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While this type of
system offers substantial
benefits in terms of accuracy,
efficiency, and productivity,
is it the most cost-effective
solution for your plant?
THESE DAYS, MANY facilities have
embraced the power and convenience
of a mobile CMMS (computerized
maintenance management software)
system. According to MAPCON's
Joel Tesdall, however, before investing
the time and resources that are
required to get a mobile CMMS up
and running, plant personnel need
to consider whether this technology
and functionality is really the best fit
for their needs. Determining if it is or
isn't depends on responses from the
site's CMMS users to the following
Joel Tesdall is president and
CEO of MAPCON Technologies Inc., a leading CMMS
provider, based in Johnston, IA. For
more information about maintenancemanagement systems, email jtesdall@
mapcon.com, or visit mapcon.com.
The portability factor
is one of the biggest
advantages of a mobile
or tablets into a plant,
can access crucial
maintenance information on the spot, rather
than having to go to a
PC and look it up.
Do plant personnel need to browse inventory, work orders,
or assets while on the floor?
One of the biggest advantages of a mobile CMMS is its portability. Workers can easily
carry smartphones or tablets out into a plant and quickly access crucial maintenance
information rather than return to a PC and look it up. If CMMS portability isn't important
to your business, a mobile version may not be necessary.
Is fast emergency-response capability important?
Work orders can be created and closed within a mobile CMMS, which can be very helpful
when a critical machine goes down. A technician will be able to see the work request on
their mobile device and get working on it immediately, thus reducing overall machine
Do users frequently view reports in your CMMS?
With a mobile app, the reports that you view regularly in your CMMS will be available on
smartphones or tablets.
Do personnel add attachments to work orders?
When it comes to attachments, a mobile CMMS can be invaluable. If, for example, a
machine breaks down, workers can look in their CMMS for the manual to see if and how
the machine can be repaired. Pictures can also easily be attached to work requests and
equipment, to help prevent mistakes.
Does your facility use barcoding?
Another place where a mobile CMMS proves its worth is when paired with barcoding. All
barcode scanning can be done using a smartphone or tablet, instead of a barcode scanner.
Using the mobile CMMS along with barcoding can make inventory management a lot
easier and more convenient.
Do you contact vendors to place orders?
In the vendor screen of a mobile CMMS, users are able to click on the vendor's phone
number and connect with the supplier while still on the floor. This helps eliminate errors
because personnel can begin the procurement process while standing right in front of the
machine for which parts are needed, rather than trying to make accurate notes on what
items are required and trekking to a PC to place the order.
If CMMS users can answer yes to one or more of these questions, a mobile system may,
indeed, make sense for their operations. MT
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology January 2016
On The Floor
Keeping Old Machines Running Like New
Operational Excellence Is A Competitive Necessity
Sell Reliability to Management
Several Hands Responsible For This Oil Debacle
Infrared Detects Leaks
Mobile CMMS Benefits
Gear Pitting Issues
Manage Energy Processes
Maintenance Technology January 2016