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8 Tough Questions About Equipment Life Answered with CMMS

8 tough questions CONEXPO

As we prepare for this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in Las Vegas (come see us at booth #63910!), we have been looking at the many ways that our CMMS solutions can help maximize equipment ROI, reduce dependance on paper-based systems, and ensure that critical inspections are being performed consistently and on-time.

A recent issue of CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s Constructive Thoughts newsletter provides an excellent framework for examining these benefits point for point. In order to make solid decisions about when to repair or replace equipment, they suggest that companies ask themselves “8 tough questions” first.

Check out our breakdown of how ManagerPlus CMMS solutions can help companies answer them:

1. “Do you know your CPH at the serial number level?”

One of the leading drivers of ManagerPlus CMMS ROI is detailed reporting capability. With a couple of clicks, managers can find all the information they need to calculate CPH for each asset’s serial number. Paper-based systems and spreadsheet solutions are cumbersome and unreliable. Centralizing asset tracking means that this information will be entered consistently across an organization’s operations, and make it available for quick access. Continue reading

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Is Your Power ‘Leaking’? Fix It with Preventive Maintenance Software

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Spotting leaks in most types of equipment is typically easy: fluid can be seen pooling on the ground or accumulating on other components. When it comes to power usage, however, many companies may not think in terms of the potential for a ‘leak,’ causing them to throw away money on needlessly wasted power without realizing it.

Part of the challenge is that power leakages often have multiple causes, and correcting them entails more than patching a hole in a pipe. Companies looking to become more proactive about power leaks should focus on three keys areas: performing regular energy audits, implementing power-saving equipment, and establishing employee protocols for limiting power use. With the right preventive maintenance software, these objectives will be easy to achieve.

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4 Ways To Save Time and Money on Lighting

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By Guest Contributor Andrea Vollf

The famous phrase used by Benjamin Franklin in Advice to a Young Tradesman, “Time is Money”, has never been as accurate as it is in today’s world. While we watch all the changes that are happening in the economy worldwide, causing people to lose their jobs and homes, technology continues to evolve and new products that can save us time and money keep popping on a daily basis.

In the commercial arena, we are noticing a lot of improvements in the energy sector, especially when it comes to lighting as it represents up to 40% of a typical building’s overall energy costs. Building owners, facility managers, even outside contractors performing custodial tasks, have one goal in mind: reduce energy costs without compromising the overall performance of the building. If you are looking for a better way to save time and money with repair and maintenance costs, those are the things you should be focusing on:

  1. Adopt a more energy efficient lighting system— Since governments around the world have passed measures to phase out incandescent light bulbs for general lighting in favor of more energy-efficient lighting alternatives, the market started focusing more on halogen, CFL, and LED lighting solutions. While compact fluorescent lighting can save up to 75% of energy consumption when compared to incandescent lighting, you can bring your energy costs down even further by replacing your current CFL lights with LED (Light Emitting Diodes) bulbs. For a better understanding of how much you can save by replacing your current lighting with LED, take a look at this calculator provided by livingled. Continue reading
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Preventing Machine Malfunction Injuries with Training and Maintenance

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A basic Google search on injuries stemming from malfunctioning equipment will tell you almost everything you need to know about them without having to click a single link: most of the results are for law firms that specialize in  extracting maximum compensation for workers who are hurt on the job.

Poorly maintained equipment can breakdown suddenly, causing serious injury and leaving the company at fault. Check out my insights on this issue, as well as some ways to prevent these incidents, in my latest guest blog for OSHAcampus.com: http://www.oshacampus.com/blog/preventing-machine-malfunction-injuries-with-training-and-maintenance/

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2 Keys for Protecting Fleets from Freezing Temperatures with Fleet Management Software

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As the “polar vortex” continues to pummel large parts of the U.S. with freezing air from the North Pole, standard winterization measures may prove inadequate to protect fleets from record-breaking low temperatures.

In order to keep vehicles running in weather cold enough to freeze boiling water in midair, fleet managers must ensure that batteries, fluids and tires are adequately maintained and protected.

For companies that use fleet management software to organize their maintenance, special winterization schedules can be created to cope with the unusual challenges brought on by unpredictable conditions like the polar vortex.

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Guest Blog: Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, An Overview of 29 CFR 1926

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OSHA estimates that 3,945 workers died in 2012, 775 or 19.6 percent of whom were working in the construction industry when they experienced accidents linked to falls, struck-by objects, electrocution and caught-in/between hazards also known as the Fatal Four. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three out of these fatal four accidents were linked to Construction deaths.

But do these needless accidents and injuries have to happen? Per OSHA, if workplaces strive to prevent these Fatal Four, 435 workers’ lives will be saved annually. How can employers accomplish this? It’s by ensuring strict compliance with OSHA standards and regulations, training employees, and creating a culture of safety.

