Managing a plant that has dozens, if not hundreds, of assets is complex and time consuming. Luckily, there are software solutions that can improve your efficiency, maximize your bottom line, and reduce downtime. Let’s talk about the benefits of CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) and how EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) software can make a difference.
Keep up on training
You train your workers on each of the machines they use. Some people pick up the work easily; others struggle. With computerized tracking, you can see who needs more experience and training to help keep things moving at speed.
Track upgrades and retrofits
By keeping a detailed log of each of the machines in your plant, you can easily manage machines that need upgrades, retrofits, or repairs. You can catch lags and hiccups before they become breakdowns.
Look for productivity drags
Does your plant slow down every day at 11? Is it due to environmental conditions? Shift change confusion? Bad scheduling of break times? With computerized tracking of workers and machines, you can more easily tell what’s causing less obvious slowdowns.
How many times does a worker need to wait for a tool because another worker is using it? With CMMS you can make sure that tasks are scheduled and assigned in such a way that workers don’t cross streams, and keep pace properly. You can also gain visibility into when it might be useful to purchase a second copy of a tool, and when you just need to better manage scheduling of the one you have.
In too many plants, the record of which machines break down in which conditions are entrusted to a single tech’s memory or complicated note system. By using a CMMS or EAM, that knowledge remains with the organization, so when that tech eventually leaves, their extensive and crucial knowledge doesn’t leave with them.
Better equipment maintenance
We all know that our cars drive better when we keep up with the maintenance that the manufacturer recommends. This is true for industrial equipment as well. But when an organization maintains dozens of assets, managing those maintenance schedules is difficult or impossible without software assistance. A CMMS will keep your organization on track and reduce repair costs over time.
Visibility through reporting
Do you need to know the efficiency of a particular machine? Which line is producing the most of a particular product? Which assets have had completed training in recent months, and which ones are due? Have maintenance schedules been completed on schedule?
One of the biggest benefits of CMMS is that it gives your organization increased insight into everything that’s happening within your organization. You can create automatic reports that you receive and review on a regular schedule, and pull reports as needed to get specific understanding of detailed concerns. Once you have this level of visibility within your organization, you’ll never understand how you went without it.
There’s an idea in some circles that when plants incorporate software and technological solutions, they lose the human element. In the past few years, however, we’ve seen that while some jobs are indeed best done by human hands and minds, others are best organized and managed with technology. When humans and technology interact successfully, maximum productivity can be achieved.
With a great CMMS, your organization can reduce downtime and increase profits while maintaining employee morale and improving environmental conditions. By investing in the appropriate solutions today, your business is set for a lifetime of increased success and competitiveness in a global marketplace.