This article looks at how CMMS software can help minimize cable facilities maintenance problems.
Cable Facility Management with a CMMS
Like many other industries, cable mult-system operators (MSO)s often have multiple warehouses and administrative offices. The facility managers for these buildings must maintain them properly to ensure operating costs are always under control as well limit the need for capital expenditures.
Good maintenance practices can lower energy costs by keeping assets in optimal working order, lower the amount of unplanned repairs and also lengthen the useful lifecycle of assets. Good maintenance practices start with knowing where are cable assets are and the condition that they are in and then setting forth a maintenance plan of action to care for them.
Good Cable Maintenance Practices
Typical cable facility assets include, HVAC units, lighting, plumbing, industrial fans, small motors, forklifts, office equipment, power supplies etc. To get the most out of each asset they all need to be scheduled for periodic inspections as well as preventive maintenance.
Example include changing HVAC filters, changing the oil on forklifts, checking for leaks, making sure the roof is clear of debris and so on. All these actions can identify problems before they become major repairs or result in asset failure.
When assets are maintained they require less energy to operate, breakdown fewer times and result in lower labor and repair costs. Keeping track and making sure all assets are properly maintained is best handled using a CMMS system.
How a CMMS Improves Cable Facility Maintenance
Cable CMMS software solutions provide cable facility managers with the tools they need to efficiently and effectively schedule, perform and record all work that is performed on assets. This includes:
- Automating the work request and work order process through the elimination of manual forms.
- State of the art computerized scheduling tools for preventive maintenance and repairs.
- The ability to create cable inspection checklist to ensure all assets are looked on a regular scheduled basis.
- The use of handheld devices to increase mobility as well for the recording the results of work performed.
- Providing management reports that can help identify recurring problems or best maintenance practices.