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I am positive that the kickoff of the new college football season has caught some attention, but I wonder how many people noticed that there was another oil platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico this week leaking more oil. Regardless of what caught your attention, there is always asset management to be done.

This weeks article Does EAM Document Handling Save Time and Money? took a look at how poor document management can prove to be a huge bottleneck to facilities maintenance operations. Without good document management automated work orders can lose their efficiency gains if work is delayed because the warranty, schematics or other key documents cannot be located timely. 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. Does EAM Document Handling Save Time and Money?

Author: Stuart Smith

Document handling for assets is one of the more mundane yet important task that facility managers must deal with. The ability of an EAM to attach documents to assets cuts down on the tremendous waste of time that occurs trying to locate critical information. The average cost to locate a document is $20 – how much are you spending?

Key Point: If you are going to automate your maintenance functions then take the final two steps to organize and computerize the associated contracts, warranties etc.

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. The growing value of a CMMS

Author: David Berger, P.Eng.

David’s article talks about how CMMS software is coming to age. He highlights the reasons by looking at how technology investments require better care, increased energy awareness, the need to measure results and regulatory pressures. David also includes a nice chart of the type of savings a facility can expect across various areas.

Key Point: The value of a CMMS that can be used to maximize asset availability, reliability and performance, while minimizing total cost of ownership for every asset class across your enterprise.

2. Integrating CMMS with Other Building Systems

Author: Lindsay Audin

A good article by Mr. Audin that talks about the growing role of a CMMS. Lindsay points out that the CMMS of old which was used for primarily scheduling maintenance is evolving to integrate with predictive and other monitoring technologies as well as an ever increasing role for sustainability monitoring.

Key Point: As technology evolves and new issues such as energy reporting develop, a CMMS should also evolve in its capabilities.

3.Quick 5 tips for backlog management

Author: Daryl Mather

In this article by Daryl, he discusses 5 tips for addressing the backlog of work orders. His tips include, the separation of duties, planning all work, scheduling to capacity, prioritizing and review.

Key Point: Backlog will not go away on their own and require a conscious effort to reduce or get under control.

4.Investing in Building Efficiency is Smart As Well As Green

Author: Daniel Stouffer

Daniels article recognizes the growing importance of going green not only for energy efficiency but also to meet the changing market need of consumers who have an increased awareness of sustainability issues.

Key Point: Those who wait to jump on this bandwagon may be acting too late.

What We Learned This Week

This weeks top EAM and CMMS articles make it clear that CMMS and EAM software has to evolve to meet new market demands. CMMS software that can only automate the work order process and not enough to handle the increase pressure to meet sustainability issues or incorporate growing predictive technologies. This does not necessarily mean you need a new system but it does suggest that you make sure you are getting the most out of the system you have and are looking for upgraded capabilities.