Firms looking for a CMMS software suite will come across a great number of vendors with varying features. Some products will be “out-of-the-box” while others will give you the option of customising the software to the unique systems and procedures which your firm has previously used for maintenance management. However all computerised maintenance management systems should offer the same basic functionality. After all a CMMS should work with any type of organisation and be applicable across teams!
Detailed Asset Register
A CMMS is often able to store detailed information about each and every item, or asset that requires maintenance. If you require specific information to be recorded for certain items, the solution is often able to be customised to allow you to add that information to the register. This can include detailed recordings, data from barcodes/RFID or images that have been annotated by an inspector.
Preventative Maintenance Tools
Besides the ability to track maintenance work, a CMMS software suite should allow you to schedule preventative maintenance. Alerts can be created so that when an item or asset is due to be serviced or reaches some level where it needs to be serviced, the manager can take the appropriate action is a timely manner.
Work Order Tracking
Computerised maintenance management systems should allow you track each work order so that you can determine the estimated completion time and the cause of any delays. Checking up on the progress of work orders can help managers with planning and efficiently using all company resources.
CMMS software suites should provide a comprehensive reporting functionality. Report creation should be easy and quick to ensure that decision-makers are presented with up-to-date and accurate information at all times. You should also be able to create your own custom reports in addition to pre-formatted templates.
The costs associated with maintenance is critical to maintenance managers. For this reason being able to analyse the cost used up on servicing assets and items is an important piece of functionality.