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Just over a week until Super Bowl XLV, where will you be for the big event? When you look at the beauty of Cowboy Stadium will you recognize the efforts that the maintenance teams have put forth to make the event a success?

Regardless of whether or not you manage a large or smaller facility, maintenance excellence is a must to compete with the best. This weeks summary stretches over two weeks and includes a guest post as well as focus on asset management visibility.

We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, but just in case you did not have the time to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.

1. Who Will Be The Real Heroes of Super Bowl XLV

Author: Stuart Smith

With all the glitz and glamour surrounding the Super Bowl, it is easy to forget the maintenance management teams whose efforts will make the sporting event a success. Yes, Cowboy Stadium looks great, however, there are over 1700 toilets and thousands of other low profile assets to keep working. Keeping track of all the assets and scheduling their maintenance is easier with an EAM.

Key Point: The real heroes of this event are the maintenance staff who make attending the game a happy experience.

2. EAM Alternatives to Spreadsheets for Municipality Operations

Author: Stuart Smith

Municipal managers have a challenge unlike facility managers in normal industry. Because the infrastructure of a city is older, more complex and covers a greater number of facilities and services, municipal managers have had difficulty finding solutions that can organize and track operational activity. Municipalities have always been more concerned with revenue that costs efficiencies but this is now changing as revenues continue to decline and assets continue to age. This article discusses some options for municipal managers.

Key Point: EAM software can help bridge the gap between different departments as well as centralize document control and operating procedures.

3. Preparing for an Increase in Manufacturing with an EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

This article discusses the importance of manufacturing to the domestic economy as well the goals set out by manufacturing and supply chain executives. Most notable of these goals is a uniform understanding that investment must be made for improved asset management, cost controls and a better use of technology to support asset management visibility.

Key Point: To remain a critical part of the US economy, manufacturing must adapt to better asset and maintenance management practices.

4. Is Wintertime School Maintenance Putting Children at Risk

Author: Stuart Smith

Much of the nation has been buried by snow these last few weeks. This article talks about how snow and ice can cause significant issues for schools ranging from exceptionally high utility bills to ice damage to potential liability issues. All of these issues can be addressed using EAM/CMMS software to organize work management as well as increase the amount of preventive maintenance to avoid costly repairs.

Key Point: The key to a well maintained school is not a huge budget bet rather the planning and maintenance of assets using modern EAM/CMMS tools.

5. New Age Maintenance Training

Author: Joel Leonard

This post was a guest article by Joel Leonard of SkillTV. Joel makes mention of new technology that is ideal for attracting and training new talent into the field of maintenance. The highlight of Joel’s article is a video demonstrating how training using 3D modeling is not only effective but appeals to a younger generation.

Key Point: The technology is here for attracting new talent but now the content for training needs to be developed.

Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting on. The 5 best this week are:

1. Use the maintenance function to achieve meaningful energy reduction

Authors: Dan Towse, T.A. Cook

A good article that brings home the point that performing preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance (PdM) provides is more than making sure assets are in working order. The authors go on to state their case that a good maintenance plan can save big dollars on energy. This article is well worth reading.

Key Point: “As operating costs rise and profit margins shrink, it is imperative that maintenance organizations focus on being a profit center and not merely a black hole from which capital returns never escape”

2. 1-Up on the Maintenance Career Game

Author: Stuart Smith

This article was a guest post for SkillTV that looked at ways to use technology to attract new professionals into a maintenance career. The article points out that new technology being used is good for attracting “Generation G” (the Gamers), because it shows that a career in maintenance is professional, interesting and has transferrable skill sets.

Key Point: Are you prepared for awesomeness?

3. Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership of Your Facilities

Author: Ken Burkhalter, CFM

Ken’s post reinforces the idea of considering the total costs of ownership (TCO) for facilities management. Ken discusses factoring in one time development and decommissioning, recurring and periodic recapitalization costs into your building information modeling. He also brings into play the effect of sustainability policies and practices.

Key Point: Basing purchasing decisions on up front costs or any single factor makes for poor facilities management.

4. Effective Maintenance Troubleshooting: 6 Key Elements

Author: Greg Folts

Greg article is based upon his time spent as an experienced troubleshooter. His article provides six summary steps for improving troubleshooting results without spinning your wheels. His steps include; understanding the system, the problem and history, eliminating the obvious, develop possible causes and theories, eliminating causes, and validating and documenting the solution.

Key Point: The best time to understand a system is while the equipment is running and producing product.

5. Keeping air filters clean is the key to energy efficiency

Author: PlantServices.com

This article posted on plantservices.com examined the impact of dirty air filters on a set of giant gas turbines. When the filters were not inspected and cleaned on a regular basis it almost always resulted in emergency downtime to install replacement filters to avoid serious performance degradation caused by high-pressure drop across the filters.

Key Point: Early detection using better preventive maintenance methods can help avoid unplanned emergency downtime.

What We Learned This Week

Striving for excellence is not a pastime it is a quest for those of us driven to improve our lives. Self improvement is also no different than improving facility or plant operations. It takes an action plan, determination and the ability to apply common sense to short or long term opportunities. You don’t have to be a chess grandmaster and think ahead 30 moves, you just need to be willing to try.