Now that school has started back up in much of the country, businesses and leaders alike have turned their attention back to making sure their companies can survive the economic downturn. To help, We were pleased to announce the kickoff of a Win a Free CMMS Contest to help out a lucky maintenance operation that wants, but cannot afford, CMMS software to better maintenance management.

This weeks articles took a look at how CMMS can benefit almost any industry and also at the importance of a good implementation and training. The most popular post of the week was titled Win a Free CMMS Contest which announced the contest starting August 25, 2010. 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. Win a Free CMMS Contest

Author: Stuart Smith

This post was announcement of a CMMS contest by Mintek. The contest which began August 25, 2010 gives facilities who are struggling to find the monies for a quality CMMS the chance to win a free CMMS valued at over $20,000, for 1 Year. The prize package also includes, 10 User Web and Mobile Licenses for 1 year, set-up implementation services as well as training and support.

Key Point: It is a great opportunity for a company wanting a CMMS solution to get one for free.

2. Why is There CMMS Implementation and Training

Author: Stuart Smith

Implementation costs for software normally approach 33% of the total cost involved in getting the software up and running. Perhaps it is this reason that company’s try to bypass proper implementation and training. Unfortunately, when good implementation and training are not done it is like buying a Porsche without an engine in that all you will end up with is a pretty shell in the driveway.

Key Point: A quality CMMS is more than just a piece of software to be installed on a computer, it is a methodology, a process, a change in the way the organization will operate.

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. Freon leak puts power plant on alert

Author: Patrick Sweet

An interesting article on how a Freon leak from a chiller at a nuclear plant shut down operations. After reading the article, I can’t help but wonder about the quality of preventive maintenance and inspections being performed.

Key Point: How many tragedies started as a result of poor maintenance on a minor piece of equipment?

2. ASHRAE Prompts States To Meet Current Building Energy Codes

Author: Heidi

Heidi’s post touches on recent government incentives to help States meet new federal guidelines for current energy codes.

Key Point: Incentives now – penalties for non compliance can’t be far behind.

3.Justifying the Cost of an IWMS System for your College

Author: Posted on IWMSNEWS

A very well written article pointing out the how Universities and colleges can benefit from viewing their assets as a whole and finding solutions to areas such as space utilization, maintenance and operations and real estate planning. The article also has a very nice breakdown of the costs of operations for colleges.

Key Point: At the core of much of the savings is the use of a CMMS to help with the work order management.

4.Thoughts on Portfolio Sustainability

Author: Eric Kline, Michael Swanstrom

This article discusses some of the crucial factors to consider when selecting a technology solution to support sustainability initiatives. Eric and Michael make a point that value is measured differently for each organization.

Key Point: An IWMS is a good place to start when multiple variables are involved for sustainability.

What We Learned This Week

It is 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.