It has been an exciting week, between The Olympics, Valentines Day and the changing weather conditions we hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out website. However, 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.

The focus this week was to help readers understand the capabilities of an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system. An EAM can be used for virtually any industry that has assets/equipment to be tracked, maintained or repaired. Using the fuller capabilities of a true EAM also enables the analysis of an assets lifecycle as well manage vendors and documents. The most popular article of the week was When is a CMMS not an EAM which looks at the limitations of a CMMS system in comparison to an EAM.

1. When is a CMMS not an EAM?

Author: Stuart Smith

This article takes a look at the normal capabilities and uses of an EAM and CMMS. A CMMS has traditionally been used for maintenance management. Although maintenance management is a function of an EAM , an EAM takes a look at the bigger picture of asset management from the planning through the retirement/replacement of an asset. Lifecycle planning, maintenance and workflow analysis are just of the notable differences.

Key Point: The decision to use either a CMMS or EAM should be based upon the pain for which the system will address.

2. Quit Pooling Around With Preventive Maintenance

Author: Stuart Smith

Caring for public pools is much different than for private pools. Cites, hotels and apartment managers must all contend with numerous health and safety regulations. An EAM is an ideal solution to stay in compliance as well as schedule preventive maintenance and repairs. is an ideal solution.

Key point: Pool maintenance is a prime example of what can go wrong when preventive maintenance is pushed aside as a result of budgetary constraints.

3. World Class Sporting Events Cry Out For EAM Tools

Author: Stuart Smith

The Winter Olympics and the upcoming World Cup are just two major sporting events that costs billions to prepare for and host. An EAM will help Cities or Countries hosting major sporting events to manage the preparations of sports stadiums and arenas as well as set the groundwork for ongoing maintenance. An EAM will organize the assets and all maintenance related issues including the projecting of the useful lifecycle of equipment based upon its maintenance history.

Key Point: The earlier you can integrate an EAM into the planning stages of hosting a major sporting event the less likely you are to have cost overruns due to unexpected repairs.

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. Business Boiler Maintenance and Repair

Author: Ricardo Alan

Ricardo provides tips for what should be part of an annual service contract for gas boilers including what parts should be inspected, how often and terms of the agreement.

Key Point: Annual inspections are not only smart business but will help you stay in compliance with gas regulations.

2. How to Plan Carbon and Energy Management System Usage

Author: Daniel Stouffer

Daniel discusses how energy and carbon management is being pushed to the forefront of sustainability concerns. He also discusses how companies can get a head start before government regulations force the issue. Noted was the signing of EO13514 by President Obama regarding federal sustainability.

Key Point: Companies may want to get a head start on setting up a system that can manage and monitor carbon and energy footprints.

3. 6 Easy Steps for Smart Managing Equipment Maintenance Management Software

Author: Ramon Rodriguez

Ramon discusses “how To” set up a rudimentary maintenance management system on a PC. The six steps are common sense based and require only limited knowledge of a spreadsheet such as Excel. What was interesting is that his system reinforces the need for people to perform preventive maintenance with scheduling.

Key Point: Maintenance management does not need to be complicated to handle basic needs.

4. Leaders in Facility & Property Management Make Changes Today that Deliver Lasting Benefits

Authors: Michel Theriault

Michel’s blog post looked at an example of in-house versus subcontracted services for a particular Facilities organization. He found an outstanding 40% savings by outsourcing. What he also discovered were the issues involved with implementing the change in order to avoid organized labor concerns.

Key Point: Change must be thought out and managed appropriately in order to achieve buy-in from concerned parties.

5. CMMS Software Trends

Authors: David Berger

This article talked about 5 ways that CMMS systems are becoming more vital for organizations. He includes brief discussions about additional functionality, the integration of a CMMS with an EAM or ERP , increased mobility using handheld devices, greater user friendliness and visibility reporting.

Key Point: Maintenance management has become a key driver in company success.