Maintenance Management has come under increased examination as businesses are finding it hard to cope with the tough economic conditions prevailing for improved cost and operational efficiency. To meet planned and ad-hoc maintenance demands, the various aspects of maintenance requires the use of resources such as the Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
Modern CMMS softwares were originally made for being used as a help desk and a planned maintenance tool. It has indeed come a long way and today not only do they cover basic functions but also support other services such as :
Condition Based Maintenance
Service Level Agreements
Risk Management/ Occupational Health and Safety
Stock/ Materials Control
Space and Sustainability Management
For most of the organisations out there, the CMMS software is materialized to both develop the levels of customer service and increase the availability of management information and also to deliver prudent financial controls. By using this great system with comprehensive planning capabilities and reporting, it becomes fairly easy to formulate future maintenance strategies which results in increased productivity, profitability and efficiency.
For a particular company, who are seeking to invest or update existing CMMS software, when their budget is limited, it is important to cost justify any investment by identifying how the whole new system will be producing cost savings, so that the project is self-financing.
Comparing with paper based systems that restricts the fast production of performance information, CMMS software provides commanding reporting capabilities and extensive workflows that produce management reporting information right at the click of a button. The rapid changes in the modern tech world did have had a positive impact on the growth of the CMMS technology resulting in mobile, tablet PC and web based solutions, which offers the opportunity for fast and efficient data collection.
This has also increased the productivity of the firm and also enabling the real time management of remote staff and contractors. This positive development has changed the way maintenance regimes can be managed by condensing the time required to complete tasks, such as surveys, on-site inspections etc.
Each organisation is different, so the first step for any business in reviewing CMMS software is to consider the benefits offered and align these to requirements within the business. A financial case should be produced in order to determine whether the CMMS software investment is justified.
A closely managed utilization and well structured plan will certify that the Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) continues to help in building a strong maintenance strategy for upcoming years and of course CMMS will help firms in saving both their cost and time and most importantly, operational output.