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Preventive maintenance software eliminates the need for technicians to spend their days waiting around for equipment to stop working.
Your maintenance department is the core of your organization.
Your property can crumble without it.
Most organizations continue to view their property maintenance department as a cost center.
Low efficiency, unmanaged resource allocation, and defective equipment can lead to money lost.
We’ve noticed many leaders are missing what it means to take control of their property maintenance.
Using preventive maintenance software can move a maintenance department from a cost center to a profit center.
Implementing a CMMS with preventative maintenance functionality allows for disciplined planning and scheduling practices.
Planning – as simple as it might seem – is often a missed practice when managing maintenance.
Some leaders still believe in the “necessary evil” approach and conduct maintenance activities as such.
They wait for the next piece of equipment to break before using resources to fix it.
You need to reduce your operational and equipment downtimes.
You also need to reduce your costs associated with completing activities and tasks.
With discipline, you can help your team persevere.
Here are 7 simple steps for achieving a reduction in every area of your operation:
Are you currently taking this approach to managing your maintenance?
Now is the time to use preventive maintenance methods to get the best results for your profit center.
Reduce inefficiency to move closer to your goal.
You want resources allocated to the right activities, at the right time and for the right amount.
Downtime of your equipment requires more attention from your workforce, so reduce it.
The more often you need to send staff to fix faulty or broken equipment, the more your resources are being over utilized.
The more money saved, the closer you get to being a profit center.
It’s imperative to execute your preventive maintenance plan efficiently.
Efficiency in your maintenance operation will lead to more profits.
More profits lead to longevity for your organization.
Use your preventive maintenance software to accomplish the goal of remaining or becoming a profit center.
Do this by executing your plan with an automated preventive maintenance solution.
It used to be that we would often hear of facilities that would wait for their equipment to fail.
It’s less likely we hear it these days, but that’s because property leaders are finding ways to prevent these drawbacks before they occur.
Preventive maintenance is one way we can counteract the mishaps associated with a reduced workforce, poor management, over utilized equipment, and overworked leadership.
Consider what might be currently occurring without planning in place.
Your property is a living breathing organism consisting of engineers, technicians, vendors, materials, and equipment that often requires your team’s attention.
More than likely, you need to maintain proper safety standards to stay compliant in order to keep you from losing your job.
Does that sound like a lot of stress and responsibility on your plate?
Well, it is.
If you don’t have a solution or game plan in place, it’s a good time to start looking into one.
If you have an overturning workforce, resources being allocated to the wrong areas of your business and more responsibilities piling on your desk, the chance of you becoming more efficient moves down the list – way down.
You need to change this.
Efficiency is what gets you to where you need to be.
It needs to be high on your priority list.
Identifying, prioritizing and completing your maintenance activities efficiently can be done with preventive maintenance software.
It removes the questions, gives you the answers and helps you know what needs to be tracked and maintained, and the frequency at which it needs to be.
Lead your organization to effective equipment usage, improved material and workforce allocation, and less operational downtime.
Be a profit centric maintenance department.
Executing your simple plan using your preventative maintenance solution will result in the efficiency required to accomplish this.
Here’s how to do it.
A valuable system will give you the ability to organize and manage your preventive maintenance activities centrally.
The details of your maintenance can be recorded, tracked and maintained from a single place.
Imagine being able to manage your preventive maintenance with ease from one activity detail.
Work to be done and all tasks, materials, labor, and equipment needed – in one place.
Easy for you to access and simple to understand.
That’s the key to your efficiency.
Can you see it yet?
Less time is being spent on the computer and more time is being spent in the field getting your work completed.
Now you can easily create schedules and view them in a calendar format.
Some systems even allow you to manage your scheduled maintenance in the calendar format.
Add activities to the specific date and make changes as needed.
It makes understanding what’s being done and when a whole lot easier for you.
It’s a bird’s-eye view.
The stress of allocating staff to the right place, identifying what equipment always fails, “Do I have enough materials and equipment available?”
“Are my employees conducting inspections and completing work as expected?” can finally subside.
Maintaining this requires you to do an in-depth analysis and dive deep into your numbers while getting everyone on board with your vision.
Not only are you working towards profits for the organization, but you’re also changing the property maintenance culture.
Everyone needs to acclimate and accept the changes you’re working towards.
We understand change is a hard fact many work to avoid.
This article gives you valuable tips on how you can get over it and start being successful on your own terms.
It may take some time to get everyone up to par.
The purpose is to create the plan, get your people up to speed and execute using your preventive maintenance solution.
After that, focus on measuring and improving every aspect for a fully optimized profit center.
For the highest level of performance, you will want to use the reporting features available in your solution to measure preventive maintenance elements that have the most impact on your property.
Preventive maintenance summary reports will allow you to track multiple facilities, the status of all your activities and associated tasks.
See a detailed look into the frequency of maintenance tasks and how you can possibly improve the utilization of equipment for increased quality of production and a reduction in inspections.
Finding the balance and knowing your priorities will support better business decisions.
From material costs to labor costs, the empirical data facilitates your key performance indicators so you can improve them.
Define your plan, execute it, measure it, and use the data to propel your property maintenance to higher profits.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in February 2015 and has been updated for comprehensiveness and freshness.