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Proper Implementation of CMMS

Proper Implementation of CMMS

Proper Implementation of CMMS

Good day!

Could someone help me on how would I implement CMMS? What are the things that I need to consider in order to make it properly done?

RE: Proper Implementation of CMMS

The big thing in my mind to consider is getting every one on board with the change. If a CMMS is not maintained and adapted it will sink.

I would start with parts, you need them entered in order to properly track work orders and equipment expenses. After you have your parts entered, i would look at doing on demand Work orders. After you have both these going fine for a month or two, then add Preventative Maintenance.

You can do this faster, if you have a team that is receptive to this change.

Good Luck!


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RE: Proper Implementation of CMMS

Thanks for the info BAnderson.

RE: Proper Implementation of CMMS

It really depends on what system you are implementing as some systems do more then others and hangs on the scope of the project and current situation.

However as a general rule of thumb with middle to higher end CMMS systems:

1. Make sure your asset structure is solid with excellent coding.  This is the most difficult task many EAM implementations.  Without proper equipment structure the entire anlysis side is voided.

2. Take a top down approach to the scoping and a bottom up approach to the implementing.  It is very important to know the information required (MTBF, MTRS, Failure analysis) before defining the process in which the program will aquire data.  If not you can find yourself with an implemented CMMS/EAM that does not produce the information you need to make your decitions.

3. Security and permissions, make absolutely sure that nobody is allowed to do anything they shouldn't.  An example is to give a maintenance tech access to modify, include and delete assets.  This will drive your financial people crazy, can corrupt the systems costing and reports.

These are the three most common areas of implementation failures I have seen.  Second only to not having a PM that is able to gather support for the project, however not having support for the project tends to lead to the erros mentioned above.

Hope that helps bud, last piece of advice I can give you is make sure you take pictures of yourself and send them to your family, also buy a very big bottle of advil.

RE: Proper Implementation of CMMS

Of course these helps a lot! Thank you very much for the advice pschumac2. Any other advice?

RE: Proper Implementation of CMMS

I agree with all the above information provided. I have helped implement a couple CMMS programs before and the biggest things I would encourage anyone to consider is buying the right program for the job and getting buy in from all who will be using the program. With those first two things in line, implementation should be off to a good start. If you have not purchased yet, consider web based programs vs server based programs. I used Performance Plus CMMS  "www.performancemms.com" for all of my installs. It is a web based program that is easy to use and train people on. As for implementation, hold people accountable for using the program or it will fail! Good Luck

RE: Proper Implementation of CMMS

Thanks blmusmc, that helps a lot.

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