Basically, CMMS stands for Computerized Maintenance Management Software to which it’s a set of programs designed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of maintenance activities. But numerous people are asking on what it exactly does. As a matter of fact, the answer lies on the features that it has.
It is only feasible to improve maintenance effectiveness and efficiency as well when maintenance functions are monitored, scheduled and planned. With this in mind, a big number of CMMS solutions has different tools that help in completing this which include the work dashboard to understand schedule and workload, automated work requests, collection of equipment and asset detail similar to serial number, location, description, cost and install date, inspection checklist organizer as well as generator, ability to schedule rounds on periodic, monthly, weekly or even daily basis, computerized generation, tracking and scheduling of all management like work orders, repairs and preventive maintenance as well as the use of mobile handheld devices in removing paperwork and increasing mobility.
As for those who are not IT oriented, CMMS system can be used directly on the computers used by the company or hosted or web based. Of course, each method has its merits and demerits but generally speaking, web based CMMS offers lower TCO or Total Cost of Ownership. The moment when CMMS solution has been integrated with maintenance staff and management trained on using the program, work orders, work requests, it is the time when preventive inspections, repairs and maintenance can be assigned, scheduled and processed.
The results are then transmitted to CMMS by using mobile devices. All results are stored and used for providing management reports in order for the maintenance managers to know where the assets are and the condition that they are currently in.
As work management process is streamlined, the maintenance of staff effectiveness and efficiency as well are increased. It’s expected to gain around 10 to 30 percent decrease in repair, operational and maintenance cost assuming that it’s implemented properly. The reduction in cost with the use of the aforementioned tools become possible as such solution lets the maintenance management, organizes work management and eliminates paperwork which become proactive.
It has therefore become possible for maintenance and facilities managers to lower their labor costs by means of having less untimely emergency repairs, lower energy bills, increase the useful lifecycle of assets via better preventive maintenance, lowers the capital expenditures since assets need major repairs or replacement less frequently with proactive maintenance operation.
In a nutshell, CMMS solution gives maintenance as well as facility managers better grasp for making maintenance management a well run and visible function in the organization.