The Gulf Oil Spill continues to dominate the news. With so many great maintenance management systems available in the market today that can actually save a company money on maintenance costs it is frustrating to see global companies such as BP refrain from performing proper maintenance and inspections. 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.

Our most popular article this week was Are Florida Beaches Really Clear of the Oil Danger. This particular article took exception to a recent press release from The State of Florida claiming its beaches were free of oil. Unfortunately, the true impact of the oil spill has yet to be seen.

1. An EAM/CMMS Can Get Property Management Ready for Summertime

Author: Stuart Smith

This article discusses how an EAM/CMMS can be used to mitigate the impact of severe heat and storms during the summer months. The key for Property Managers to avoiding unnecessary or unplanned maintenance is to inspect exposed assets on a frequent basis in order to detect potential and early stage problems with the help of an EAM/CMMS system. For example, EAMdriven inspections may find a loose metal roofs panel that can break away or leak during a storm. Securing it now avoids water damage later.

Key Point: The early detection of issues allows property management maintenance teams to make minor repairs and adjustments before major repairs are needed.

2. Are Florida Beaches Really Clear of the Oil Danger?

Author: Stuart Smith

Being near the coast of Florida, we watch the news of the gulf oil spill very closely. This article is a response to the ongoing ad campaign from officials from the State of Florida announcing that Florida beaches were clear of oil. The post questioned whether or not officials were more concerned with tourism dollars than public safety.

Key Point: The Gulf oil spill is a catastrophe, oil is rapidly approaching Florida but more importantly, the oil visible on the surface is only the tip of the iceberg.

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. Preventative Maintenance for Refrigeration Systems

Author: Posted on Cooler Connection

The article, a reprint of several pages from Heatcraft’s Installation and Operation Manual provides a very good checklist for preventive maintenance on refrigeration systems. The post covers preventive maintenance tips, their optimal frequency and what to look for while inspecting equipment.

Key Point: Preventive maintenance for refrigeration systems is critical to minimizing repair costs as well as optimizing energy efficiency.

2. Do you have a matrix to prioritize work orders?

Author: Jeff Shiver

Jeff post makes a point that operations and facilities managers must work together to establish priorities for work orders. Although the concept is really common sense, too often there is a communication breakdown resulting in unnecessary labor and repair expenses. Jeff suggest a priority matrix be developed for use.

Key Point: Lack of information and communication inhibitors can be alleviated by the use of a CMMS to organize and distribute information. By using a CMMS management can have the tools necessary to make informed decisions.

3. Check the oil

Author: George B. Mullins

George’s article reinforces the need to make sure equipment is properly maintained with proactive preventive maintenance in particular the lubrication of machinery. The article goes on to provide tips and how to take samples as well as perform an oil analysis,

Key Point: Proactive maintenance program will enhance your equipment’s performance and boost productivity.

3. Energy Efficiency Investments Still Strong Despite Recession

Author: Heidi

Heidi’s article discusses the results of a recent survey of 2,800 executives indicating energy efficiency remains a top priority. The article goes on to discuss the different motivations but points out that costs savings is the most important factor followed by environmental concerns.

Key Point: There is an opportunity for facility, plant and property managers to save money as well as act responsibly. The question becomes when and how will executives make the necessary changes.

4. Get Hotel Guest to Come Back with a CMMS program

Author: Posted on Info Barrel

The article discusses the importance of property management using a CMMS to get clients to return. The premise is based upon the fact that clients have a choice of where to stay. The decision to return to a given hotel is based upon their experience. A CMMS will speed up the response to repair and maintenance issues. This has a dual impact of improving customer satisfaction and helping maintenance staff take better care of property assets.

Key Point: The cost of a new sales (attracting new travelers) is far more than making sure facilities are maintained and customer issues are handled timely.

What We Learned This Week

The most important lesson of the week is that proper preventive maintenance remains a critical function of asset management. From refrigeration units to oil well safety every business must understand that common inspections and preventive maintenance will save them money on both labor and operational expenses but it can also help avoid a true disaster.