CMMS Evolution

This CMMS Maintenance Management Conference information discusses the design, implementation, and benefits of CMMS and Preventive Maintenance Software in outline format. Click here for additional information about these subjects.

Inventory comes with time, but it is one of the most important aspects of a CMMS system.

  • The inventory is normally a secondary consideration for installing a CMMS system.
  • Inventory is a very important part of any maintenance operation.
  • When scheduling or trying to solve a breakdown a quick location of your parts is essential.
  • When parts are not in stock there is an increase in machine downtime and worker inefficiency.
  • If too many parts are in stock, the cost of your inventory goes up.
  • The CMMS system can help control your inventory.
  • In time, the history that is developed will act as a parts catalog for your equipment.

Evolution of Your System:

  • The CMMS system is only one part of your overall maintenance operation.
  • For the system to function correctly it must be continuously updated.
  • The system is only as good as the data that you put in it.
  • The system must keep up with any changes made in your plant and with any new information you have about your equipment.
  • Continuous cycle of improving database

*Breakdown analysis and preventive maintenance modifications are essential to a good operating system.

The Failure Report:

The failure report is one very important tool to constantly update the CMMS system. When the system was setup, the best information available at the time was used. As equipment is operated and repaired, more is learned about it. The failure report is used for analysis and as a means to keep the database current.

*Most preventive maintenance changes are performed as a result of this analysis.

A typical example of how a modification to a CMMS system would occur using the failure report.

  • A failure occurs
  • Repair is made, temporarily or permanently
  • Failure report is filled out
  • Report is analyzed by supervisor or foreman
  • Follow-up, if required is determined
  • Are changes required to the preventive maintenance task?
  • Is training for personnel required?  Was the preventive maintenance task done correctly? Or is a redesigning of the equipment required?
  • Any follow-up work orders are input and the job is scheduled.

Your Main Objective:

It is important to remember your original objective for installing the CMMS:

  • Increase your plant efficiency
  • Reduce your costs

You will accomplish this by:

  • Involving your staff that will ultimately use and maintain your system.
  • Keeping it simple.