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. On the other hand, a lot of people are wondering on what it really does. The answer lies on the features that it has.
Improving the maintenance effectiveness as well as efficiency can occur only when maintenance functions are monitored, scheduled and planned. With this being said, most of the CMMS solutions contain varieties of tools that assist in accomplishing this including 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.
For people who are not IT oriented, CMMS system could be run on your company’s computers or perhaps, 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. By the time when CMMS solution has been implemented with maintenance staff and management trained on using the program, work orders, work requests, it is when preventive maintenance, repairs and inspections can be assigned, scheduled and processed as well.
By using mobile devices, the results are then transmitted to CMMS. Results are stored and being used for providing various management reports so by that, the maintenance managers will be able to know where their assets are and the condition that they’re in.
By means of streamlining work management process, maintenance staff effectiveness and efficiency are increased. Assuming that it is implemented properly, it is expected to gain around 10 to 30 percent decrease in repair, operational and maintenance cost. The decrease in the cost using the aforementioned tools is because such solution enables 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.
So in short, CMMS solution is giving maintenance and facility managers better control for making maintenance management a well run and visible function in the organization.