As businesses begin to stabilize and COVID-19-related healthcare and demand decreases, it is important to put new processes in place and try to get back to some type of normal. In addition to trying to keep up with the routine and the backlog of tasks, there will be significant increases for equipment maintenance and facilities sterilization. Facilities/Plant Operations will need to manage the increase in requests for space alterations, air quality management, area cleaning and sanitation, and parts and materials. Most teams will see increases in necessary Preventative Maintenance (PM) for equipment and assets.
It is important to have all your work requests and maintenance processes documented into a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) so that information is easy to retrieve, analyze and report on for the anticipated increase in inspections and meeting new regulations. A CMMS provides you with the tools to ensure more efficient maintenance management from anywhere, despite any health constraints or unexpected disruption in business operations.
CMMS Helps Businesses Recover From DisastersWhether you are going through a shutdown due to the COVID, or equipment breakdowns, these issues can cost a business a lot of time and money. Under normal operations, a good maintenance plan in place provides for better management and control of resources and scheduling. A good preventive maintenance plan ensures that equipment breakdowns and business operations will be at a minimum. The COVID Pandemic has been one of the biggest catastrophes that ever hit this world. With the shutdown of plant operations, they must restart their production processes as quickly as possible. Where do you start?
- The first step is assessing the equipment and assets to ensure that they are all in good running condition.
- Setting schedules for machine maintenance.
- Evaluating resources and work schedules.
- Checking parts inventory to make sure that critical parts are in stock.
- Service Requests
- Work Orders
- Preventive/Planned Maintenance Tasks
- Inventory Levels
- And more all from a computer, smartphone, or mobile device.
CMMS Important Tools for Sanitization and Health SafetyThis pandemic has caused businesses to put in strict guidelines and additional inspections to ensure the safety of their employees. These guidelines may include more procedures for social distancing, mandated cleaning and sanitization policies, and safety protocols. Also, state and local governmental requirements are now putting in more extensive guidelines that must be followed. Storing all your information in a CMMS, gives users the ability to document all these processes and be able to run reports with real-time information for inspections and audits
Organizing Work Orders and TasksWith social distancing and a reduced/redeployed workforce have all contributed to the daily stress of keeping your business operating as normal as possible. A CMMS helps automate processes to help streamline maintenance operations and keep things moving in the worst of times.
- Manage, prioritize, and routing work orders to the right staff – no matter where they are working.
- Customize checklists to ensure that everything has been identified and completed.
- Provide automatic alerts and notifications to technical teams.
- Setup appropriate sign-offs to ensure that work has been completed every step of the way.