CMMS is basically an abbreviation for Computerized Maintenance Management Software which refers to set of programs that are designed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of maintenance activities. But there are many people who ask on what it exactly 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 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. We can’t deny the fact that there are benefits and drawbacks for each method but generally, web based CMMS is offering 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.
Then after, the results are transmitted to CMMS by using mobile devices. 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.
As work management process is streamlined, the maintenance of staff effectiveness and efficiency as well are increased. Say for example that it is properly implemented, it is expected to gain approximately 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.
With proactive maintenance operation, it makes it 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.
Meaning to say, CMMS solution gives maintenance and facility managers a better control of their maintenance management.