The 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1926 is the OSHA Standard governing the Construction industries. The CFR is basically a codification of all OSHA standards (the 29 CFR 1926 is one of these codes); each volume is updated every year. The code encompasses everything employers and workers need to know about the Construction industry, from operating cranes and forklifts to fall protection and material handling to name a few.

One can refer to OSHA’s Outreach Training (which students can take online or in a classroom) which is voluntary Continue reading

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2 Ways to Minimize IT Outage Costs with CMMS Software

CMMS Software and IT Outages

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Exponential growth in technology has made IT uptime mission critical for facilities managers, and not just those who work in traditionally data-intensive industries like finance, telecommunications, and e-commerce. A recent survey revealed that growth has been strongest in industries like hospitality, public works, and transportation, which have seen their dependence on data centers more than double since 2010. And fully 92% of decision makers at major companies have said that they will “definitely or probably” expand their IT infrastructure.

This means that facilities managers who may have little prior experience with the demands of IT maintenance must contend with the huge consequences associated with failures in these systems: data center downtime alone can cost nearly $1,000 per minute at a minimum, and can reach as high as $16,000 per minute in the worst cases. Continue reading

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Top Ten ManagerPlus Blogs of the Year

Happy New Year!

We explored a wide range of topics, and provided a variety of perspectives and insights on this blog over the past year–this post marks our 80th installment! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up our top ten favorite posts of the year.

Take a look and check out any that you might have missed, and be sure to check back here regularly throughout 2014, we’ve got some great content in the pipeline, so don’t miss out!

2013 Top Ten ManagerPlus Blogs

1. Six Reasons to Ditch Spreadsheets for a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

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

3. Maintenance Software: Key ROI Drivers Part 2

4. 5 Ways Maintenance Software Can Reduce Fleet Costs

5. 4 Reasons Every Contractor Should Use CMMS Software

6. Using CMMS to Renegotiate Supplier Contracts: Information is Leverage

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

8. The Value of Using EAM for Equipment Data Standardization (1/2)

9. The Value of Using EAM Software for Standardization (2/2)

10. How to Measure the Efficiency of Your Maintenance Program

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OSHA Proposes Rulemaking to Improve Tracking Measures for Worker Injuries and Illness Incidences

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a new rule to improve the monitoring of incidences of workplace injuries and illnesses across American workplaces, according to an OSHA news release published last November. The announcement came on the heels of the Bureau of Labor Statistics release of its 2013 Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which revealed that the worker injury toll last year had reached 3 million.

According to OSHA Assistant Labor Secretary Dr. David Michaels the proposed rulemaking will improve stakeholders’ and employees’ access to data that will help them create and implement new programs that will improve their emergency response and preventive measures against workplace hazards. Michaels noted that the proposed new rule basically imposes on employer’s responsibilities in transmitting records of the incidences to OSHA, and does not modify record requirements per se.

What exactly are the provisions of the proposed rule? Here’s a summary based on OSHA’s news release:

  • The electronic transmission of summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA on a quarterly basis for employers with over 250 workers, in pursuance of Part 1904 of existing standards. The report submission should be done annually for workplaces with 20 workers.
  • The availability of such reports will be augmented with the timely posting of the reports online, in accordance to President Obama’s Open Government Initiative, which aims to establish a participatory and transparent government-and-public relationship.
  • Streamlining the monitoring process by categorizing injury and illness reports based on establishments, high risk workplaces, and industry injury rates.

As with most proposed rulemaking, the public can comment on the proposal for 90 days (until February 6, 2014).

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established OSHA to ensure workers’ rights to safe and healthful workplace. Visit OSHA.gov or stay tuned for more of our blog posts for more OSHA news and updates.

Author Bio:

F. Marie Athey, OHST has been with OSHAcampus.com since 2012 as the company’s Occupational Health and Safety Technologist. As our OSHA Outreach instructor, Marie is in charge of designing the coursework, answer student inquiries, and teaching 10 or 30-hour Outreach Training Classes for General Industries and Construction Safety. Her teaching credits also include being an instructor for First Aid/CPR/AED and HAZWOPER. She is also an esteemed speaker and presenter for Risk Management seminars and conferences for a wide range of industries.

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Happy Holidays from ManagerPlus!

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The team at ManagerPlus would like to wish you a very happy holiday season! This past year saw a lot of exciting developments for us, including big advances in our products and services, and the addition of talented new staff members who helped make 2013 a great year. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to help our clients across a range of industries streamline their asset management processes, increase ROI, and save costs.

We’re excited to hit the ground running in 2014 and look forward to helping more businesses succeed with our best-in-class software, services and support. There are a lot of exciting events ahead, so be sure to stay current on all the latest!

We would like to wish you every success this coming year, and extend our deepest thanks for helping us grow and develop into the company we are today. Here’s to the great year behind us and the year ahead, which promises to be the best yet!

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