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Why a CMMS for industrial maintenance?

Why a CMMS for industrial maintenance?

Monday 11 may 2020

Although significant progress has been made in recent years, industrial companies are still far from having completed their digital transformation. This is particularly true for their maintenance services, for which the dissemination of the latest generation CMMS has only just begun.

> Why a CMMS?

Long a pioneer in the field of CMMS compared to real estate maintenance and after-sales services, industrial maintenance has not yet fully embraced mobility, the cloud and data centres, technologies which nevertheless offer considerable productivity and competitiveness gains.

So will the former be the latter? In this article, we take a look at the spread of modern CMMS in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, and we also look at the health sector... You will also find food for thought on the concept of Total Productive Maintenance, the management of spare parts, connected objects in the industry and decision making regarding the replacement of a technical asset in place. Enjoy your reading!

Total Productive Maintenance & CMMS

Here is a revolutionary concept, invented by a Japanese man (50 years ago!) allowing industrial companies to move from reactive maintenance to proactive maintenance combining prevention and forecasting and the commitment of all employees. This is Total Productive Maintenance. It is made up of eight principles, the eight pillars that must be applied in order to make the transition a success. In the article Total Productive Maintenance and CMMS, we present how and why CMMS is essential to the success of this project.

Spare parts management

In any industrial company, the management of spare parts is a delicate process requiring precise management. The waiting time of a missing part can strongly influence the downtime of an equipment. On the other hand, overstocking can lead to capital costs. CMMS will be a valuable aid at all stages of the process of storage, procurement and provision of spare parts. You can find all these advantages in our article: Managing spare parts with CMMS.

IoT: the bright future of maintenance

Everybody has already heard of IoT (Internet of Things) or the technology of connected objects in French that allows everyday objects to interconnect. But were you familiar with IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)? It's the same principle as IoT but for industry. Using sensors, it interconnects industrial equipment with each other and with computer systems. In the article IoT: the bright future of maintenance, we present everything that CMMS can bring you to take full advantage of the implementation of networks of connected objects in production sites.

How does CMMS help the Cosmetics Industry?

Today, the cosmetics sector is one of the pillars of the world economy and the European Union holds the leadership. New challenges arise every year thanks to constant innovation and increasing globalisation. In order to keep production lines in operational conditions, a successful digital transition through the adoption of a modern CMMS will prove to be unavoidable. The article How does CMMS help the Cosmetics Industry? will tell you more about the importance of maintenance software solutions for this industrial sector.

CMMS and the food industry sector

The food industry is one of the heavyweights of the industrial sector. This very specific field has to be able to respond to ever-increasing consumer demands and increased pressure from government regulations. In this field, which is focused on the manufacture of products for human consumption, the health and safety stakes are considerable. A Computerized Maintenance Management solution that is perfectly adapted to the complexities of the technical equipment of production sites must imperatively support and organize the missions of the internal and external technical teams. The article CMMS for the food industry covers the main aspects of the sector and details the benefits of implementing the solution?

CMMS to meet the challenges of the pharmaceutical industry

Medication has always been an integral part of our lives. Quickly becoming an industry, this sector in constant search of innovation is highly regulated in order to protect the health of the consumer. In order to produce a pharmaceutical product, a number of very strict standards and conformity requirements must be met, but also Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) must be followed. The article CMMS to meet the challenges of the pharmaceutical industry demonstrates how CMMS will become a vital link in the drug production chain through its ability to improve the work of technical teams, limit machine downtime and fully support the processes required to comply with standards. This is a sector where it is by no means possible to do without it.

CMMS in the medical sector

Hospitals, clinics, EHPADs, laboratories have more and more technical equipment; more and more indispensable and more and more sophisticated. Used daily by medical staff, they are becoming augmented reality tools for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. More recently, new connected devices have been added to equipment such as scanners and MRI scanners. They provide considerable assistance to doctors and healthcare personnel and their perfect functioning is essential for the safety and health of patients and the continuity of service. The proliferation of technical equipment makes their maintenance increasingly delicate. It requires more precise planning, better monitoring and better management of the people involved. The article CMMS in the medical sector covers all the contributions of CMMS in the health sector.

Aeronautics industry & CMMS

The global aerosnautics market reached a value of nearly $343 billion in 2019, after growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of more than 3% over the previous 5 years. These figures are given before the covid-19 crisis. Future values will of course have to be corrected downwards, although it is not yet clear to what extent.

The aeronautics market consists, on the one hand, of the sale of equipment, primarily aircraft, but also airport infrastructures such as control towers, radars and all associated equipment, and, on the other hand, of services directly related to it: maintenance, repair, overhaul and support services.

CMMS therefore play a twofold essential role here, both in the equipment production phases, to maintain production lines in operational conditions, and to ensure the maintenance of equipment in use. The criticality of this industry concerning passenger safety conditions requires the deployment of specialized, robust, high-performance CMMS that guarantee rapid appropriation by the maintenance players in this demanding sector.

Autonomous maintenance & CMMS

Industrial companies increasingly entrust certain maintenance actions, generally the simplest ones, directly to the operators who use the machines: this is called autonomous maintenance. Autonomous maintenance guarantees better care of the equipment, increases operator involvement and frees up maintenance teams to carry out more technically complex tasks. In short, it's as if, before starting your car, you take a look under the hood to check that everything is fine: the risk of breakdown will decrease and you won't constantly bother your mechanic for minor defects. This monitoring carried out daily or even several times a day will generate an enormous amount of data, which must be processed, analyzed and integrated into the monitoring of the life of the equipment. This is where a CMMS proves to be indispensable: find out more in our article


FMECA analysis, i.e. the examination of the failure modes of an industrial equipment, its effects and criticality, makes it possible to identify and catalog the types of failures that the machines of a production line may suffer, to list the consequences of the occurrence of these failures and, taking into account the criticality of each piece of equipment, to direct preventive maintenance actions to the most appropriate needs. This study implies, on the one hand, being able to easily have up-to-date data on the equipment and, on the other hand, being able to continuously continue the study, taking into account the effect of the actions implemented following the FMECA analysis. This is why a FMECA analysis cannot be conducted without CMMS.

The importance of preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance and periodic monitoring of equipment bring many benefits to companies. Discover them in this article: significant return on investment, increased equipment life, increased productivity, motivation and safety of technical teams, quality of service, but also a reduction in unscheduled shutdowns, urgent requests, repair times, and even energy consumption.


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