Earth Day awareness pushed the volcanic eruption in Iceland to the sidelines for a few days. I am just wondering if the volcano was just Mother Nature’s way of saying don’t forget about Earth Day. I am sure concerns about the ash cloud will return as there are several videos popping up demonstrating the impact of volcanic ash on engine components. 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.

The top article for the week was titled Tips for Negotiating an EAM/CMMS contract which discussed some of the intricacies involved when making an EAM purchase. A key point is that maintenance and facility managers must be truly involved in the decision making and price negotiations as it their knowledge that provides the information required to make a good business decision.

1. Tips For Negotiating an EAM/CMMS Contract

Author: Stuart Smith

The article discusses the value of negotiation an EAM/CMMScontract including, why, points of consideration, tips and things that can break a deal. The post stresses that price should not be the driving force behind narrowing the vendor selection. The points for consideration section addresses SaaS versus on-premise considerations as well as the need for project management, training and hardware needs.

Key Point: An EAM is not an off the shelf software package that can be installed cheaply or quickly. Setting up an EAM requires facility management to approach the implementation with careful planning.

2. Earth Day, Sustainability, Going Green and an EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

Much has been written about the green building trend, sustainability issues and other trends intended on improving energy awareness that sometimes the meaning of the terms is lost. This article describes the major terms associated with Earth friendly initiatives subsequently relating them to how an EAM can make an impact.

Key Point: The Earth’s ability to provide resources is limited. There is no question that greater care must be taken to minimize the depletion of the world’s resources. Green buildings, sustainability programs and implementing an EAM are all valuable tools for achieving a greater good.

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. Non-traditional ROIs to improve you maintenance ROI: Part II and III

Author: Ralph W. “Pete” Peters

Mr. Peters has put together a fine article reviewing methods for getting the most out of your CMMS. Not surprisingly, many of his key points are related to the approach taken by maintenance management professionals including the recognition that a CMMS is just a tool that works best when everyone believes in the system working toward a common goal for maintenance excellence. Achieving this goal requires leadership, training as well as commitment.

Key Point: It is important to treat maintenance as a business unit or profit center and give them the proper tools to perform their function positively affecting the bottom line of any organization.

2. Earth Day, 4/22: 40 Ways to Go Green in the Workplace

Author: Heidi

Heidi’s Earth Day post provided 40 ways building owners property/facility managers, administrators as well as employees can recognize or contribute to Earth Day awareness. Ideas ranged from facility sustainability tasks energy metering to recycling to changing over to more energy efficient lighting. She even includes some energy saving tips for office administrators such as powering down computers, copiers and other office equipment.

Key Point: There is something each of us can do to recognize Earth Day regardless of our position of influence.

3.Is the PM dying? Should we try to save it?

Author: Jeff Shiver

A short article posing the question of how preventive maintenance is losing favor. The reality is the terminology is being blended into other preventive maintenance methodologies such as predictive maintenance.

Key Point: Maintenance and facilities managers do not need to distinguish because predictive maintenance is a subset of preventive maintenance.

4. Communications: The CMMS Setup In A Maintenance Partnership

Authors: Ken Bannister

Another article describing the importance of communication when considering or implementing a CMMS. A CMMS is more than just a maintenance tool for scheduling and recording work. However, in order for a CMMS to be better utilized, all affected parties must work together to ensure that the data collection is valid and can be used to provide meaningful output. This includes being able to input accurate work order details, asset details, outcomes and so on.

Key Point: “The true power of the CMMS is derived from its ability to provide management reports”

5. Energy management and the CMMS

Authors: David Berger

David discusses the importance of installing energy management tools that will enable plants and other facilities to monitor energy usage. Once the data is collected an analysis can be performed to identify issues and solutions. This is not only green oriented but good business. This article was referenced in the Mintek Earth Day blog post mentioned above.

Key Point: The trend for green buildings is not going to go away anytime soon. Organizations need to get on the wagon now.

What We Learned This Week

Earth Day is not just a political event. It is a day to remember that we must all take better care of the resources our planet has given us. There are many ways individuals or companies can make a difference. For asset intensive organizations one of the ways facility and plant managers can makes a difference is to incorporate an EAM as one of their tools. When implemented properly an EAM will organize the care for energy consuming assets by scheduling maintenance related work such as inspections, preventive maintenance or work orders. Better maintenance translates into more energy efficient equipment.