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The end of the summer is near for millions of school-age children. With only a few weeks left before school, customers are flocking to amusement parks and theme park destinations. However, between the summer’s hot and humid weather and belt-tightening , we all hope that proper preventive maintenance is being performed. What happens if an amusement park fails to perform maintenance activities such as inspections as well as other preventive maintenance tasks?

Amusement Park Maintenance Concerns

Ongoing CMMS asset tracking for amusement parks is needed because assets are constantly exposed to the elements as well as a summer full of wear and tear. For example, over the course of the summer, hot weather causes metal components to expand. When cooled again metal contracts, the constant expansion and contraction of components will eventually loosen fittings, joints, bolts and so on. Add to this the impact of the summers humidity and rain speeding up the corrosion of assets, one can quickly see how a disaster can easily occur without proper inspection and preventive maintenance activity.

There are numerous other examples that can be cited to cause asset failure or unplanned downtime. The point is, most expensive repairs and downtime can be avoided by making sure that maintenance teams are operating in a proactive environment and not just performing maintenance on a fire-fighting basis.

Effects of Good Amusement Park Maintenance Programs

Amusement parks like any other business operate in a manner that maximizes profit margins. A good amusement park CMMSprogram will help profit margins because it can:

  • Reduce liability from negligence claims, because a CMMS records all maintenance history on assets. This allows management or legal teams to show that proper care was being exercised.
  • Increase customer satisfaction by minimizing unplanned attraction downtime. Better cared for assets breakdown less often. By scheduling proactive maintenance activities with a CMMS solution amusement park management can work around park operations operating hours.
  • Lowering capital expenditures for major repairs or early replacement of revenue producing attractions. Inspections and preventive maintenance keep assets operating more efficiently. As a result, assets that do not require extra energy or struggle to work properly will last longer. Bonus – Using less energy saves on power bills.
  • Decreasing operating costs by reducing labor expenses as a result of a drop in overtime for unplanned repairs, emergency vendor charges and greater work efficiencies. By using CMMS software, maintenance management become proactive and flexible enabling more work to be performed with the same amount of resources.
  • Helping amusement parks stay in compliance. Each State has it’s own laws for safety. Failure to meet safety requirements can have dire consequences beyond amusement park liability issues. In Florida for example, if an owner violates Florida’s ride safety rules they can accrue a fine and have their permit or inspection certificate revoked for a period of no more than one year. Shutting down a popular attraction or park for one year can put a significant dent in revenues.

How a CMMS Works?

CMMS solution works by first creating a central database of asset information. This information includes virtually all asset detail from a physical description to its location, cost, location, value and all associated documents. The centralized database is usually hosted by the CMMS vendor to lower upfront costs and ensure 24/7/365 access.

Once the asset information is in place, a combination of system training and experience helps maintenance managers take back control of the work order lifecycle. This is accomplished by computerizing/automating work requests, inspections and work orders thus eliminating wasted time filling out paperwork. All maintenance activities now become scheduled with the CMMS and the use of handheld devices to perform inspections or record maintenance results is initiated.

CMMS Success Depends on Quality of Inputs

It should be common sense that the output or success of any software is dependent upon the quality of data input. This is the Garbage In-Garbage Out (GIGO) factor. One of the most valuable aspects of a CMMS is its ability to produce reports that help key players manage assets over their entire asset lifecycle. For example, work orders, when completed properly should contain accurate descriptions of the work done, costs, parts, time spent, cause, follow-up items and so on. It is up to amusement park maintenance management to ensure the input is usable.