Manufacturing maintenance occupies a major part of every plant and facility manager's daily routine. The more complex their on site manufacturing equipment is, the more complex the nature of maintenance becomes.
Many plant managers rely on computer maintenance management systems (CMMS) to reduce the potential for downtime in crucial production areas of their daily maintenance procedures.
Proper Maintenance to Avoid Production Downtime
Down time is usually due to improperly maintained facility equipment. For example, in a chemical manufacturing plant, industrial mixers and blenders are part of the regular production processing. Should an improperly maintained stator become clogged with processing material, this causes the rotational blades to slow the shear process. When maintenance is neglected on this type of equipment, the end result is usually costly repair and eventually production downtime. With a CMMS system in place, this problem would be avoided.
Timely, Cost-Effective CMMS for Optimal Manufacturing Maintenance
Before the advent of CMMS, manufacturing maintenance required manual recordkeeping and tracking. In turnkey manufacturing operations, the time involved in keeping records was an added expense, not to mention that employees charged with the duty of tracking and recording maintenance was not 100% reliable due to human error.
CMMS systems store all data in computers compatible with the design and programming of CMMS software applications. By reducing the time it takes to record daily manufacturing maintenance, plant management reduces hourly costs and also the potential for equipment failure. This is especially important in manufacturing processes where production is scheduled on a 24 hour basis.
Expedient Access to Historical Maintenance Records
In manufacturing facilities, maintenance teams need to have fast, ready access to maintenance records in order to stay current on the scheduling of equipment maintenance.
CMMS software provides expedient access to historical maintenance records so that maintenance teams can make comprehensive scheduling decisions. CMMS also helps note specific types of maintenance occurring with greater frequency and can predict when equipment should be replaced or repaired before more serious equipment impairment occurs.
The other benefit of CMMS software is the provision for team management of maintenance. Maintenance managers rely on CMMS to ensure adequate maintenance team tasking.