The Winter Olympics 2010 has begun and we can’t help but imagine the complexity of the system being used to track and schedule the maintenance and repair of the different venues in Vancouver. In case you find yourself reading between events this weekend and 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 continue to center on how to achieve greater utilization from your CMMS/EAM. Although training again takes a center role it is not the only reason you are may not be seeing the results you had hoped for. Poor initial setup also contributes heavily to an under utilized system. The most popular article of the week was Enterprise Asset Management is the Answer for Desalination which looks at the balance between processing efficiencies and rising energy costs in desalination plants.

1. Enterprise Asset Management is the Answer for Desalination

Author: Stuart Smith

The complexities of the desalination plant requires all maintenance methods work together in harmony. It also demands the equipment investment in desalination plants which includes facilities, turbines, pumps, generators, and power infrastructure be maintained at the highest levels to maximize efficiency and minimize energy costs. Although technology is lowering the desalination process costs this is being offset by rising energy costs.

Key Point: With energy costs running between 40 and 50% of the cost of desalination, every effort must be made to keep equipment running efficiently as well as lengthening their lifecycles.

2. 5 Signs Your EAM System Is Not Set Up Correctly

Author: Stuart Smith

The article examines 5 signals that your EAM may not have been set up properly by looking at the output that is being generated (or not being generated). Expected output should include lifecycle projections, KPIresults, workflow and training recommendations, and feedback.

Key point: Implementation of an EAM requires very detailed planning as Garbage In = Garbage Out.

3. Why Training Effects CMMS/EAM Utilization

Author: Stuart Smith

This article is the sounding call for all proponents of training. The piece takes a look at why training is undervalued, some of the consequences of a lack of training and the challenges vendors and trainers must overcome to establish good ongoing training practices.

Key Point: Continual training must be sold at the highest levels in a company to achieve buy-in from all. The article also suggest continual training be restructured to be more effective.

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. Reduce or eliminate waste through training

Author: Robert Apelgren

Robert’s article make a short but potent case for why training is needed to reduce waste but also to increase reliability. Often the first cut, training makes the difference between repair and high quality repair.

Key Point: Higher quality work is in the best interest of a company.

2. The Seven Deadly Sins of IWMS Implementation

Author: Steven Hanks

Steven points out 7 avoidable steps that lead to a failed IWMS implementation. As it turns out, these are 7 steps that should be avoided for CMMS/EAM implementations. At the top of everyone’s lists are the setting of expectations, planning and the involvement of senior management to achieve buy-in.

Key Point: The reasons for failed implementations are fairly similar for both IWMS and EAM. The first step anyone wanting to install an IWMS or EAM must do is to think through their idea.

3.Roofs And Winter Weather

Author: Anne

The article is based upon some helpful guidelines the Institute for Business and Home Safety ( IBHS) from snow related roof collapse including an easy method for estimating snow weight.

Key Point: Roof collapse due to accumulated snow is avoidable with smart preventive maintenance.

4. Waiting for Godot?

Authors: Tracy Smith and Clay Bush

A fairly lengthy article in which the authors discuss why companies are not achieving the results they expected after implementing an CMMS/EAM. The article examines the relationship between inputs/outputs and hammers home the need to correctly set up the assets detail in the beginning of any implementation.

Key Point: To achieve a successful implementation of a CMMS/EAM requires a blending of best practices, technology and performance management.

5. What to Consider when Taking your CMMS Mobile

Authors: Kat Pullen and Kristi Urich

The authors discuss the use of handheld devices to lower costs, increase ROI of CMMS/EAM, and other benefits of having access to corporate databases while in the field.

Key Point: Workers in the field need to have access to applications such as CMMS/EAM systems and other databases in order to increase efficiencies, update asset information and input work order information.