Work order management is probably the most commonly used feature within computerized maintenance management software (CMMS). However, there are numerous other CMMS features available that many companies fail to take advantage of. Mobile CMMS, for example, helps maintenance staff complete an array of tasks out in the field. The convenience of accessing maintenance management software on the go allows for increased productivity. Read on to learn other important overlooked CMMS features that can maximize return on investment (ROI).

The following excerpt originally appeared on BetterBuys.com, and is authored by DPSI staff.

“There’s no denying the appeal of work order management capabilities within CMMS software. It’s the number one feature most companies look for in maintenance management software solutions. This module typically allows companies to streamline work orders from beginning to end with a work order generation and management system. CMMS software enables maintenance management to create, schedule, assign and close work orders as well as many other tasks.

Additionally, there are a number of features and capabilities within CMMS software, many of which go untapped or overlooked. A recent article by Industry Week discussed a multibillion-dollar corporation that used its powerful CMMS primarily for work orders, creating and tracking repair tickets. However, “the system’s many other powerful capabilities – such as downtime tracking, real-time performance dashboards, standardized reporting, manpower, planning, and equipment reliability tracking – were accessed only rarely, if at all,” according to the analysis.

The same article suggests many tactics organizations can implement in an effort to achieve total productive maintenance (TPM). One tactic is to “improve utilization of existing maintenance systems,” such as CMMS software, that many manufacturers invest heavily in. Doing so will reveal new opportunities as well as improve machine up-time and overall equipment effectiveness.” …