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Safety Incentives: How to Motivate Compliance

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Check out our guest blog for OSHA Campus where we explore the recent uptick in OSHA violations and provide some insight into how the trend might reversed: http://www.oshacampus.com/blog/promoting-a-safe-work-culture-disincentives-arent-working/

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As Heat Use Rises, So Do Fire Hazards: Some Checks to Stay Safe This Winter

This past November was colder than usual in the U.S. (though it was exceptionally warm elsewhere in the world), which is likely to prompt increased use of heating devices in facilities and cause a corresponding increase in fire hazards.

According to government research, December fires account for an average of 415 deaths and 1,650 injuries, and are typically 8% more costly than fires occurring during other winter months. Facility managers should take care to double check all fire-related systems and protocols to ensure they’re working properly.

For facilities managers who use CMMS software to track assets and inspections, simple checks of fire detection/alert systems, fire extinguishers, and fire hydrants could spell the difference between zero or a minor incident and a multi-million dollar disaster.

Test alarm and smoke detection systems Continue reading

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Using CMMS to Renegotiate Supplier Contracts: Information is Leverage

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The “Great Recession” had an unexpected impact on the relationship between companies and their suppliers. At the depths of economic despair, companies reported concern for the welfare of their suppliers at roughly the same rate that they expressed worry over their own fortunes. Economic catastrophe, rather than straining these relationships, seems to have strengthened them in many cases.

Two recent trends may reverse that dynamic. One is the strengthening of the U.S. economy in general, and the supplier sector in particular. The most recent Purchasing Manager’s Index, which uses factors like production levels and new orders to gauge the health of suppliers, shows a gradual return to pre-recession levels.

The other trend is the phenomenon known as “re-shoring.” As the price of manufacturing continues to climb in places like China, U.S. companies are beginning to relocate manufacturing to neighboring countries like Mexico, in order to take advantage of lower transportation costs.

Though both trends carry different implications, they’re likely to share at least one common effect: increased prices. Basic economics dictates that increasing demand pushes prices up. And while some suppliers are moving operations to Mexico in a bid to keep costs low, “re-shoring,” may actually reflect a rising low-cost manufacturing baseline.

Thus, the question isn’t whether prices will rise, but by how much. While some inflation is normal amid improving economic conditions, companies should keep a close eye on expenditures and negotiate with suppliers to lock in favorable terms.

To do so, companies need two things: solid information and the right negotiating tactics. Here are some suggestions for both: Continue reading

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ManagerPlus Completes Successful Training Seminar in Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Last month, ManagerPlus hosted clients from a diverse range of companies and organizations for a two-day Pro and Enterprise product training seminar in Clearwater Beach, Florida. ManagerPlus experts Peggy Frazier and Travis Cox were on hand to provide in-depth instruction on proper software configuration and navigation, and provided insights into how the different modules, like reporting, can be best utilized.

Attendees were encouraged to bring their databases, ask detailed questions, and share insights with their peers from different industries. Our clients often bring unique and innovative perspectives, making these sessions highly dynamic and rewarding.

Here’s what our clients had to say about the experience:

The staff was very prepared, professional and helpful. The training material is great. I learned a lot at the seminar that will make my job easier,” Tracy Robinson, Seminole Tribe of Florida.

I really enjoyed the seminar and learning how other companies set their ManagerPlus up. It’s a good way to learn what to do and what not to do,” Gwen Nguyen, Arkansas Secretary of State Continue reading

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ManagerPlus Article Featured in Construction Executive’s Risk Management Publication

Construction Executive, a leading publication for construction professionals, has published an article by ManagerPlus on the high costs associated with work site conflicts. The article is featured in their new Risk Management newsletter. According to research, on-the-job conflicts costs an average of $11,000 per incident. See the full article here: http://bit.ly/1itq9CW


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The What, Why, and How of Barcoding


Barcodes have only been around since the 1960s, yet it would be hard to imagine a world without them. Over the past several decades, barcodes have become an everyday part of life. Everyone is familiar with the little black and white bars that are stamped on seemingly everything—and with the advent of smartphone apps that can scan and read them, barcodes have taken on a new life for consumers who wish to instantly compare product prices, find suppliers, or locate additional product information.

