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7 Reasons to Go Mobile with Your CMMS

As technology rapidly evolves worldwide, the value of mobile communication and fulfilment strategies are becoming more apparent to organizations whose employees are always in the field. Enterprises are now mobilizing and automating workflow to make stressful field jobs easy and efficient. Mobile CMMS is gaining popularity in fleet and facility maintenance for improving the quality of work and accelerating maintenance tasks. Check out these seven ways mobile CMMS has revolutionized production maintenance:

1. Keeps Workflow Fast & Efficient

The main performance indicator in any production facility is the ability to get work done in a fast and efficient manner and to accomplish this, equipment should be up and running round-the-clock. With the advent of mobile CMMS, technicians are assigned their work on the field, keeping the workflow uniform, consistent, and efficient. With a mobile device, teams are equipped to signal equipment failures and send pictures from the field, helping to close work orders quicker. This not only reduces the transit time between the field and the office but also saves time and improves the quality of work.

2. Streamlines Processes & Reduces Errors

Most maintenance jobs are reactive which requires the tech crew to act immediately. Having a mobile CMMS makes it easy to coordinate and communicate issues instantly for faster problem resolution. When data is available in real-time, the team knows exactly what went wrong and what needs to be done. A mobile CMMS makes it easy to relay information in case of breakdown and get reactive work done effectively and efficiently without lugging around a confusing manual.

3. Provides Information On-The-Go

The biggest challenge faced by a facility manager is when he knows that there is a critical issue and he needs to call a dispatcher immediately to get things back on track. But before he does that, he needs to create a work order, send it across to a technician, ensure that he has received the hard copy and wait for him to confirm the issue. A mobile CMMS accelerates work routing and dispatching to reduce downtime.

4. Eliminates Paperwork & Maximizes Productivity

Maintenance technicians spend a lot of time recording work which could otherwise be invested on actual remediation and maintenance. A mobile CMMS can drastically reduce the time your tech crew spends writing reports and finding work-requests. Manual records can be difficult to locate but when you have easy access to a master database that stores everything from service warranties to schematics, you don’t have to waste time searching for records in filing cabinets. With a convenient, handheld device, you have all the data at your fingertips.

5. Improves Accuracy

Performing inspections and noting down every detail at the same time can lead to inaccuracy and errors. Tracking errors and meeting compliance standards needs accurate reporting of data which often suffers when information is not synchronized. With a mobile CMMS, a field technician is not required to collect readings manually. It works like an electronic clipboard where technicians can scan bar codes, run inspections and record readings which ensures accurate reporting when they get it filed at the office.

6. Saves Time

A mobile CMMS manages everything right from routing and receiving work to sharing information and closing orders. By adding a mobile CMMS, technicians can minimize downtime and keep the entire crew updated with current equipment information. This optimizes workflow and increases operational efficiency which ultimately results in faster work and saves time.

7. Makes Information Sharing Easy and Instant

A mobile CMMS provides real-time updates to crew members about inventory usage and breakdowns. This facilitates faster creation of work order and timely reactive action. Integration becomes easy and there is less room for discrepancies and delays. A mobile application keeps inventory at par and work orders updated. Maintenance blueprints can be easily uploaded to an advanced CMMS software for easy sharing and easier work routing. An automated workflow reduces turnaround time and optimizes maintenance operations to boost overall productivity.

Implementing a feature-rich mobile CMMS can help to minimize the consequences of poor maintenance as well as optimize plant performance for your company.

About the Author: Lindsey Walker works for NEXGEN Asset Management as their Marketing Manager. With a B.S in Business Information Management, she excels at business development, project management as well as asset management. Her passion for writing allows her to find time from her busy work schedule to share her knowledge on asset management, geographic information systems (GIS), software implementation, training curriculum development, and similar topics. When she isn't working or writing, she loves to work out, do puzzles and listen to instrumental music.

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