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What an interesting weekend especially if you were caught up in March Madness. Parity seems to be the name of the game this year. We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our 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.

This weeks articles took a look at maintenance life in casinos, TCO for mobile handheld devices as well as a green look at preventive maintenance. The most popular article of the week discussed some of the unique maintenance management challenges in the casino industry as a result for the demand for brightness. It turns out one of the more significant influences on casinos is a lack of management skill/education in addressing maintenance issues.

1. Top Ten Casino Maintenance Challenges

Author: Stuart Smith

Casino maintenance issues go beyond the normal day to day operations of resorts or other high profile establishments. For example, the need for WOW factor combined with maintaining millions of light bulbs has pushed energy efficiency into a secondary concern. Facility management seems to be geared around maintaining the glitz factor and not best practices. The article lists the top 10 maintenance challenges.

Key Point: The need for maintaining the glitz in a casino can have negative impacts on facilities staff to operate efficiently and effectively.

2. Make Sure To Consider Handheld Device Mobility TCO For EAM Systems

Author: Stuart Smith

Some purchasing managers, in response to tight cash flow have begun to seek out consumer grade handheld device options instead of commercial quality products. This decision will likely increase the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in a commercial rough and tumble environment primarily because consumer products such as the smart phones lagged the durability, reliability and technology platform to remain operational for extended periods of time.

Key Point: The TCO for consumer grade handheld devices may be 3-10 times their original costs. Purchasing managers need to do their homework before buying.

3. Preventive Maintenance Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Author: Stuart Smith

Inspired by St Patrick’s Day, the piece is a lighter side look at the various shades of green with regard to preventive maintenance. Good preventive maintenance practices leads to more and brighter greens in the form of money. Conversely, a lack of proper maintenance can be very embarrassing expensive.

Key Point: People often perform preventive maintenance for themselves and their personal items but fail to recognize the same set of values for the work environment.

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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. What Makes some IWMS software so expensive?

Author: Joe Valeri

Joe discusses his views on why some IWMS vendors have high prices. The reasons range from excessive infrastructure costs to a lack of understanding of TCO for IWMS. Joe’s points on TCO, echo the article on handheld devices found above on the Mintek blog. Although the products are different the business perspective is similar.

Key Point: Before purchasing an IWMS, customer should do their homework and accurately gage the value with the price.

2. Criteria for Selecting a CMMS Software Solution

Author: Posted on The Agriculture Blog

This short article briefly covers the range of services offered by modern CMMS systems. These include traditional maintenance programs as well as the capabilities to incorporate predictive and other maintenance methods. The article notes the increasing use of mobile handheld devices.

Key Point: “Any CMMS must be able to delivery process optimization, plant and process improvement and accurate reporting.”

3. CMMS Software – Selecting the Right CMMS

Author: Erin Ouellette

Erin hits some of the underlying premises of selecting the right CMMS systems. These are costs, value, vendor stability, features and support. Her article expands on these reasons plus a few other items designed at encouraging a low cost solution.

Key Point: Scheduling preventive maintenance and work orders are an integral part of any CMMS system. The choices available today allow for a much greater selection of products.

4. Critical Component of the CMMS: The Repair Work Order

Authors: Christopher Winston

A descriptive article regarding the importance of collecting repair and work order history in a manner that can be used. Christopher gives some examples of poor and good descriptor when logging in data. Poor descriptions can neutralize the value of a CMMS.

Key Point: Effective implementations include training to collect accurate and descriptive work order and repair history.

5. Six Sigma Training – Turning Fear into Faith with Change Management

Authors: Posted on Aveta website

This article written by a trainee actually makes some good points regarding change management. Of note is the recognition that change management for improvements or costs savings requires buy-in and planning. More importantly, in efforts to achieve buy-in and change it is critical to be able to show decision makers details of  how the money will be saved.

Key Point: Change Management is crucial to six-sigma or other productivity enhancements or programs.

What We Learned This Week

The theme that shows through this week is a slow recognition that having or implementing a successful EAM/CMMS or IWMS requires a more comprehensive level of buy-in then in years past. Buy-in by senior management has the complementary effect of educating decision makers to the importance of facility management. This education may also help some industries, like casinos who have difficulty in establishing functional boundaries between departments thus lowering efficiencies. Secondly, it is evident that mobile handheld devices are integral to the modern maintenance management function. Handhelds are not really an option any more but rather a requirement for a high performing company.