September 4, 2014 - A decade ago the Computerized Maintenance Management Systems was an ROI (return on investment), equipment safety and performance optimization tool reserved for large, capital-intensive companies. This was because expensive power generating turbines, for example, were required to run for as long as they could in a safe manner and at the peak of their performance. In this type of company, it is widely accepted that the effort in time and money that goes into configuring and using a CMMS system results in large overall savings because the equipment does run better and for a longer time with gains that vastly offset the global CMMS investment.
July 24, 2014 – Early adopters of Smartware Group, Inc.’s major upgrade of Bigfoot Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) commended the company on its newly-designed user interface, which further simplifies the way maintenance professionals manage asset and equipment maintenance for their organizations, while building on existing functionality.
June 13, 2014 - MRO spares can represent up to 20 per cent of the total enterprise spend and account for more than half of all indirect purchasing transactions. Because the annual cost of maintaining an inventory storeroom is about 20-30 per cent of the inventory dollar value, reducing inventory can dramatically reduce the cost of doing business. However, the savings generated from reducing inventory should not be at the detriment of equipment availability.
While there are any number of reasons why facilities have differing approaches to developing a maintenance budget, a new white paper developed by Management Resources Group, Inc. reports that maintenance managers can take better control of their budgets if they enhance their efforts on specific practices that impact the business in a positive or negative way.
May 15, 2014 – CMMS Data Group (CDG), supplier of maintenance and facilities management software, launched the MVP Capture application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. MVP Capture is the company’s wireless barcode solution that tracks work orders, parts inventory, equipment, meters and much more. Personnel scan the barcode label they need to enter, eliminating data collection and entry errors while saving a tremendous amount of time and money.
Updated March 7, 2014 - The advantages of CMMS software are well documented in thousands maintenance books and Internet articles, however, the benefits of cloud-based CMMS over traditional on premise CMMS are less well known. Cloud or hosted software means the software is available over the Internet whereas on premises is downloaded and installed on local computers or servers.
April 16, 2013 - Quebec-based Cogep—a player in computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) solutions—launched Guide Ti Mobile, calling it the world’s first CMMS/EAM application developed specifically for the Windows 8 operating system and the Surface Windows RT tablet. (If you’re attending the Plant Management & Design Engineering Show [PMDS] in Montreal next week, visit Cogep’s at Booth #233.) Guide Ti Mobile is as simple to use and as intuitive as the PC-based version, says Cogep, yet offers the advantages of a touchscreen and mobility. Guide Ti Mobile allows workers to access data already on the tablet while they are working in buildings in which the internet is not available; they can even create new work orders and close them while at these locations.
The ARC Advisory Group released its new Global Service Provider (GSP) Supplier Selection Guide, which includes both selection criteria and guided workflow steps for choosing a services company. The scope of the criteria cover the needs of corporate IT and manufacturing IT, including communications with control systems. The guide has attributes tailored for industrial organizations, and allows those involved in a GSP selection process to make quicker and improved decisions. Ralph Rio, research director, stated, “The pace of technology evolution continues to accelerate. Now, cloud, mobile, social, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D are impacting industrial concerns for improved business processes and enhanced business models. “Technology adoption is not an option. Each of these major technology groupings involve multiple specific technical skills. GSPs have access to a diverse set of skills, and can map them into a project as needed for lower cost, less risk, and faster time to benefit.” GSP selection has become mission critical. The needed services include application and IT infrastructure development, roll-out, and maintenance. The companies have become complex and decision making involves a range of capabilities from specific technologies to managing major programs. Suppliers have specific domain expertise, geographical presence, and knowledge of certain industry dynamics. The ARC STAR Supplier Evaluation and Selection Service guides users through a step-by-step process of selecting and evaluating suppliers against specific technology, application and industry requirements. The process guides the user through the project and team definition, reviewing and editing ARC-provided selection criteria and supplier questions, weighing selection criteria, developing a supplier Request for Information (RFI) list, evaluating supplier responses, and developing a final ranking of RFI results. ARC STAR then fully documents the process and results for management review and approval.
CMMS provider DPSI has a new website that highlights cloud-based and mobile products, details market segments and provides social media access, available at www.dpsi.com. According to Carol Owens, president, “Our new site highlights DPSI’s mobile and cloud-based offerings, as well as our expertise in the manufacturing, facilities and fleet markets. We also offer improved navigation, in-depth information on our products and easy-to-find downloads, all wrapped in a more contemporary design. We have streamlined the information gathering process for visitors, even as we provide them access to more information about DPSI, our products and markets.” www.dpsi.com
Cloudruge Ltd. has released the alpha version of its free online computerized maintenance management software (CMMS), known as cloudruge, today. The use of the software is by invitation only, but users can visit cloudruge.com and request to be added to the invite list. cloudruge is a cloud-based (think dropbox) CMMS, so the application runs on cloudruge servers and users need only a browser to access it. The company says this results in important cost savings as there is no need to employ specialized IT staff. Up-time on remote servers is also generally much higher than if the servers are kept in-house (availability is usually in the order of 99.8 per cent, excluding scheduled server maintenance). The main features of the alpha version are: Developed with the most secure, efficient and advanced web application framework. Asset organization tree. Manual Work Request/ Work Order assigned to asset. Multi-user. Upload of documents assigned to assets. Upload of documents assigned to work orders. Use it anywhere with its native mobile version. cloudruge detects the client type and adjusts its display on the fly to suit smaller mobile screens. User avatar implemented through the gravatar service. Other functionality to be available very soon on the alpha version: Work-order scheduling. Asset list import using an excel file. User level implementation. Cloudruge Ltd. is a software company based in Macau SAR and in Hong Kong founded by a team of professionals with experience in industrial maintenance and web software development. Cloudruge's goal is to become the most popular cloud-based CMMS solution in the market for small to medium-sized companies and will include modules for: inventory control, labour and spare parts costs and advanced maintenance reporting among others. www.cloudruge.com