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Humidity: How It Can Affect Facilities and What to Do About It

Recent years have seen record setting temperatures—both high and low—across the globe, posing unique challenges for facility managers. Temperature alone, however, can be a superficial measure of facility climate. Humidity is as important as raw temperature data for facility managers, as moisture levels that are too high or too low can cause serious problems for the people, machines and products associated with facilities. Facility managers must maintain humidity levels to ensure that people are comfortable and safe from toxic molds and slick floors and surfaces. Machines and products must also be protected from damaging extremes of temperature and moisture in order to extend their useful life and prevent dangerous, costly malfunctions.

Here are a few checks and tips for regulating humidity:

+ What to look for. Managers should be sure to include routine checks for cracks and other openings that may be allowing air to flow into facilities and alter humidity Continue reading

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Guest Blog: One More Pallet on the Importance of Maintenance

Our guest blog this week comes from One More Pallet, an innovative freight and shipping company, who provide a breakdown of the key arguments in favor of a thorough, proactive maintenance routine.

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By Max Snyder

No matter what type of firm you are, maintenance is key.

For this blog, I have decided to highlight two important types of maintenance.

  1. Equipment maintenance
  2. Workforce maintenance

(There are others: budgeting, managing inventory, scheduling, etc.)

These two core assets, equipment and workforce, also support your operations, another important area of maintenance. It is easy to put off maintenance as something that is second priority. However, this is the wrong decision.

Here are a few comparisons:

A wise body builder once told me: “It’s easier to maintain your physical stature than it is to regain it.” Continue reading

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Guest Blog: CPM Industries on the Importance of Maintenance

Our guest blog this week comes from CPM Industries, a leading manufacturer of prototype, short-run, and low-volume castings in ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. 

CPM logoThe manufacturing industry and every company within the industry relies on some type of machine or tool to be successful. CPM Industries lies within the manufacturing industry and is a perfect example of a company that relies on a machine. CPM Industries is a privately held, ISO Certified, company located in the greater Chicago area that produces turnkey prototype and short-run production parts for its clients using a method known as sand casting. Sand casting involves creating a mold, or pattern, of the part to be created and using that mold to form the shape of the part in sand. The sand is chemically bonded allowing the sand to hold the shape of the part long after the pattern is removed. Once the desired shape is in the sand, molten metal is poured into the sand and allowed to cool forming the shape of the desired part (there is much more to the sand casting process than explained, for further details on sand casting please visit our website). Continue reading

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ManagerPlus Launches Wellness Initiative

This month, ManagerPlus launched its new wellness program with a Biometric Screening event. Nurses from St. Mark’s Hospital were on hand to test employees’ cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass, and more. Employees will now have the information they need to select a ‘heart challenge’ program that they will follow over six weeks.

The wellness program represents ManagerPlus’ commitment to employee health, and has already been a hit with employees. Other program initiatives include group walks, a monthly fresh fruit day, information on healthy habits, and other activities and incentives.

Check out these photos from the biometric screening:

Biometric pics 3 Biometric screening 1 Biometric Screening 2

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Maintenance Software: Key ROI Drivers Part 2

Part 2 of 2

ROI remains a key concern for businesses around the world as they navigate the uncertainties of today’s volatile economic conditions. Keeping detailed track of asset maintenance and data is critical for businesses who want to determine exactly what their assets are costing them to maintain, and how their value can be maximized.

In our previous installment, the maintenance experts at ManagerPlus discussed five of the top ten reasons why maintenance software is an excellent investment. For part two, we will round out the list with reasons five through one, providing industry research, data and our expert insights for each.

5. Standardization. According to one definition, standardization is the process whereby businesses work “to reach the optimal technical and economical solution to recurrent problems.” Businesses that implement standard best practices throughout their operations are able to achieve substantial cost savings and improve the quality and consistency of the products and/or services they provide.  A study comprising some 680 companies in 10 industries concluded in part that “the businesses surveyed rate the effects of standardization on transaction costs as positive, indicating that transaction costs drop considerably as a result of standards, since they make information available and they are accessible to all interested parties.” Continue reading

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Maintaining Corrugated Roofs: Preventing White Rust

ManagerPlus is pleased to kick off our new guest blog series with this excellent piece on white rust prevention by Corrugated Metals, Inc. Check back regularly for more expert content covering a broad range of industries.

