Three Things Your Maintenance Team Wants You to Understand

The maintenance team works with every department in an organization at one time or another. But sometimes, it may feel like key players in the organization don’t understand what the maintenance department does—or how they do it.

Here’s three things your maintenance team wants you to understand.

Preventive Maintenance Means Fewer Failures

Properly maintained assets perform more efficiently, use less energy, and fail less often—extending their usable life.

When a maintenance team establishes and regularly performs PM tasks that contribute to the upkeep of assets, an organization may be able to sidestep serious problems that arise because of neglect as well as delay more expensive maintenance. Preventive maintenance tracking programs also ensure equipment is properly calibrated and lubricated when they need to be.

Preventive maintenance reduces downtime and equipment failure, but it doesn’t eliminate it entirely. Even with a strong preventive maintenance program, failures will happen. But they will happen less frequently.

Parts & Inventory Are Critical

When a breakdown happens, nothing is more frustrating than needing a part now, and then discovering it isn’t sitting on the parts room shelf. In fact, the number one reason for delayed repairs is unavailable parts or materials.

That’s why CMMS inventory software is critical to control your stock based on need and availability. For example, if a critical part has a three-week lead time, you can adjust stocking levels to make sure it is available when your staff needs it. This helps you control the carrying costs of your inventory, avoiding both under-stocking and over-stocking.

CMMS software also can track slow-moving parts that might be surplus and need to be returned to the vendor. This helps you control capital outlays on unused or underused parts and materials. You can also track shipments, vendor performance, and warranty information.

Training Is Not Optional

Not training your people is penny-wise and pound-foolish. Maintenance training directly affects your organization’s success—and your bottom line. Take the long-range perspective and reap the rewards of high-quality training year after year.

These days, you have plenty of options—including on-site, classroom training, online training, and mentor programs. Some training programs are just an hour a week. And your investment in training pays off with every work order as your team becomes more efficient.

What else does the maintenance team want you to understand? Leave a comment or contact us.