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This weeks summary has been a challenge as I am stilled stunned by the USA fantastic comeback in the World Cup this morning. Next week’s game will decide if the USA is ready to play with the big boys. This weeks theme stayed true to the idea that a good EAM or CMMS solution can help struggling operations increase their cash flow by lowering maintenance repair and operations expenses. Our most popular article of the week was titled The EAM Work Order Lifecycle Improvement which took a more detailed look at the entire work order process for facilities and property management.

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. The EAM Work Order Lifecycle Improvement

Author: Stuart Smith

This article describes work request and work orders in relation to the work order lifecycle. The work order lifecycle is the process of converting identified maintenance problems to a work request then a work order through the scheduling process and finally the completion and reporting of results. The opportunity facilities have is to computerized as much of this process as possible so that maintenance staff can concentrate on the actual work to be performed.

Key Point: In the modern day and age there is no reason to have manual work order lifecycle. EAM/CMMS systems can reduce paper flow as well as help facilities managers adjust to a pro active maintenance environment.

2. Changing Hotel Preventive Maintenance

Author: Stuart Smith

Hotels and Resorts have an opportunity to improve their financial performance by taking better care of their current assets. As these assets age they almost always require additional maintenance. If proper maintenance is not performed these same assets will fail at a faster rate and operate with less energy efficiency. In both cases poor maintenance will actually cost property managers additional monies which is usually far more than it would cost to perform minor repairs or preventive maintenance.

Key Point: Now is the time for Hotels to automate their maintenance programs and earn the efficiencies an EAM/CMMS brings to the table.

3. How a Lodging EAM Impacts MRO Costs

Author: Stuart Smith

Maintenance repair and operations (MRO) costs are a substantial portion of a lodging chain’s expenses. This post discusses how an EAM can help control as well as improve cost containment measures by reducing energy, repair and labor expenses through better and proactive maintenance.

Key Point: When times are tough, intelligent Lodging professionals look for ways to improve not cut headcount.

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 4 best this week are:

1. Let’s open a can-do of maintenance excellence

Author: Joel Leonard

Joel’s article discusses the need to elevate the importance of preventive maintenance and how we need to promote a competitive spirit here in the United States by doing more. One of Joel’s suggestions was to have a contest backed by BP on how to address the coastal cleanup and prevention of disasters.

Key Point: Joel’s quote, “It is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.”

2. Some keys to implementing successful maintenance backlog management

Author: Daryl Mather

Daryl makes a good point that addressing the backlog of maintenance issues that creeps up on many organizations. For companies that have allowed this to happen getting control back is critical to improving processes as well as improving asset performance.

Key Point: Backlog management is avoidable with a little planning and a good EAM/CMMS to organize and schedule the maintenance function of facilities.

3. Make sure maintenance work doesn’t create process bottlenecks

Author: Mark Brunner

This is a very good article! Bottlenecks in the maintenance operations can occur for a variety of reasons. These include equipment failure, human issues and of course poor processes. Mark’s post discusses the how adjust and combine different maintenance strategies to develop an optimized plan to eliminate the bottlenecks.

Key Point: “To move from a primarily reactive regime, significant focus must be placed on developing and deploying systems that move the organization toward being proactive.”

4. Hurricane Season Is Here

Author: Anne

Hurricane season is upon us. Anne writes 6 tips for hurricane preparedness and also about 4 preparation/reaction myths. Although some of the points may seem like common sense, others provide good maintenance tips especially for roofs, doors and windows.

Key Point: Most preparation is a form of preventive maintenance or inspection to make sure any damage sustained is minimal.

What We Learned This Week

The concept for the week can be summed up by Joel Leonard’s quote “It is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” With the Gulf Oil spill quickly becoming the worst US environmental disaster of the age maybe we could all do a better job in making sure stuff is done right the first time and is being properly maintained thereafter. Let us all cross our fingers and hope Mother Nature can handle the stress.