The biggest step a company can take toward minimizing unexpected equipment failure is to implement a thorough preventive maintenance routine using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) like ManagerPlus. A proactive approach to routine maintenance tasks and inspections is the best way to catch problems when they’re small and take corrective action early, before full-blown breakdowns occur on the shop floor or jobsite.
But what about causes of equipment failure that can’t be easily prevented, like operator error and extreme weather? What can be done to limit the impact of these random causes of downtime?
CMMS solutions can help in these cases too. By centralizing critical equipment data, CMMS solutions make it easy to implement troubleshooting protocols that can help identify the cause of sudden failures, and mobilize the resources necessary to get equipment up and running quickly.
All you need is a solid framework to organize your troubleshooting. The Marshall Institute has established six key elements of maintenance troubleshooting that provide a good start. Here are some tips on how to implement them with a CMMS system.
1. Understand the system
It’s important that maintenance personnel have a solid understanding of the machinery that they’re working on in order to troubleshoot issues effectively. This means that operators must take detailed notes on what happened at the time of a breakdown—what sounds they heard, what they saw, what were they doing when the failure occurred, etc. Continue reading