In this unpredictable world, it pays to play it safe. This involves a lot of things as a business manager. You have to think about disaster preparation, having a plan in place for the “what ifs” in your business, and a disaster plan in place in case the worst happens. No one likes to think about it, but sometimes it does.

Part of this plan should include background asset management. This involves more than disaster planning. It has to do with the daily operations of your business in the manufacturing stages. It involves checking your equipment to make sure it is in proper working order at all times. Why do this? Because poor equipment leads to downtime, as well as safety issues, higher energy costs, and loss of respect from your vendors and businesses that you deal with on a regular basis.

If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway

Much of this background asset management planning has to do with fixing things “before they break.” Many business managers prefer to wait until something is broken to fix it. But proper asset management involves having a plan in place, as well as a system that will kick in when the unforeseeable happens. Part of the mark of a good business manager is the ability to put systems into
place that will avoid down time and disasters–before they happen.

Tools of the Trade

If you’re in manufacturing, you probably already have all of the tools of the trade that you need to be ready for any event. The challenge today is to keep ahead of the game regarding systems
management so that you don’t get caught with break downs due to faulty equipment and repeated repairs.

Enter CMMS

What is CMMS? It stands for Computerized Maintenance Management System. It is an essential tool for managing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on equipment and capital assets that are
necessary for successfully running a business. A good CMMS system allows you to track any information you need to in order to be on top of maintenance costs and activities, corrective
maintenance, fm facility maintenance, and preventive maintenance. Much of the corrective maintenance can be avoided if the preventive maintenance happens in time to catch the problems.

Reliability-Centered Maintenance

Focusing on reliability-centered maintenance is one of the best ways CMMS software systems can help you. By focusing on keeping the whole manufacturing process reliable, you cut out the needed corrective steps that have to be taken later.

Advantages of CMMS

Some of the advantages of CMMS software systems include:

  1. Provides a scheduling facility for managing planned preventive maintenance on your capital assets.
  2. Helps you track important information related to the planning of maintenance, cleaning, or inspections, which keep operating systems operating at peak efficiency.
  3. Increased profitability through more efficient use of resources, reduced operating costs, and decreased down time.
  4. More efficient, and more organized operations of manufacturing facilities due to regular maintenance checks.
  5. More credibility with vendors, customers, and other businesses due to less down time and operational costs.


In essence, CMMS does more than “fix things” that need fixing. It prevents things from breaking in the first place, and keeps things running in the most efficient manner possible all the time, thereby increasing profits and decreasing losses. Corrective maintenance needs are minimized and reliability-centered maintenance takes its place. This results in better disaster preparedness as well, due to the reduced need for repairs in the long term. CMMS software is the ideal solution for manufacturer-based maintenance that puts you on top of your system, so that you don’t have to
worry about what might happen tomorrow.