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Category Archives: Data

Creating Maintenance KPI’s in Three Easy Steps

The easiest way to track maintenance numbers is using a CMMS. Some maintenance departments use a different vendor for assets, work orders, inventory and PM’s, but we like to make it easy and provide all of those with our product. All of the CMMS information is integrated and easy to retrieve and look at. But […]

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The Marvelous CMMS Secret

Capital planning and budgeting are on everyone’s minds these days and we have a secret to share with you. It will save you money and time – two precious resources in any facilities department. Or so we’ve been told by our customers. So, what’s the big secret? When you budget and buy your CMMS, no […]

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Fact: Integration Saves Money

We recently wrote a recommendation for a software system for one of our longstanding clients. Although there was no mention of integration with our system we found ourselves looking at the system’s ability to integrate. This is a major purchase for the client, and they know we’ve done and seen a lot of software. Eventually, […]

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Compliance : A Maintenance Game

Having spent countless hours with maintenance professionals discussing their processes, we came to a realization recently. Managing compliance is nothing more than preventive maintenance (PM) and/or predictive maintenance (PdM) combined with the associated corrective maintenance and reports to satisfy the needs of the governing body. On the extreme side, Underground Storage Tanks (UST) require leak […]

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A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Every maintenance shop has one. The one tech that has been there forever and knows where everything is. When it’s time to get out the backhoe he has to survey the dig site to tell you where the water, power and telephone lines are buried because he’s the only one that knows. He knows the […]

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Technology Helps Maintenance Work!

We have traveled all over the country working with maintenance departments of different sizes, complexities and responsibilities. We’ve seen great maintenance shops and “not so great” maintenance shops. I’ve noticed a striking relationship between the use of technology and the overall well-being and professionalism of an organization. In short, great maintenance shops take advantage of technology. […]

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Preventive Maintenance Implementation

Your next step is preventive maintenance (PM). We’ve put our work order process in place and have collected our asset information. Most CMMS systems handle this task in different ways but the basic principle is the same. You will want to create two types of PMs, routine maintenance and preventive maintenance. Why Have Two Preventive Maintenance Types? Routine […]

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Collecting Information on Assets

Assets is the next step most facilities maintenance managers take with their new CMMS. You have your work orders in place and everyone is comfortable with the new system, so what better time to start the next step in the facility master plan process. Generally, you enter your assets into the system so you can […]

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Don’t Delete That Record!

As I look through records in databases, usually a TeamWORKS CMMS database, I can’t help but notice missing/deleted records. When cycling through work orders or other data, missing data jumps out at you. For example, while “thumbing” through a set of work orders I see work order number 2133, 2134, 2135, 2137. Hey, where’s number […]

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Relationships Are Complicated. This Includes Data!

Let’s start with the basics. In a relational database, data is spanned across several tables. A table is setup with rows and columns very similar to a standard spreadsheet. When handling the tables, developers have to account for the time to access the data as well as ensure the data is available to multiple programs and […]

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