Friday, November 16, 2018

MRP Blog

In today’s hyper-connected world, organizations are using technology to address their maintenance and facility management needs in ways we have never seen before. This blog is written by our employees and industry experts about current maintenance resource planning topics that we hope will keep you up to date on current technology and give you the tools needed to exceed your maintenance goals and needs. 


Grab your favorite beverage, hang out a while and soak up some knowledge.


Craig Drouillard, President


Evolving to Maintenance Resource Planning (MRP)

For the past 15 years I have been part of computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software and service companies. The last 9 years have been with TeamWORKS, a company I started to fill the vacuum of inexpensive, world class CMMS. During this time I was involved with every aspect of a CMMS company; building software, managing projects, installation and training and the other duties surrounding software.


Preventive Maintenance - Where Do I Start?

We've put our work process in place and have collected our assets. Your next step is Preventive Maintenance (PM).

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) 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.


Technology Helps Maintenance Work!

I have traveled all over the country working with maintenance departments of different sizes, complexities and responsibilities. I'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 wellbeing and professionalism of an organization. In short, great maintenance shops take advantage of technology.


Asset Collection - Where Do I Start?

So now you have your work orders in place and everyone is comfortable with the new system. The next step will most likely be to enter your assets into the system so you can start a comprehensive preventive maintenance (PM) program. There are several ways to get the data collected. You may need to employ several of these methods depending on your situation. For our purposes we will be collecting mechanical assets and the discussion will be methods for gathering this data.


A Wise Investment

Someone forgot to tell your equipment that the budget's been cut. It keeps running like it always did. No cutbacks, no planned furloughs. It doesn't seem fair. You have to continue catering to its every need with less money and less manpower but the equipment isn't willing to make any sacrifices. So how do you cope with this situation? You have two possible solutions.


Work Orders - Where Do I start?

Implementing a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) can be an overwhelming task. I will be discussing this implementation in my upcoming blogs.

The first step is to settle on a process for managing work orders. When consulting new clients, I like to start by looking at their existing process. It doesn't matter if it's electronic or paper, there are reasons for the process. Here are my top 10 questions to ask…


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