As we approach the end of July, those of us near the Gulf of Mexico are on a constant lookout for tropical storm systems that can easily ruin a weekend. This weekend many of us will get a little extra rain as TS Bonnie makes her way up the gulf. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that the storm will help speed up the breakdown of oil from the Gulf oil spill disaster and not push unwanted oil onto the shorelines.

We only posted one article this week titled the Improving Asset Maintenance for Industrial Wastewater Systems. The post points out that industrial wastewater treatment is a very important issue for maintaining the quality of groundwater supplies. 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. Improving Asset Maintenance for Industrial Wastewater Systems

Author: Stuart Smith

There is always a lot of buzz concerning municipal water systems and their issues but industrial wastewater management has unique issues due the toxin cleanup that must occur. This article talks about the sources of industrial wastewater, the types of treatment involved and how an EAM/CMMS can help.

Key Point: Industrial wastewater treatment is subject to additional corrosion effects as well as a greater variety of treatment assets.

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. The CMMS Difference

Authors: Leon King

Leon’s article gives a quick look at why CMMS software can help asset intensive facilities. Leon points out the features of a CMMS solution are designed to reduce unplanned downtime by enabling maintenance management to be able to see the maintenance history of equipment as well provide more preventive maintenance.

Key Point: A CMMS program helps make maintenance far more proactive by organizing and automating the work order process.

2. Prevention is better than cure

Author: Richard Rosales

Good article by Richard emphasizing the value of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) as part of the overall preventive maintenance of a facility. Richards article points out the need for a good RCM analysis on equipment to help define when maintenance should be performed.

Key Point: An RCM is a valuable part of a preventive maintenance program and will help staff better understand their equipment.

3. Business and Enterprise Software Resources

Author: n/a

Sometimes we run across good resources for research on EAM and CMMS products. Software Net is a one-stop site for where you can review different software solutions for various needs.

Key Point: A good resource to help you identify products that you may have an interest in.

4. Narrowing The CMMS Field

Author: website

CMMS Global is a site designed to help you better understand your CMMS needs. The site links directly to a questionnaire to help determine the scope of CMMS that might be suited for your company.

Key Point: A web site is just one way to find out information about CMMS. Another is direct contact with an experienced CMMSprovider such as Mintek.

5. CMMS Directory – Maintenance Resources Center

Author: website

CMMS directory helps companies better understand the role of CMMS within a maintenance operation. You can search for a variety of vendors on their site.

Key Point: A web site is just one way to find out information about CMMS. Another is direct contact with an experienced CMMSprovider such as Mintek.

What We Learned This Week

This weeks lesson was actually a result of comments placed on our blog as well as several social networking groups. The comments were all related to our article The Despicable Facilities Manager The interesting part was that of 10 comments or so, facility professionals were all able to relate the post back to their experiences. The lesson is that preventive maintenance and the tracking of work order history is often misunderstood and under appreciated until it saves the day. The challenge for facility managers is how to get this across to the big wigs before major repairs are needed.