It is that time of the year again when amusement parks either dust off the winter wraps or step up inspections, maintenance and repair to prepare for a full summer season.

CMMS Time of the Season

With Mother’s Day this weekend and Memorial Day around the corner, the best tool to ensure that ride inspections are being done every day and the same way by all staff is a CMMS system.

At the heart of every amusement park are the rides. Being a big kid (as my sons would say), I still get a thrill on rides and as a father I want to make sure the rides are safe for my children.

Inspecting Amusement Park Rides

Most states have regulations regarding periodic inspections for amusement parks. Depending on their size; rides, water parks, traveling shows and go-carts are usually inspected semi-annually or at the very least annually.

In larger, more established parks, inspections are performed daily. These inspections can cover hundreds of rides and include thousands of components to be checked. An amusement park CMMS is the tool of choice because it:

7 Reasons CMMS is the Tool of Choice for Amusement Parks

  1. Starts with establishing a computerized database of all amusement parks assets from park ride parts to facilities. The database includes things such as location, description, serial numbers, photos, vendor and/or contract information as well as classifications.
  2. Organizes the assets so that park management can easily identify each asset and assign work such as preventive maintenance or inspections.
  3. Provides computerized tools for knowing what is in the work pipeline at all times.
  4. Automates the receiving and creation of work requests and work orders. A CMMS also enables these to be filled out using mobile devices.
  5. Enables the scheduling of inspections and all other work management (rounds, repairs, use of predictive technology etc.).
  6. Enables work such as inspections to be performed using mobile handheld devices. This eliminates paper flow and increases flexibility of staff by making more time available to work.
  7. Makes use of handheld devices which also allows amusement park maintenance management to complete and assign work orders to staff in the field should an inspection identify a problem.

In essence, CMMS allows maintenance staff to accomplish more in the same amount of time, lowering labor costs and increasing proactive and reactive flexibility. Other benefits include but are not limited to; lower energy costs and a stronger case for defending accident negligence claims.

Handling Inspections with CMMS

As mentioned above, one of the significant advantages of a quality CMMS is the ability to perform work using mobile handheld devices. For amusement parks with enormous inspection needs, a CMMS solution can load predetermined inspections type questions on handheld devices. Inspection type questions can be yes/no, multiple choice, comparing or taking photos, require an answer and even provide proof that the work was performed.

The staff performing the inspection answers the inspection questions using the handheld device and results are uploaded to the main CMMS for review by amusement park maintenance management. The faster response to problems identified through inspections as well as the ability to do a work request and work order on the spot means rides will have less downtime and guests will be happier.

12 Typical Inspection Type Items that can be done on Mobile Handheld Devices
  1. Inspection of safety belts and other passenger restraints.
  2. Inspection of emergency shutdown controls.
  3. Inspection of barricades, fencing ramps and other ride access points.
  4. Inspection of ride structure and any moving parts.
  5. Inspection of all nuts and bolts that are subject to vibration, corrosion as well as wear and tear.
  6. Inspection of support structures and block and tackle equipment.
  7. Inspection of anything electrical.
  8. Inspection of hydraulic equipment.
  9. Inspection of roofs and overhangs.
  10. Inspection of rides to make sure they are operating.
  11. Inspection of all safety equipment, exit lighting and exits.
  12. Inspection of all lights, signals and communication equipment.

One of the best parts about using a CMMS system is that inspections can also be performed on all facility assets. CMMS can be used to inspect restrooms, pavilions, kiosks, plumbing, HVAC, and kitchen equipment just to name a few assets. Implementing a CMMS solution can save asset managers significant operations expense dollars.