Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
Also referred to as computerized maintenance management information system (CMMIS), a CMMS software package maintains a computer database of information about an organization’s maintenance operations.
This information is used to help maintenance workers do their jobs more effectively. For example, determining which machines require maintenance and which storerooms contain the spare parts they need. The information is also used to help management make informed decisions, like calculating the cost of machine breakdown repair versus preventive maintenance for each machine, possibly leading to better allocation of resources.
CMMS may be used by any organization that must perform maintenance on equipment, assets and property, and can be used to verify regulatory compliance. Some products focus on particular industry sectors (e.g. the maintenance of vehicle fleets or health care facilities). Other products aim to be more general. They can produce status reports and documents that provide details or summaries of maintenance activities. The more sophisticated the package, the more analytical capabilities are available.
One drawback of CMMS in many organizations is a lack of proper process development and dedicated staff assigned to manage it daily. The volume of information which can be compiled in a large organization’s facility requires daily oversight to keep it current and to maintain accuracy.
- Process Development and Regression (change)
- Preventive Maintenance and Tasking
- Financial Reporting