Many companies are making the shift from outdated paper based maintenance schedules to an automated maintenance management systems. Computerized Maintenance Management Systems or CMMS have changed the way in which preventive maintenance is approached nowadays.
CMMS has it’s humble beginnings in the late 1980’s and is omnipresent in businesses now. We will look at what the future holds in store for CMMS technology in this article.
Studies have shown that over the past few years CMMS solutions have made it possible for businesses to change maintenance management and take it to a better stage.
With the help of CMMS, companies and organizations are able to carry out some of the most important business operations such as:
- Automation of the standard maintenance procedures
- Carrying out detailed analysis of the important business processes within the structure of the organization
- The productivity metrics of individual equipments
- Tracking the time taken to carry out certain maintenance processes
- Carrying out work orders with ease
- Hastening the process of work orders and meeting the required deadlines
There are so many other business and maintenance processes that have been automated and simplified with the help of CMMS solutions inside an organisation.
Despite revolutionising the industry with it’s abilities, CMMS solutions still need to fill a few gaps to make them a lot more productive and efficient.
Though many organisations were able to get the maximum out of their investments into CMMS, some haven’t been able to do so. This is mainly due to their inability to keep pace with the change in technology.
Many companies look at CMMS as just module based and opt for only certain features such as ERP system and EAM system. Without having the full system integrated, it is not possible to derive the maximum out of these maintenance management solutions.
What the future holds for CMMS?
Basically, the widespread success of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems will largely depend on their ability to address some of the key concerns of the companies that make use of these solutions, predominantly for their maintenance management tasks and processes.
Organizations using mobile CMMS right now require features such as
- Cross compatibility with the existing systems and solutions that they have already invested in the current organization setup.
- New delivery platforms
- Advanced software operating platforms
These are some of the key areas of concern for various businesses.
Added Functionality in the future:
In the future, the efficiency of this technology and this model of carrying out preventive maintenance using CMMS should stay efficient enough to be considered reliable. Newer technologies of the future might make CMMS obsolete, in order to avoid the fate, CMMS solutions have to add new functionalities and keep their design in an optimum stage to keep up with the times. Some potential areas of improvement as far as functionality is considered:
- Predictive Planning indicators
- Automated scheduling generation
- Effective management of work orders
- Scheduling operations based on the status of equipment and current working conditions
- Automation of inventory management and assets management
- Material planning
I hope this article was useful for you to learn more about how CMMS will evolve in the future and how it can play an important role in the growth of your business. If you have any doubts with regards to this, let us know through the comments and we will be glad to help you out. If you have any suggestions regarding how we can improve the article, let us know them through the comments as well for us to improve.
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