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+Corrugated roofing and siding is popular with homeowners and businesses alike, thanks to beneficial attributes such as long life, easy installation, and low maintenance requirements.  Most corrugated products are made from galvanized steel.  Galvanization is the process of applying a thin layer of zinc on the surface of the metal to protect it from rust (oxidization) and corrosion.

Galvanized steel products are designed to last for many years in roofing and siding applications.  However, it is very important to know that packaged bundles of corrugated products must be stored indoors, in a dry environment. Improper storage of stacked sheets (i.e. outdoors, or in environments where moisture can form between sheets) exposes galvanized steel to white zinc corrosion, or “white rust”. White rust is the result of electrolytic action which takes place between the steel sheets when water exists without oxygen. Continue reading

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Maintenance Software by the Numbers: Key ROI Drivers Pt. 1

Part 1 of 2

ROI is one of the top concerns for businesses as they consider implementing a maintenance software system to track their assets, inventory and labor.

A wealth of data and research has been compiled on the diverse ways that maintenance software can help businesses achieve mission-critical initiatives and maximize ROI. To organize and clarify this research, and illustrate the implications for different facets of businesses, the experts at ManagerPlus have put together a top ten ranking of key ROI drivers that can be achieved using CMMS.

For the first installment, we will explore initiatives 10-6. A follow-up installment will round out our list with initiatives 5-1.

10. Going Paperless

According to an analysis by INC Magazine, it can cost $20 to file a document, $120 to find a misplaced document, and $250 if the document is lost and must be replaced. According to another study, it costs approximately $25,000 to fill the average four-drawer file cabinet with paper, and a further $2,000 per year to maintain the cabinet once it’s been filled.

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5 Ways Maintenance Software Can Reduce Fleet Costs

Labor, tires, and ever-fluctuating gas prices have all been steadily adding to the overall cost of maintaining fleets in recent years. Fortunately for fleet managers, there has also been a number of countervailing technological innovations that, if implemented effectively, can help combat rising costs. Maintenance management software makes implementing these measures much easier, while also providing mission-critical information on overall costs that can improve decisions about fleet lifecycles.

Here are 5 ways to use maintenance management software to make fleets more efficient and increase uptime:

1. Fine-tune tire pressure, balance and replacement cycles. It’s obvious that the cost of tires has risen steeply in recent years. What’s less obvious, however, is what can be done about it. Some fleet managers have responded by extending their tire replacement cycle—sometimes up to a year or two above normal. This, however, is a risky strategy. The increased threat of a blowout leaves drivers less safe, and when blowouts do occur, they often require roadside repairs that are, on average, much costlier than routine maintenance. Continue reading

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Studies Illustrate the Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

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Potholes, divots, cracks and disintegrating, crumbling roads rank with traffic and car failure as the biggest annoyances that drivers face on a daily basis. But for public transportation departments, these are more than mere problems: they jeopardize the safety of travelers and cost millions to fix.

Over the past several decades, studies of road and bridge maintenance have come to an important conclusion: a preventive maintenance regimen, implemented early in the life of a road or bridge, can be up to six-times more cost effective than reactive/emergency-based maintenance.

Some of the other key findings include:

+The Michigan Department of Transportation (DOT) saved an estimated $700 million in maintenance costs after implementing a preventive maintenance program for their roads. These results were analyzed and confirmed by an independent third-party consultant. Continue reading

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5 Ways Maintenance Software Can Help Increase ROI on Pumps

The trade publication Modern Pumping Today recently released a comprehensive 4-part series on pump maintenance that every plant and facility manager—and anyone else who works with pumps, should see. The series offers numerous maintenance tips that every plant and facility should incorporate into scheduled equipment management routines with the aid of maintenance software. Given that pumps consume some 60% of motor related-energy at most plants, maintaining them properly can have a significant impact on overall operational costs.

We’ve picked out five standout findings from the research and offered our take on how/why they should be implemented using a robust maintenance software platform like ManagerPlus.

1. Initial purchase price represents just 10% of total pump cost on average; maintenance accounts for 20%. Continue reading

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