A Computerized Maintenance Management System, better known as CMMS, is a productivity-enhancing software program that is used by institutions to manage the capital assets of an organization. It enables companies to track the location, usage and maintenance requirements along with the operational costs of individual machines within their processes. It can also be used to manage and assign day-to-day tasks for maintenance and generate reports related to those operations. Numerous industries are employing CMMS in their facilities. Let us see which industries use CMMS and the tasks they achieve through the maintenance system.
What Industries use CMMS?
- Discrete Manufacturing: The manufacturing industry is the core of any economy. The machines and equipment that are used in most of these industries are custom-made and quite costly. Breakdown in any single unit can lead to huge losses for the concerned organization, thus making preventive maintenance very important and beneficial. In case of any equipment failures or in the event of downtime, you can use the CMMS system to create an asset downtime report and to figure out the mean functioning time of any asset. CMMS can help maintain asset life, track maintenance costing and also predict and prevent equipment failures.
- Process Manufacturing: CMMS software helps process manufacturing enterprises by extending an asset’s life, preventing and predicting machine failures, tracking maintenance costs, reducing downtime, improving labor productivity and minimizing inventory and maintenance costs.
- Warehouse Management: CMMS ensures that warehouses are running smoothly. You can track the inventory costs, automate the reordering process, integrate barcoding, and minimize downtime through preventive maintenance, which assures that unscheduled failures are not incurred.
- Power Generation: With the help of a maintenance system, you can set up preventive maintenance schedules and maintenance procedures for energy equipment and facilities like turbines, pumps, refrigeration systems, transformers, gearboxes, etc.
- Energy Delivery: CMMS ensures that power surges do not occur frequently and that the equipment concerned with delivering energy is well maintained. You can set up a regular maintenance schedule and track costs for each job. The efficiency is increased and overall costs will be reduced.
- Oil and Gas: The oil and gas industries can significantly increase their output by implementing CMMS. Preventive maintenance processes can be enhanced. You can also track maintenance costs, predict equipment failures, list the association’s assets and members, and lower overall costs.
- Colleges & Universities: Educational institutes such as colleges and universities consist of numerous facilities that include computers, network hubs, parking lots, athletic facilities, amphitheatres, school clinics, dormitories, dining rooms and labs apart from classrooms, playgrounds, libraries, and courts. Service requests must be addressed immediately. Preventive maintenance schedules need to be set up to provide a stable learning environment without interrupting regular operations. A well-implemented CMMS system helps in maintaining the facility’s assets efficiently and reducing overall maintenance costs.
- K -12 Schools & Districts: K-12 schools and districts have the responsibility of managing assets, buildings and campus equipment, which may be located at various sites. CMMS helps facility management for K-12 schools and districts by setting up maintenance procedures for classrooms, libraries, administrative offices, playgrounds, etc., ensuring that the student’s learning is not disturbed at any stage
- Government Organizations: Running maintenance for any city is no small task for the local governing bodies involved. Having regular maintenance checks in place can lead to preventive measures being taken before any untoward incident occurs. CMMS can help you regulate asset life, track maintenance, reduce costly downtimes and overall help in regulating and lowering the costs of maintenance.
- Athletic Clubs: CMMS can be used in athletic clubs for managing fitness equipment, courts, facilities and landscape around the club. The overall maintenance costs of running a club can be minimized, equipment failures can be predicted and prevented, costly downtimes can be reduced and maintenance costs can be kept under check. You can create preventive maintenance schedules for various equipment in the athletic clubs such as gym equipment, swimming pools, lounge and resting area, locker rooms, computer systems, courts and HVAC units.
- Sports Arenas: Considering the size and facilities of any sports arena, it would be a logistical and operational nightmare to maintain them manually. By implementing CMMS, you can make this task a little simpler. Maintenance systems help in setting up maintenance procedures and preventive maintenance schedules for stadium seats, scoreboards, ticket booths, stadium lighting, sound system, restaurants, grounds and landscape maintenance, etc.
- Amusement Parks/Zoos: Amusement parks and zoos must provide a fun and safe environment for all their visitors. One error while handling an amusement ride or unsafe animal cages can threaten the lives of visitors. A well-implemented CMMS system can help amusement parks and zoos by setting up preventive maintenance schedules for various facilities such as amusement rides, ticket booths, arcade games, theatres, animal cages, walkways, pools, and landscape maintenance.
- Fleet Solutions: Managing a fleet of vehicles is not an easy task. By implementing CMMS in your organization, you can keep an account of all the vehicles you own, and create a preventive maintenance schedule for them. The software is flexible to handle any type of vehicle you own and it can notify you of important activities such as engine checks, when the oil change is due, etc. It also helps in recording the cost of maintenance by vehicle classification.
- Metal/Mining: Mining industries can use CMMS to implement maintenance procedures and preventive maintenance schedules for facilities such as industrial motors, trucks, surface loaders, pumps, etc.
These are just a few major industries that reap numerous benefits from implementing CMMS. To learn more about which industries use a maintenance system, look out for the second part of this article.