Springtime has arrived and thoughts of vacations or spring cleaning sometimes mask the need to get back to work. 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 most popular article of the week was addressed the issue of the number of maintenance professionals that will be retiring over the new few years. Another article discussed how springtime has left many parts of the south covered in pollen much like a light snowstorm. The final blog of the week is for those looking to enjoy life on the high seas this summer. In all articles the need for proper maintenance planning, data collection and total asset management was discussed.

1. Battling The Skilled Maintenance Worker Crisis With An EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

There seems to be a growing concern among plant and facility managers that retirement of so many skilled professionals will leave organizations with a gigantic hole in their knowledge and as a result MRO will suffer. The article discussed the opportunity to build a long term solution by developing a knowledge base using an EAM system. Keys to success include a well thought out implementation plan and buy-in from all corporate departments.

Key Point: The loss of company know-how can be critical to asset intensive organizations. Data collection can be done efficiently and effectively using a true Enterprise Asset Management system.

2. Preventive Maintenance and The Laws of Physics

Author: Stuart Smith

This article is a lighted hearted look at the pollen being dropped by oak trees in the southeast. In some areas pollen is so thick that gutters, parking lots and out door equipment is completely blanketed. Beside being an allergy nightmare, pollen can block HVAC airflow as well as absorb moisture beginning the corrosion process. Property managers must be persistent in their removal of pollen which includes regular inspections and preventive maintenance. This is best accomplishes with an EAM/CMMS system.

Key Point: Pollen, debris and dust can all negatively impact the performance of equipment either quickly by inhibiting airflow or slower through corrosion.

3. Preventive Maintenance and Inspections For Yachts

Author: Stuart Smith

Yachts like their larger counterparts cruise ships are subject to intense elemental forces. Without proper inspection and preventive maintenance a yacht might leave its operator stranded on the high seas. The article provides a checklist of major equipment that should be checked on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.

Key Point: A CMMS system will help organize yachts equipment and assist with the orderly scheduling of maintenance management ensuring critical components are not missed before sailing.

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. Property Management from A-Z: W

Author: Kathleen Richards

Kathleen’s blog post is a great source of common sense for property managers. This weeks article made a point of not wasting money by intelligently engaging vendors as well as performing annual preventive maintenance checks. These checks are in the best interest of the tenant and the property manager.

Key Point: Apply common sense to property management operations from managing the books to inspections to tracking wear and tear.

2. 6 Aspects About IWMS That Everybody Ought to Know

Author: Posted on iwmsnews.com

If you were unsure what an IWMS is this article clarifies the role these systems take within an organization. The article lists 6 points and includes 5 main solution areas required to be an IWMS.

Key Point: The blog post is an excellent description of what an IWMS software solution is.

3.BOMA International Testifies Before Congress on Commercial Building Maintenance

Author: Heidi

BOMA recent testimony before Congress highlighted that private and government buildings spend between 25% and 28% of the buildings operating expenses on maintenance and repairs. This is a substantial amount for any building. The article goes on to say that “buildings must have a management plan in place and adequately budget for repairs and maintenance”.

Key Point: The higher the percentage of operating costs the lesser amount of preventive maintenance is usually being performed.

4. Procuring Facility Management Services isn’t the same as Procuring Paperclips

Authors: Michel Theriault

Michel discusses vendor management for facility management from a practical business perspective. In this article he suggest the first focus should be on finding a vendor who fits well with your companies needs, image and culture. Secondly, he suggest that instead of focusing in on price, first make sure they can provide the level of service that you require before looking at price.

Key Point: Quality vendors deserve respect when negotiating terms. When you deal with vendors honestly and fairly you will ultimately enhance your own facility management image.

5. Why are so few organizations investing in systematic energy productivity planning?

Authors: Peter Garforth

We thought this was one of the more interesting articles published for some time. The article discusses why energy initiatives often to fail to get off the ground because of skepticism. What Peter actually discovers is the true show stopper which is too often executive management relies on individual prior knowledge for guidance. The result is an unwillingness to go new directions or step outside the box because of distressed comfort levels. This is more than just an educational issue and is very much a leadership concern that many organizations face.

Key Point: Change requires an open mind.

What We Learned This Week

The most important aspect of this weeks articles including voter links is that maintenance management for facilities, plants, buildings etc should be treated like any other well run business. Good management understands that innovation (energy initiatives), planning (knowledge control) and common sense (pollen buildup or regular inspections) are critical to well run and growth oriented businesses. It short – it is time to professionalize maintenance management. Utilizing an EAM will assist with professionalization actions.