Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS)

If you are looking for Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) for your company, you may have noticed that there are several software developers competing for your business. Which CMMS package should you choose? We have compared and contrasted the features of several Computerized Maintenance Management Software programs. We hope the information below helps make your high-dollar decision a bit easier.

Well-designed Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) will simplify, streamline and automate the entire maintenance process. High-performance CMMS will easily manage detailed and unwieldy equipment maintenance requirements. It preserves a company's investment in and longevity of its equipment by planning and facilitation of executing on preventive and predictive maintenance activities.

Most CMMS programs share many common features. They include:

  • Work order processing: cerate work orders for maintenance needs and assign tasks that can be managed automatically, ensuring tasks are done timely
  • Facilitate preventative maintenance management by prioritizing, assigning and automatically notifying individuals of specific preventative maintenance required to be completed
  • Manage equipment and spare parts information effortlessly by using a central repository that provides easy access to all details of individual equipment and spare parts
  • Facilitate proper response to breakdowns in equipment by providing instant access to historical maintenance records and procedures
  • Purchasing management
  • Inventory and material control: determine spare part re-order needs, by viewing inventories on-line anytime
  • Real-time status reporting and ability to generate comprehensive custom reports to help you understand how your equipment is operating, associated maintenance costs and what predictive/preventive maintenance can be done to improve overall efficiencies
  • Manage all aspects of equipment including warranty information, serial numbers, date placed in service and much more
  • Accurate labor and material cost tracking
  • Corrective, preventive maintenance and on-demand work scheduling
  • Advanced scheduling tools
  • Maintain and accurately track maintenance histories to facilitate predicative maintenance by tracking metrics of mean time between failure and equipment downtime
  • Bar code and light pen data collection options
  • Internet- and intranet-enabled work management
  • Reduce data input and time by defining and coping preventive maintenance procedures to multiple pieces of equipment if applicable
  • Available route management capability
  • Able to runs on Windows PCs and your choice of SQL, Oracle, Sybase, or DB/200 database servers
  • Seamless CMMS integration with Oracle Financials ERP Applications in multiple languages.

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When testing a trial version, be sure to have all employees that will use take it for a spin. This includes technicians and stockroom attendants. If factory-floor line technicians are going to make extensive use of the CMMS, make sure its data-entry interface loads and updates quickly and becomes ergonomically "second-nature" when used.

Look for a CMMS that:

  • Maximizes efficient production through effective maintenance work order processing
  • Minimizes planning time and warrants machines are maintained timely by automatically generating and managing preventative maintenance schedules based on equipment usage or calendar days
  • Minimizes production downtime via effective maintenance scheduling and execution
  • Reduces or eliminates downtime and the resultant late delivery by managing and tracking equipment spare parts inventory
  • Minimizes session time with an efficient, user-friendly system
  • Warrants all quality requirements (ISO 9000:2000 and 1994; ISO 14000, QS 9000; TS 16949; TE 9000; AS 9000) are met or exceeded

Industrial Maintenance pages:

Parts and Inventory Control via Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) | Maintenance Management Books | Industrial Preventive Maintenance (PM) FAQ home page