• Mar 07, 2014

    5 Tips for Improving Preventive Maintenance with EAM/CMMS Software
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    Any maintenance manager at a manufacturing plant or facility is likely aware of the problems caused by faulty equipment. Even if just one piece of equipment out of thousands breaks down, it could cause your entire operation to come to a halt. Preventive maintenance involves scheduling various maintenance activities to keep your equipment in peak condition and prevent breakdowns and failure.



    EAM/CMMS software is an essential tool for scheduling preventive maintenance and monitoring performance. The following are 5 tips for improving preventive maintenance with maintenance management software.

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  • Feb 28, 2014

    Simplify Inventory Management with Maintenance Control Software
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    Maintenance management systems have become an essential tool for modern-day maintenance organizations. Maintenance control software enables organizations to record, manage, and communicate their day-to-day operations. The software typically comes equipped with an inventory control module, which is used to track stocked, un-stocked, and special order items that are moved in and out of inventory. It may also be capable of tracking the following:



    • Vendors
    • Purpose of items
    • Location of items
    • Cost of items
    • Availability
    • Substitute items that can be used
    • Inventory turnover
    • Minimum/maximum management
    • Equipment using items

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  • Feb 11, 2014

    7 Potential Pitfalls to Avoid When Selecting CMMS/EAM Software
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    Once you decide to invest in CMMS/EAM software to make the most of your company’s assets, it’s important to do your homework and select the right software. Here are 7 pitfalls to avoid when you’re shopping around for new or replacement CMMS maintenance management software.

    1.     Assuming that an ERP/EAM solution is superior



    Many people mistakenly assume that buying ERP software with a CMMS/EAM module from a single vendor is better than integrating best-of-breed CMMS software into your ERP suite. Best-of-breed CMMS maintenance software that integrates seamlessly with your ERP system is often the best choice because it offers enhanced capabilities and is more likely to achieve rapid user adoption.

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  • Feb 05, 2014

    5 Benefits of CMMS Software for Manufacturing Plants
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    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.

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  • Jan 28, 2014

    Maintenance New Year’s Resolutions for 2014
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    If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to set maintenance resolutions for the New Year. Setting maintenance resolutions involves determining what worked and what didn’t work last year in order to fine-tune your maintenance operations. Here are some maintenance resolutions that we recommend to help you get the most out of your maintenance software and assets in 2014.




    Make Sure Work Orders Are Completed in Detail


    Conduct a CMMS audit to ensure that work orders have been completed in detail and historical information is available for analysis. This involves going into your work order history to evaluate whether meaningful information has been entered into work orders. Complete historical data is essential to making smart maintenance decisions and enables maintenance planners to accurately estimate the duration and costs of maintenance work.

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  • Dec 19, 2013

    DPSI Announces the Release of PMC 6.3
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    DPSI is pleased to announce the release of PMC 6.3, the latest version of our CMMS software designed for optimal preventive maintenance for manufacturing and facilities.  This latest release adds new functionality to the existing product that already includes flexible scheduling for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly PMs, a ribbon interface with access to the Main MenuPal, security interface with options for assigning group level access and permissions, and export parameters allowing schedules and reports to be saved, retrieved and scheduled as needed using an Outlook Task.

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  • Dec 09, 2013

    Effectively Integrating Your CMMS with Current Systems
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    Maintenance management software increases up time and productivity, lowers maintenance costs, extends the life of equipment, and optimizes inventory usage, provided that it integrates seamlessly with existing systems. One of the toughest aspects of managing a CMMS is integration. If your CMMS doesn’t communicate smoothly and easily with your accounting, inventory, human resources, purchasing, and other systems, it can reduce response times and lead to an increased chance of error.




    CMMS integration is the process of connecting two or more software systems to maximize efficiency and avoid duplicating efforts. Integration makes common data available to each system and facilitates the exchange of this data. The data exchange can involve the systems reading each other’s data, writing to it, or both. By providing critical data in real-time, maintenance management software integration allows for faster response times to maintenance issues.

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  • Nov 27, 2013

    Checklist for Choosing Mobile EAM/CMMS Software
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    The mobile revolution has arrived and it will undoubtedly continue to grow in coming years. From smartphones to tablets, mobile devices have altered the way we communicate with one other, record data, and manage day-to-day tasks. Mobile technology is also reshaping the way that we perform maintenance and use CMMS/EAM systems.



    From eliminating travel time to providing more accurate, up-to-date information, mobile maintenance CMMS software offers numerous benefits. Maintenance departments that have implemented mobile CMMS software are generally highly satisfied and report results like improved productivity, reduced costs, reduced downtime, and more. However, not all mobile maintenance management solutions are created equal. Below is a checklist for selecting mobile EAM/CMMS software for your organization.

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  • Nov 20, 2013

    What to Look for in a Computerized Maintenance Management Software Reporting Module
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    Reporting is one of the most important functionality of computerized maintenance management software. Organizations spend a great deal of money to obtain data that they can use to make informed business decisions. The ultimate goal of implementing software for maintenance and facilities management is to achieve returns in the form of increased productivity and savings. Reporting modules aid maintenance managers in achieving this goal by enabling them to receive data from maintenance technicians, analyze the data, and make continuous improvements. Reporting modules also allow users to produce graphs and charts of key performance indicators (KPIs).



    Custom Reporting Function


    When selecting computerized maintenance management software, it’s important for maintenance managers to understand that a single system isn’t going to fulfill the needs of every organization out of the box. Managers need to have the ability to customize screens, fields, and functions to accomplish their desired goals. Although many computerized maintenance management systems come with canned reports, there’s no way a CMMS vendor will know exactly what information you need and how you want it organized. That’s why it’s essential to have the ability to create custom reports. However, it’s also important to make sure that a system’s custom reporting function is easy enough for inexperienced CMMS users to grasp so they can create their own reports. Some CMMS systems lack a custom reporting function or have one that requires software and programming knowledge to operate for even simple reports.

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  • Nov 13, 2013

    The Most Commonly Underused CMMS Features
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    Want to achieve a worthwhile return-on-investment (ROI) from your CMMS? Then it’s important to learn about some of the most commonly underused CMMS functions. Many organizations do not use all of the features that their preventive maintenance software provides or don’t use the functions to their full capacity. According to a national CMMS survey conducted by Reliable Plant magazine, 94.7% of plant maintenance managers feel they aren’t using their preventive maintenance software to its maximum capability.



    Modern-day CMMS systems are crammed with various features, and users don’t necessarily need to access and master every feature of the system. However, it becomes a problem when users get so comfortable with their way of doing things that they avoid features they’re not familiar with, even if those features could potentially improve their productivity. Understanding what impact underutilized software functions can have on your maintenance department will help you make the most of your software.

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