Want to get the most productivity and performance from your maintenance team and your assets? Mobile technology has transformed the way the world communicates and conducts business.
Let’s explore how mobile devices have changed the world of facility maintenance management.
CMMS and Your Mobile Device
Your mobile device improves your maintenance team accuracy and efficiency, while also significantly reducing the time it takes to complete/manage work orders.
Let’s learn more about the typical mobile device features.
Cameras are an indispensable tool for maintenance staff. You can use them to record or take pictures of the maintenance work you’re carrying out. You can then upload your pictures to your CMMS to document your job. Senior technicians and support staff can also access these pictures/videos to review work or make suggestions. Since the pictures and videos remain in the system, you can refer to them if you face a similar issue again. Smartphone/Tablet cameras are becoming more and more advanced; using the slow-motion video feature is a great way to check high-speed movement.
Most modern mobile devices are now equipped with voice recognition software. It’s a hands-free way to record work order details. This is especially useful for recording large amounts of data. You don’t need to key in your information with a keyboard. Simple dictation with the help of a voice recognition software will suffice.
Some CMMS systems are programmed to scan barcodes with the use of a mobile device. A technician can, therefore, scan a barcode or Quick Response code to quickly find the asset or work order in the CMMS system. CMMS users don’t have to waste time looking for the right item in the system.
Optimize Your CMMS with Mobile Technology
Mobile computing offers facility maintenance managers a proven solution for giving technicians in the field rapid access to equipment history and repair information:
Streamlined Work Order Management
Work orders are the backbone of most maintenance departments. As more maintenance technicians are out in the field, they need fast access to work order information and asset data from their CMMS.
Mobile handheld devices offer:
- Dispatch of work orders from managers to technicians in real time
- Search function for work orders by equipment
- Alerts/notifications of work order alarms and tasks while out in the field
- Ability to enter maintenance time and work performed on the spot
- Ability to close out of work orders immediately upon completion
- Option to enter a new work order based on equipment status
Using mobile technology significantly reduces the work assignment and closeout cycle for work orders. Benefits include time and cost savings, improved demand maintenance response time and increased facility occupant satisfaction. Administrative users also have real-time information on worker progress and productivity to keep labor costs in line.
Improved Asset Performance
Mobile handheld devices give maintenance technicians in the field invaluable asset data and history at their fingertips. Equipment readings, usage history, security checks and maintenance data can all be collected and entered into the CMMS database in real time.
Real-time data entry not only saves time but leads to more accurate and complete information. Waiting to enter paperwork back at their desk can mean critical asset data is lost or lacking. Being able to review, service and record asset maintenance out in the field can optimize asset performance and longevity.
Efficient Parts Inventory Management
Managing your maintenance parts inventory can be a huge headache-and potential cost drain. Handheld devices let you receive parts right on the dock and adding the Bar Code and RFID functions can provide even greater benefits. Entering parts used during an equipment repair in real time also ensures greater inventory accuracy. Managing reorder levels, cycle counts, and annual physical inventory is far more efficient with the benefit of mobile handheld devices.
Getting the most from a CMMS with Mobile Technology
Most organizations admit to using only a fraction of a CMMS’s capabilities. Adding mobile technology helps you get the most out of your labor force, assets, and CMMS system.
As a global provider of CMMS and EAM software, Eagle Technology offers complete solutions for organizations of all types and sizes—from diverse manufacturing to airports, healthcare campuses, government and non-profit organizations to hospitality and international multi-site corporations.
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