Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

What is it?

A computerized maintenance management system, or CMMS, is software that simplifies maintenance management by centralizing associated information, arranging repairs, monitoring the status of tasks, and tracking the location of spare parts for equipment. The goal of a CMMS is to streamline the use of assets, optimize their availability, increase the lifespan of equipment, and cut expenses.

How does it work?

CMMS software maintains a database that contains the information necessary for the functioning of operations and maintenance teams. The system helps to prepare reports and make inventory forecasts, identifies assets requiring maintenance, offers insights into the maintenance process, documents replacement procedures, and assists an organization with financial decisions.

Among other things, a CMMS schedules automated server hardware maintenance according to rules established by an administrator. For instance, the system can determine the appropriate time for routine maintenance tasks and set up service requests for technicians. Some of the advanced CMMS enable sensor-generated error messages or alerts to make requests over the system.

Where is it applied?

Industries that benefit from CMMS include:

  • manufacturing
  • oil and gas production
  • power generation
  • construction
  • transportation
  • agriculture
  • other sectors reliant on physical infrastructure

How is it applied?

For example, a CMMS is used in farming to secure an abundant seasonal harvest. The software serves to monitor off-season maintenance for agricultural machinery and equipment. This ensures the constant availability of assets for harvesting and planting.

Farmers can also utilize CMMS to track seed quantity and fertilizer, automatically repurchase stocks to avoid running out of supplies, and access this data through mobile applications while working in their fields.

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