Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Made Easy: How to Evaluate, Select, and Manage CMMS

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jul 19, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 267 pages

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Software programs are increasingly being used to manage and control plant and equipment maintenance in modern manufacturing and service industries. However, 60% to 80% of all programs fail because of poor planning, costing millions of dollars. Written by an expert with over 30 years of experience, this book employs a step by step approach for evaluating the company’s needs then selecting the proper CMMS.


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Chapter 1 Maintenance Management
Chapter 2 Overview of CMMS
Chapter 3 How to Successfully Justify a Computerized Maintenance System
Chapter 4 How to Specify Evaluate and Select a CMMS
Chapter 5 How to Implement a CMMS
Chapter 6 How to AuditOptimize Your CMMS
Chapter 7 Computerized Maintenance Management System and Total Productive Maintenance
Chapter 8 How to Turn Maintainance into a Profit Center

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Page 34 - A local area network (LAN) is a group of computers and associated devices that share a common communications line and typically share the resources of a single processor or server within a small geographic area (for example, within an office building). Usually, the server has applications and data storage that are shared in common by multiple computer users.
Page 34 - A computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of buildings. However, one LAN can be connected to other LANs over any distance via telephone lines and radio waves. A system of LANs connected in this way is called a wide-area network (WAN). Most LANs connect workstations and personal computers. Each node...
Page 86 - A = an end-of-period cash receipt or disbursement in a uniform series continuing for n periods, the entire series equivalent to P or F at interest rate i . G = uniform period-by-period increase in cash flows; the arithmetic gradient.
Page 129 - ... supervisors and personnel, prior to startup. This is to ensure that the system will really work well on the shop floor, rather than just in the data processing department. Investigate the following: training costs, number of training days, training location, and cost of additional training, if required. Modifications Each company operates a little bit differently. A very sophisticated feature in the software for one company may be a limitation for another. The vendor should be able to make the...
Page 123 - How do I find and select the maintenance software that is best for my application?" If a proper logical selection method is not followed, it may result in the acquisition of software which will not satisfy the company's needs, and involve delayed implementation, canceled projects, returned software, and frustration. There are a number of ways to select software. You can rely solely on those programs that you see advertised in popular trade journals. You can call a competitor and ask him about the...
Page 132 - ... Security The program should provide some backup facility to protect against data lost through accident or otherwise. Interfacing The program should have some provision to share appropriate data with another computer, for example, provide a machine readable record of parts cost to the accounting computer. Training Check if the vendor has a provision for training, either at their facility or on site. It is always a good idea to go through a training session provided by the vendor. In the long run,...
Page 129 - ... going to work for you. (It becomes more significant as the majority of the vendors don't supply the source code.) In many instances, using the software for 3-6 months provides you with the opportunity to go into fine details of the program. Now you are getting smarter and are capable of thinking about possible enhancements in the program that will further improve your productivity. At this point, you may be approaching the vendor to explore the feasibility of making those modifications. That...
Page 121 - Will provide the greatest amount of flexibility in program development. • Will best link with existing plant information systems because it can be designed to accommodate the needs of other departmental systems. This flexibility is likely to improve acceptance of the system by managers.
Page 129 - ... vendor to explore the feasibility of making those modifications. That is why it is important for you to make sure the modification service is available. From those vendors who don't provide a copy of the source code, a written contract should be obtained stating that a copy of the source code should be kept with an attorney or some other escrow agent, and the copy of the source code will be made available to the user in the event something happens to the vendor (going out of business, filing...

About the author (2010)

Kishan (Kris) Bagadia, a leading expert on computerized maintenance management systems, provides CMMS consulting to manufacturing and healthcare organizations and conducts maintenance seminars around the world. He is a frequent speaker at industrial organizations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association of Facilities Engineering, and Manufacturing Week Show and Conference, as well as at a number of universities. He makes complex topics easy to understand. He can be contacted at

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