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The Super Bowl is over, a new champion has been crowned, Kudos to Cowboy Stadium Facility Management for making the best out of a tough situation after the ice storm passed through. Now, most of the country just wish the weather would warm up a little.

The theme for the past month is understanding the barriers that remain in the way of increase in visibility for facility or asset management. With some respects the barriers remain because organizations have difficulty recognizing some types of operations as legitimate business units. The main reason for this is a lack of information about the complexity of workflow facility management entails.

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. CMMS versus The ICE Storm

Author: Stuart Smith

For much of January and early February much of the nation has been punished by extreme cold, snow and ice. The harsh weather had generated numerous problems for city and municipalities across the nation as they had to deal with frozen/burst pipes, ice damage, power outages and fallen tree limbs. Cities that had a CMMS to record all work request and schedule work orders were able to react more quickly to weather related issues.

Key Point: Government budgets are already in distress, using a CMMS enables more work to get done with the same amount of resources.

2. Revenue or Maintenance Decisions: The Day the Wall Fell Down

Author: Stuart Smith

This article discussed the relationship between sales and operations and the crippling impact it can have on understanding the need to implement better asset and maintenance management. The article also provides ten asset and maintenance management changes required to break down the wall between the two parts of an organization.

Key Point: Good operations management increases profitability but not starting until revenue drops is the wrong time.

3. Plant Asset Management Includes People, Software and Tools

Author: Stuart Smith

This post highlights the impact of the term reliability in relation to plant or manufacturing operations. The article covers reliable assets, maintenance, people, vendors, components and training. All of these are needed to run a good plant.

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Key Point: For asset management visibility to increase, reliability must be applied to all areas of operations.

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 3 best this week are:

1. 5 Maintenance & Reliability Quick Wins

Authors: Tom Furnival

Tom’s post takes a look at how to substantially increase machine uptime, effectiveness and reliability by better identification of problems, empowerment equipment operators, training, new asset due diligence and by not placing preventive and predictive maintenance on the back burner.

Key Point: With a little thought and common sense, many equipment issues can be caught early or avoided all together.

2. Are your Facilities Decisions Uninformed? It is time for a change

Author: Michel Theriaullt

Michel talks about the need to view facilities management as a business function in contrast to the tactical or technical view many industries have. His reasons include that by viewing facilities management as a business unit will allow facility managers to make sound business decision based upon the availability of additional information.

Key Point: Limiting the role of facility managers to a tactical function inhibits the information flow necessary to ensure quality business decisions are being made.

3. Assessing Facility Management Performance

Author: Ken Burkhalter, CFM

This post points out the difficulty senior managers have when try to measure the performance of facility managers. The problem is because their is a general overall lack of information about the workflow surrounding facility managers which is the same reason why facility management is not more visible in many organizations.

Key Point: Measuring performance is difficult when the reviewers do not understand the role that facility managers play in an organization other than they call them when their is a problem

What We Learned This Week

The role of facility management is changing slowly but surely. All three articles this week recognize that increased asset management visibility can only occur when the role of facilities is understood and that they are empowered to make business decisions as other business unit managers are.