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The middle of July, a relatively slow time but a good point in the year to reflect on the maintenance performance of assets as compared to budgets and problem projections. If your budget year started in January, asset managers should have a pretty good idea how the year will turn out but if the fiscal year just started it is not too late to adjust expectations with the right EAM/CMMS tools.

Our most popular article of from last week titled the 7 Deadly Sins of Asset Management continues to draw readers at a record breaking pace. This weeks early article discussed prison asset management from a decision making perspective about when is the proper time to retire an asset versus continuing to sink money into repairs. The final post today was a parody of the Universal Studios movie Despicable Me. 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.

1. The Despicable Facilities Manager

Author: Stuart Smith

The post is the story of an asset manager wanting to make a case and purchase a new boiler for his facility and what he willing to endure to achieve his goal. Making reference to the new movie release Despicable Me, from Universal Studios he overcomes the obstacles through the use of a super EAM tool.

Key Point: If you can achieve buy-in from the minions you can achieve anything.

2. Repair, Refurbish or Replacement Maintenance Decisions for Prisons

Author: Stuart Smith

The article discusses the type of detailed information that is required to make sound decisions about repair, refurbish or replacement within a prison system. Knowing what to detail to have is important but is useless unless you have the tools necessary to collect historical information and then produce usable management reports that can view the maintenance history over the lifecycle of the asset.

Key Point: Prisons don’t just need maintenance tools they the capability to use the information to manage assets effectively using an EAM.

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. Baseline and monitor efficiency of compressed air systems

Authors: Bill Scales and Ron Marshall

The authors have put a nice piece that identifies the use of compressed air as a non-efficient source of energy in a plant that is often the biggest end user of a plant’s electricity. Despite its use of energy, there are some things a plant can do to increase efficiencies such making a plan that best understands compressed air as a system and then executing a 7 step action plan detailed in the article.

Key Point: The use of compressed air and its management is often misunderstood and leads to a fair amount of waste.

2. You Don’t Pay for What You Don’t Use

Author: Larry Simpson

Larry’s post reflects the growing importance that total real estate management takes in achieving an environmental sustainable facilities solution. Include in Larry’s post are the importance of understanding how the different components from occupancy planning to maintenance costs play a role in defining operational success.

Key Point: Building and facility management especially over multiple locations takes careful planning and analysis.

3. Energy Efficiency Examples For Your Business

Author: Daniel Stouffer

Daniel discusses the impact of a PEW Center report on Global Climate Change for business that do not wait for EPA regulations before they action. The article discusses some of the low hanging fruit that business can reach for that can curb their carbon footprint.

Key Point: Energy efficiency is directly tied to lowering maintenance costs.

4. Who is in Charge of Maintaining a Building?

Author: Connor R Sullivan

This article discusses a little known public fact about how and where large buildings keep their equipment and supplies to conduct maintenance. Conner describes how mezzanine locations can enable out of sight storage as well as strategic placement of need maintenance support. I like the reference to ghost floors.

Key Point: Have you ever wondered where a skyscraper hides it maintenance staff, critical equipment and supplies? It may not be in the basement but located properly can increase the efficiencies of staff.

What We Learned This Week

This weeks lesson centered around making you have the best information available to make intelligent decisions. Defining the best information is going to be different for every company but it will include a good historical record of past maintenance history. However, the steps are similar, the first step is making sure you have the right tools to collect the necessary information to make your case. Making use of a tool like an EAM system will help validate your decision.