The week leading up to the Super Bowl is always busy and distracting. We hope everyone had a great time watching the game and/or their favorite commercials. Just in case you did not have the opportunity 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.

Posts from last week centered on the reasons you are probably seeing less than a 20 percent utilization of your CMMS/EAMcapabilities. Explanations vary from an unwillingness to accept continual training, a lack of integration of handheld technology and a corporate resistance to accepting maintenance is not a function but a business that can have substantial impact on profitability. The most popular article of the week was Six Factors For Why Your CMMS/EAM Doesn’t Do What You Had Hoped For which set the stage for weeks remaining articles by reviewing six major factors influencing the utilization of CMMS/EAMsystems.

1. Six Factors For Why Your CMMS/EAM Doesn’t Do What You Had Hoped For

Author: Stuart Smith

Inadequate training, no tinkering allowed, missing performance measurements, lack of integration into the daily routine, communication opportunities and a failure to understand the role of a tool are major influences as to why you only getting a fraction of the benefits of your CMMS/EAM.

Key Point: Change starts at the top and everyone is accountable.

2. Replacing Hand Holding with Handhelds For Your EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

The article discusses the use of handheld devices to get back control of your day if you are spending more than 25 percent of your time on getting your staff organized for the day, following up on work requests, handling work orders, and other tasks.

Key point: If you are not using handheld devices you are facing a losing battle to control your time.

3. Cleaning Out The Cobwebs Of Your CMMS/EAM System

Author: Stuart Smith

The article covers the role of senior management when choosing to implement a CMMS/EAM system and how important it is to know what the pain is that you are trying to relieve.

Key Point: The future will see asset management/facilities management viewed as a business and not as a function.

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. How to get the most out of your CMMS/EAM system

Authors: Dave Loesch, Stephen Slade

The authors explore the current trends taking place within CMMS/EAM with a look at both the present and future trends emerging. Focus is given to the development and importance of EAM systems.

Key Point: The role of EAM systems is currently undervalued and underutilized. Changes in technology and attitudes will bring EAM systems into proper focus.

2. Pursuing Maintenance and Reliability Improvements – Part 2 – Asset Prioritization

Authors: Dale Reiter

Dale takes a look at determining asset priority by involving multiple departments and approaching the problem as a team with proper change management practices.

Key Point: Too many assets with priorities set higher than needed will raise maintenance costs.

3.Applying CMMS Software

Author: Budda Oliver

Article presents a modest look at how a CMMS is woven into the fabric of an organization and uses for preventive maintenance, work order scheduling as well as inventory/purchasing.

Key Point: Preventative maintenance is the key to operating an efficient facility

4. The growing value of a CMMS

Author: David Berger, P.Eng.

Mr. Berger explores how to build the business case for better asset management. The article is a good starting point for facility managers seeking methods of justification for a CMMS upgrade or purchase. There is a nice chart of potential savings for a variety of categories.

Key Point: CMMS systems are needed to help with newer technology

5. Green industrial roofing

Author: Robert C. Lichy

The article discusses a brief history of green roofs, the reasons people use them, types of green roofs and their components.

Key Point: “The typical green roof both reduces the amount of water run-off and spreads it out over a longer period of time”