The equipment needed to run a manufacturing plant is costly and expensive to replace. Furthermore, equipment downtime leads to lost production, which directly impacts profits. Replacing reactive maintenance with proactive maintenance through the implementation of CMMS software will give you more control of your manufacturing plant and help you prevent equipment breakdown and failure.
Implementing computerized maintenance management software at your manufacturing plant is one of the best decisions that you could make. Unfortunately, executives often see maintenance as a cost center rather than something that adds value and helps increase the company’s profitability.
The benefits of implementing maintenance software in a manufacturing plant are numerous. Discussing the following benefits of computerized maintenance management software with upper management could justify the software’s cost.
1. Keep equipment running optimally
Proper maintenance of manufacturing equipment is essential to ensuring that it runs optimally. If manufacturing equipment isn’t working to specifications, a poor quality product could end up being sent to customers. Dissatisfied customers may cancel their orders, which could result in serious financial losses for a manufacturing company.
CMMS software schedules preventive maintenance procedures to ensure that manufacturing equipment remains in good condition and runs efficiently. If equipment breakdown does occur, it can be dealt with promptly when you have quick access to equipment history, warranty information, manufacturer information, etc. via computerized maintenance management software. Many CMMS software programs also enable you to keep track of maintenance inventory to ensure that spare parts are available when you need them.
2. Increase labor productivity
A CMMS enhances maintenance technicians’ productivity by providing them with quick access to all of the information they need to complete scheduled preventive maintenance, such as step-by-step procedures, lists of the required spare parts and tools, and other pertinent information. This allows maintenance technicians to perform maintenance tasks without interruption or delay.
3. Facilitate maintenance management decisions
Computerized maintenance management software collects maintenance statistics, enabling maintenance managers to track key performance indicators (KPIs). Not only does this make it easier for maintenance managers to report on the status of their maintenance management programs to upper management, it also gives maintenance managers a big-picture view that helps them identify problems with staffing, equipment, inventory, etc.
4. Reduce costly downtime
You have a variety of equipment, and each piece of equipment performs a crucial role in the manufacturing process. If one piece of equipment breaks down, products can no longer be manufactured and delivered to customers. Regularly maintained assets are less prone to breakdown. Fewer breakdowns mean lower repair costs and increased productivity, which could be tied directly to measurable savings. CMMS software helps maintenance managers ensure the good condition and performance of assets to maximize uptime.
5. Achieve regulatory compliance
Manufacturing companies need to follow various regulations to prevent accidents and injuries. Regulatory compliance isn’t something that should be left to chance. Computerized maintenance management software keeps your business compliant and helps you avoid hefty fines by documenting the maintenance of assets and proving to regulatory agencies that required maintenance tasks and inspections have been performed.
Maintenance is an essential activity in your manufacturing company that ought to be viewed as a profit center rather than an added expense. Invest in your organization’s future by implementing CMMS software at your manufacturing plant. For more information about how maintenance software can improve your bottom line, contact DPSI today or sign up for a free trial of our computerized maintenance management software!