Computerized Maintenance Management System...

Computerized Maintenance Management System Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is a computerized data base designed to optimize the management of maintenance activities in an organization. It is an orderly and systematic approach to planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating maintenance activities and their costs. It is a management tool for planning and budgeting of equipment maintenance (routine, break down, preventive and predictive), capital repairs and equipment replacement activities. A good CMMS coupled with knowledgeable and capable maintenance work force can prevent problems related to equipment health, safety and environment deterioration. It CMMS also ensures that the organization maximizes the available maintenance resources it has at a plant, minimizes the operational downtime of its equipment, reduces the overall maintenance costs within the organization, improves the quality of the management decisions, helps in the verification of the regulatory compliance, and extends the life of the equipment at the plant. It also contributes into lowering of capital costs and improvement in quality of life. CMMS automates most of the functions performed by the maintenance personnel in an organization and hence improve their effectiveness. The main component of a CMMS is shown in Fig 1. Fig 1 Main components of a CMMS Objectives of CMMS The primary objectives of a CMMS are as follows. • To optimize the use of available funds, personnel, facilities and equipment through effective maintenance management methods. • To monitor the equipment conditions. • To provide accurate data for decision making regarding maintenance activities. • To identify systematically maintenance needs and equipment deficiencies as well as needs for capital repairs. • To determine the maintenance backlog and made provision for this maintenance. • To determine the maintenance priorities and plan accordingly • To enable preparation of maintenance budget using systematic standardized procedures. • To monitor...