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The article will describe how maintenance management as part of a CMMS software solution can help manufacturers have more energy efficient operations.

Balancing Manufacturing Energy Costs

Manufacturers face many challenges in today’s marketplace in order to remain competitive. A few of the major concerns are the cost of labor, raw materials, energy and the availability of capital for asset investments. Of these , energy cost management may be the easiest to address especially if a CMMS system is implemented.

Manufacturing Energy Costs Issues

Typical manufacturing assets include, small motors, belts, robotics, boilers, HVAC units, chillers, and machines used for everything from fabrication to smelting. If not properly maintained these assets will require more energy to accomplish the same amount of production.

CMMS for Manufacturing Maintenance Management

CMMS software solution gives manufacturers the ability to organize assets so that all equipment can be inspected and have preventive maintenance performed on a regularly scheduled basis. By organizing the assets and automating the work management process, manufacturing maintenance managers can become far more proactive in addressing maintenance problems.

Having a proactive maintenance program will identify problems early on that are causing additional energy use. Energy costs can be cut substantially by keeping assets in optimal working order.

Other Benefits of CMMS Energy Management

Beyond lowering energy costs using CMMS software there are several substantial other benefits for manufacturing environments. Other benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Extended asset lifecycle: When assets are properly maintained using a CMMS system they will not only be more energy efficient but they will last longer. The longer they last, the lower the need for capital replacement.
  • Fewer emergency repairs: Because inspections and preventive are performed on a regular basis, assets will break down less often lowering labor costs.
  • Condition of assets: CMMS records all work history for each asset. Every inspection report, work request and work order is recorded so that manufacturing asset managers always know the condition of their assets.