School resumes soon, but before they return many students and families will use these last few weeks to enjoy our nations amusement parks. We hope that everyone finishes the summer safely and that parks have been maintained properly.

This weeks articles took a look at how an EAM and CMMS actually work. With this theme in mind this weeks articles discussed how Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is used to amplify the benefits of EAM and CMMS functionality. The most popular post of the week was titled What does SaaS mean? How can it save me money? will give everyone a better understanding of what SaaS is. 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. What does SaaS mean? How can it save me money?

Author: Chris Kluis

In industries full of acronyms, Chris explains what Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is, some of the issues that people are confused about and finishes with a detailed explanation of how SaaS solution achieves a cost savings for customers.

Key Point: It is important to look at the long term benefits of SaaS as well as the impact on your cash flows.

2. How EAM features will improve your MRO Bottom Line

Author: Stuart Smith

This post breaks down an EAM into its core competencies of CMMS functionality and enterprise level applications for the management of assets over their entire lifecycle. CMMS core functions explain how an EAM will achieve expense savings. EAMapplications determines how the system can be used.

Key Point: Core functionality of a CMMS should be the first thing facility managers look for when shopping for an EAM.

3. What If An Amusement Park ….?

Author: Stuart Smith

The month of August represents the last opportunity for many school age children to frolic at a theme park. The article points out that it is also the time of the year that corrosion and wear can easily appear. Proper maintenance is critical to avoid accidents and liability.

Key Point: Reduced liability, customer satisfaction, lower operating costs and compliance issues are just some of the ways CMMS software can benefit amusement parks.

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. How to get the most out of your CMMS

Author: Posted on PM-PdM Technology

Posted on PM-PdM website, this article echoes many of article previously posted on our blog. The article discusses the keys to successful CMMS use includes; making sure you have buy-in from maintenance staff, equipment users and management. Buy-in alone is not enough, facilities must also take the time to ensure a good implementation with training and initial database set up.

Key Point: Software will not implement itself.

2. Effective planning and scheduling

Author: David Berger, P.E.

David’s post talk about the importance of both planning and scheduling to move maintenance operations away from reactive/firefighting mode of maintenance. David goes on to discuss the roles of both the planner and the scheduler.

Key Point: Planning occurs before scheduling if a facility is to use its CMMS to it’s best advantage.

3. Embedded Condition Monitoring and Remote

Author: Adam Krug

Adam talks about the need for condition monitoring for critical motors and motor loads in plants. The reason is visual inspections cannot determine if there are potential issues inside the motors. The article goes on to cover how different technologies can be applied.

Key Point: Early identification of motor issues will extend their lifecycles and reduce motor inefficiencies.

4. Facility Training vs. Unemployment Checks

Author: Heidi

Heidi’s post points out that despite record unemployment levels there are a growing number of opportunities for facilities professionals. Heidi quotes the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) as the issue is skill related and States should be doing more to retain potential employees.

Key Point: Although I am not sure I agree with the assertion that is it the States responsibility to do more training, the issue of a disappearing knowledge base is something all facility professionals should be concerned about.

What We Learned This Week

Implementing an EAM/CMMS requires an understanding of the work flows and knowing what your true pain is. Whether you use the system to increase efficiencies , lower labor costs or to build a knowledge base to offset skilled labor shortage the key thinking through your plan.