The article will describe how inspections as part of a CMMS software solution can help seasonal amusement parks shut down and restart operations efficiently.
The Maintenance Behind Opening an Amusement Park
Every year, sometime in spring amusement parks begin preparations to open to the public. As part of these preparations, maintenance staff must inspect park attractions in great detail to meet all safety guidelines and regulations.
Inspections play a key role in opening an amusement park because assets are not in constant use and are subject to the effects of temperature changes. For example the lack of use may result in lubrication thickening or dry. Another example is extreme temperatures changes cause metal parts to expand and contract causing looseness or possible cracking.
In the examples above, asset failure may be prevented if the problem is detected early enough. If undiscovered, amusement park liability skyrockets as asset failure could cause serious injury or death to park customers.
What Should Be Inspected
Amusement Parks have tens of thousands of assets ranging from lighting to restaurants to roller coasters. Some assets must be inspected and tested thoroughly before opening a park to the public. These include any amusement park ride, safety equipment and assets in common areas as well.
Other assets such as lighting, plumbing, HVAC, compressors, boilers, golf carts, stages etc. should be set for regular scheduled inspections. In all cases, inspections do not end when the park opens but are continued until the park closes.
Once an asset is inspected the results should be recorded and the appropriate preventive maintenance or repair work should be scheduled.
The CMMS Inspection process
Amusement park inspections performed with a CMMS can have a significant positive impact on maintenance costs as well as increase amusement park safety. A CMMS generates an inspection checklist that is sent to the mobile handheld devices of maintenance staff.
Using the handheld, the maintenance staff can see which tasks must be completed for a particular asset. Once the inspection is completed, the results are transmitted back to the maintenance manager for analysis and recommendation. In addition, all results are stored by the CMMS so that results can be compared over time.
Closing the Amusement Park with CMMS Inspections
When the time comes to close the park, the same inspection checklist can be reused. Initial inspection results may indicate capital budget assets to be purchased during the off season. Just as importantly, the CMMS records the results so that Amusement Park maintenance management has a benchmark to make comparisons with in the next year.