize your CMMS/EAM use, we asked
industry experts two questions this month:
What is your top tip for CMMS or EAM implementation?
What is the one benefit everyone should be getting out of their
CMMS or EAM software?
Whether you're at the entry-level end of the spectrum or
your CMMS/EAM system is part of the fabric of your operation, it never hurts to take a moment to assess if you're truly
benefiting from your investment.