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This weeks economic news indicates that we are far from the end of the recession. How much longer our economy will suffer is an unknown. In the meantime , it would appear that more and more facilities, governments and industries are finally coming around to realize that getting through these economic times takes more than headcount slashing and a greater understanding of long-term planning, especially for maintenance.

This weeks articles took a look at how an EAM and CMMS can be used to effect long term change. The most popular post of the week was titled Top 10 Hotel Preventive Maintenance Tips demonstrates that focusing on 20% of your assets can result in 80% of the savings or gains that facilities management seeks. 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. Top 10 Hotel Preventive Maintenance Tips

Author: Stuart Smith

This article takes a look at the Pareto principle (80/20 rule) and how it may apply to hotel maintenance management. The 80/20 rule can be seen in how energy is used, where problems are found and most importantly how maintenance management is conducted. The post list ten areas where preventive maintenance is key for hotels.

Key Point: CMMS software for Hotels can help make proactive maintenance 80% of the work orders.

2. Why University Sports Arenas And Stadiums Need a CMMS

Author: Stuart Smith

This post looks at how some universities are handling the budget crunch with respect to maintaining their sports facilities. More and more universities are investing in long term CMMS solutions for the maintenance and care of sports arenas and stadiums.

Key Point: If cash-strapped universities understand the value of a CMMS, shouldn’t all facilities managers?

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. 10 Tips for Restaurants on Saving Money, Energy & the Earth

Author: Nicole C. Hutcheson

Nicole gives a nice list of ten things restaurants can do to save money on energy and utility bills. Tips include planning energy consumption for ice machines during off peak hours, repairing leaks, installing water aerators and other energy and water saving ideas.

Key Point: Nicole’s last item is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Saving energy and water takes conscious thought.

2. 6 Reasons Why No One Is Using Your IWMS

Author: Steven Hanks

Steve points out 6 reasons that IWMS systems may not be used properly. The six reasons can be sub-grouped into two categories. The first is adoption rates are low because the system is not user friendly or no one knows how it really works (training). The second is that the IWMS system is not keeping pace with growth and change within the organization.

Key Point: Any software system requires constant training, support and change management.

3.Design for effective execution.

Author: Derek Norfield

In this long but good article, Derek discusses that regardless of the designs of machines equipment the object is to maximize their usefulness. This is done by making sure that reliability planning is started early in the asset’s lifecycle.

Key Point: Reliability planning includes PMPdM, vibration analysis or other methodologies and making sure you know your assets history of use.

4.Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide, Chapter 4

Author: Posted on Docstop.com

This document was found on docstop and is an excellent overview of CMMS. The article covers what a CMMS is, what a CMMSdoes, Vendor criteria for selecting a CMMS, benefits as well as common pitfalls when implementing.

Key Point: Studies have shown implementing a CMMS solution have resulted in a 25% increase in productivity, decrease of 20% for downtime and material costs and a payback of less than 1.5 years.

5.Why you need world-class motor management and maintenance

Author: Noah Bethel

This article is similar in concept to Derek’s article above. Noah makes a point that effective motor management requires tools such as an EAM or CMMS. He also points out that is critical to manage an assets throughout its entire lifecycle including maintenance and tracking an asset’s history of work.

Key Point: “Optimizing the lifespan of motor assets is now considered an opportunity. Business owners have come to recognize motor reliability as a decisive variable in overall profitability and competitiveness.”

What We Learned This Week

It’s all about planning. Facility, property, plant and university leaders have started to recognize that maintenance planning is an opportunity to reap significant expense savings both current and with long term capital budget needs. The tools of choice are CMMS or EAM based as they help manage an assets entire lifecycle. The use of these tools requires planning, support and commitment. Their results will be felt long after the recession has exited.