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New technologies are being developed every day to make preventive maintenance management more predictable and reliable. Some developments have widespread use and others may only be equipment specific. Regardless of their design, it is important to note that the majority of facilities assets still require basic inspections and scheduled maintenance to ensure they are working as well as identify problems that may cause equipment failure or preventable repair. Fortunately, good EAM/CMMS systems have the capability to incorporate the various tools as well organize maintenance operations in the most effective manner.

We hope everyone had the opportunity to read 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. Building Maintenance Management and Technology

Author: Stuart Smith

This post discusses how new technologies such as infrared thermal imaging or vibration analysis are being integrated into the maintenance programs for facility management. The article also makes a point to note that not all assets have a high enough value to warrant the expenditures necessary to implement some new technologies and therefore it is important to examine the cost/benefit ratio of each decision. The article contains a link to an impressive infrared thermal imaging video from FLIR.

Key Point: When applying new technologies to building maintenance management it is important to remember the end game of increasing efficiencies, lowering MRO expenses, maximizing uptime and extending the useful asset lifecycle

2. Hotel Preventive Maintenance for Gulf Oil Slick

Author: Stuart Smith

The oil disaster occurring in the Gulf of Mexico should be getting the attention of every industry that relies on business derived from the coastal waters. This is especially true for beach hotels and resorts that can be affected by everything from oil residue damaged water craft to fumes entering the hotel to potential oil splashed on or near the hotels that may cause a fire hazard.

Key Point: Preventing damage from the oil spill calls for increased inspections of hotel assets to identify oil residue as well an increase in preventive maintenance on beach assets such as watercraft or deck chairs.

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. Are we there yet? How board-level management can embrace energy

Author: Peter Garforth

Peter does his normal outstanding job in this article by taking a look at the role the leadership within organizations must take to implement energy solutions to remain competitive. The article points out that despite recent disasters many companies just can’t seem to get going on their own initiative.

Key Point: It would seem that importance of energy efficiency is still only gaining lip service from those responsible for making it happen.

2. The Secret Art of Reducing Maintenance Costs and Increasing Operational Effectiveness

Author: Steven Hanks

The article points out that maintenance managers can make an substantial impact on their operating costs by reevaluating their maintenance practices with a touch of common sense. This includes adjusting the ratio of proactive to reactive maintenance to a more optimal 80/20 ratio, tempering manufacturer maintenance recommendation with actual knowledge within the environment, implementing monitoring tools and automating the maintenance function using tolls like an IWMS or CMMS.

Key Point: Change starts with realization that maintenance operations plays a substantial role on the profitability of a company. Once this understood, common sense takes over allowing maintenance managers to implement the idea needed to control costs.

3. Boiler controls save mega BTUs

Author: Plantservices.com

The article provides an example of how retrofitting a 150,000 boiler with variable frequency drive controls for fans saved resulted in an enormous energy savings as well as changing the amount of steam energy going to waste.

Key Point: Energy efficiency and savings can be had with quick paybacks by retrofitting inefficient equipment.

4. Answers to some of your questions on maintenance planning

Authors: Jeff Shiver

This short article addresses basic the business practice of a planning meeting or session to determine the weeks maintenance operations. What many maintenance managers fail to realize is that simple planning can lower the amount of reactive maintenance thereby increasing the flexibility to handle emergency or unplanned work orders. Jeff suggests implementing an EAM/CMMS to help organize as well as automate this planning function.

Key Point: Common sense and incorporating standard business practices will facilities maintenance management to operate more effectively.

5. Handling service requests

Authors: David Berger

David’s article makes good reading for maintenance professions as well mangers to understand the impact that a CMMS, web-based or non-hosted can have on operations specifically the work request and work order processes. The article gives some pretty good examples of the ways a web-based CMMS can help.

Key Point: CMMS solutions are practical for any size business. They are sophisticated yet easy to learn tools that will help automate the maintenance management function.

What We Learned This Week

One can hear a lot of solutions to making your maintenance management operate more efficiently, effectively and of course lowering the costs of operations. However, despite the various acronyms used such as EAMIWMSCAFM and so on they are all in reality a form of CMMS. The secret to determining which tailored solution is best for you starts by reviewing your workflow, determining where your problems are and then applying good common sense to find a solution.