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How does your facility monitor its asset’s life cycle? How do your engineers track work orders, work requests, and request new ones? Do you know how much your facility spends on maintenance each year?

These are questions that some facility owners can answer and there are some that can’t pending on the plan in place to track these tasks and their workers.

A CMMS can maintain electronic databases of information about the maintenance operations of an organization. CMMS is traditionally used to schedule and dispatch work, improve efficiency, help management make more information decisions, to support regulatory compliance, and much more.

Implementing a CMMS into your facility can eleviate the ‘guesswork’ when it comes to your assets and have provable and trackable work order information that can be retrieved at any point on any asset. CMMS’s have advanced over the years, so let’s take a look at the 5 top trends in CMMS now that could be useful to your facility.

What should be included in your CMMS?

Here are the top trends in CMMS today that should be considered when implementing a new EAM CMMS plan.

  1. Compliance and Safety – Attach documents to records, track critical inventory, auto-generate and track compliance PMs, generate compliance reports and dashboards, track compliance and safety work requests, and automate email alerts.
  2. Mobile CMMS Maintenance – Eliminating a paper-based solution and the ability to stay ‘connected’ to your assets; reduce data entry time, speed up work execution, access real-time trackig and reporting, view data anytime, anywhere, and proof of presence with your engineers.
  3. Multi-location Data Sharing – Connect with multiple properties and multiple engineers through one mobile solution and the ability to sync work and upload it immediately to your managers.
  4. IoT – 50 billion machines will be connected on in the internet by 2020 according to General Electric so it makes sense that CMMS’s will be integrated with monitoring tools and sensors. These sensors and tools can help with financial systems, run-time data, ERP systems, and oil and fluid analysis data.
  5. Prescriptive Maintenance – Moving that needle from reactive to prescriptive maintenance; prescriptive maintenance means once failure is predicted, solutions are provided to idnetify what actions to take to improve the outcome. Machine learning for example could be the next level at predictive analysis leading to prescriptive maintenance.

These trends are just a few of the advantages of implementing a CMMS into your facility. Below are a more more advantages to having a plan in place to replace your reactive approach to a preventive and eventually predictive approach.

A CMMS provides facility managers with the ability to:

  1. Establish a knowledge database of all assets, so they know what their assets are, their location and condition
  2. Schedule inspections and maintenance on any asset
  3. Track work results of all work performed
  4. Provide resort management with reports indicating the remaining expected useful life
  5. Understand their maintenance backlog situation and ensure no asset is overlooked
  6. Provide documentation of asset work history that can help mitigate claims from accidents

Be proactive and have a preventive approach when it comes to your facility maintenance plan.