Maintenance Scheduling Software

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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Maintenance can be an “invisible” issue in day to day life. You usually don’t notice it until something goes wrong, like your truck’s engine seizes up because you forgot to have regular oil changes. This cavalier treatment of needed maintenance duties can be an even bigger disaster for a large company. Do you want to try to explain to your insurance company how everyone “overlooked” changing the batteries in your building’s fire alarms?

And that’s just one example of a potential problem. For, say, a pharmaceutical plant, there can be hundreds of needed maintenance tasks every year. And each one can either make your life easier and your business more productive if they’re carried out, or they can lead to serious consequences if they’re ignored. Creating a detailed maintenance schedule can help, but where do you begin, and how can you make sure it’s followed to the letter? Creating a plan using maintenance scheduling software can be a practical solution.

Most CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) systems include a scheduler. If your database is updated with your equipment, personnel, and inventory information, it’s pretty simple to start assessing what needs to get done. Then, decide when maintenance projects need to be completed, and how often: annually, monthly, weekly, or even daily. You can assign your employees to each task, then set the computer to remind you (or the responsible employee) when each event comes up.

Make Maintenance a Priority with Specialized Scheduling Software

When your maintenance schedule is on your computer, it’s quick and easy to get an overview of the upcoming year: you don’t need to shuffle through physical files. Plus, if you need to contact vendors or remind employees, you can e-mail purchasing and work orders right to them. However, keep in mind that computers can be fallible as well as humans. That said, be sure to make backups of all important data.

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