The fact that they’re so familiar, however, makes it easy to overlook—or take for granted—the enormous impact they can have on businesses that still use paper systems, or other outmoded forms of data management, to track assets and inventory.

Together with the right CMMS/EAM solution, barcoding systems can revolutionize a business. But first, it’s vital to understand the different configurations available, and to have the knowledge necessary to persuade key stakeholders that implementing a barcoding system will generate high ROI.

Here’s a breakdown of the “what,” “why,” and “how” of barcoding systems. Continue reading

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Plant Engineering Publishes Machine Safety Article by ManagerPlus


Plant Engineering, a leading publication specializing in plant operations, maintenance, technology, and news, has posted a letter to the editor by ManagerPlus on the subject of machine guarding safety.

The article begins: “At first glance, OSHA’s list of the Top 10 most common citations for 2013 seems to convey good news for machine guarding violations: they have dropped four spots from sixth to 10th compared to last year. Deeper analysis, however, reveals that this drop in rank masks the fact that machine guarding infractions have actually increased by 28 percent over the past year.” Read on here: http://bit.ly/1jkhbmA



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How to Customize Inventory Views and Create Basic Reports in ManagerPlus Enterprise

Centralizing and standardizing parts inventory data is a critical first step toward cutting costs and improving allocation. But without data navigation know-how, this information will be of little use. ManagerPlus was designed with this in mind, offering intuitive controls that make analysis of inventory data quick and easy. We’ve put together a brief guide on how to use “List Grouping,” “Group Footers,” and “Print List”–a few of the ways ManagerPlus makes it easy to group and arrange data for quick insight and basic reporting.

Click on any image to enlarge. Note that your data will vary likely vary from the below examples.

1. Open ManagerPlus and click on the Inventory module


2. Right click anywhere within the Inventory module and select “Show List Grouping” from the menu that appears. A black bar will appear above the parts list with the prompt, “Drag a column header here to group by that column.” Continue reading

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Recycling ROI: What’s Good for the Environment is Good for Business

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As the “green” movement has risen to prominence over the past decade, its mission of environmental consciousness-raising has helped to refine and expand recycling practices. Blue waste bins with the triangle arrow symbol, and the rules governing how trash must be sorted before going into them, are now a commonplace part of home and work life for many people.

For businesses, these basic recycling practices are relatively easy and inexpensive to implement. But that can be a problem: once the blue bins are in place, complacency often sets in, sapping the drive to explore some of the more innovative, larger-scale techniques and technologies that can be, in some cases, as good for the bottom line as they are for the environment.

In honor of America Recycles Day, we’ve researched some of these innovative techniques and technologies, and how they can achieve the dual purpose of cutting costs while substantially reducing environmental impact.

The following are just examples, but they should help illustrate the fact that recycling is an evolving field and new technologies are constantly emerging, so it’s important to stay up to date on the latest developments.

Core Charges

Anyone who works in the fleet industry will be familiar with core charges. When a price is quoted for certain auto parts, Continue reading

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Deer Valley Resort to Be Featured in Leisure and Hospitality International Magazine

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ManagerPlus is pleased to announce that our long-time client Deer Valley Resort will be featured in a forthcoming issue of Leisure and Hospitality International Magazine, a leading trade publication for executives in the travel industry.

Located in Park City, Utah, Deer Valley Resort is a world-class destination for skiers, and offers year-round accommodations for vacationers of all kinds. The resort is comprised of over 15 facilities and surrounding properties, including lodgings, numerous restaurants and shops, ski runs, and more. For over five years, Deer Valley Resort has used ManagerPlus Enterprise to streamline and optimize the maintenance and care of these facilities.

Leisure and Hospitality International Magazine profiles provide an opportunity for a companies like Deer Valley Resort to offer insight into their business philosophy, including the expectations of their customers and how they approach meeting and exceeding them. Past profiles of other companies have included plans for expansion or remodeling, and discussion of competitive strategy. The Deer Valley profile will feature an exclusive interview with the resort’s president and general manager, Robert Wheaton. Continue reading

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