There is no argument to be put into the surface when we say that the fast-paced evolution of technology in the last few decades has a major impact on manufacturing. Everyone agrees, even you, right? A number of the most groundbreaking advancements include 3D-printed spare parts, CMMS mobile apps, connected sensors for improved maintenance management operations and social networks to exchange the best practices. Big Data can make every move predictable and the arrival of digital technologies, cobots and additive manufacturing leads to the complete rethinking of the way assets and production cycles work. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things are about to radically transform the way companies are organized and the way entire economic environments are structured. These are just some of the innovations that have paved their way over greater schemes and improvements that help technicians on their daily tasks which are undoubtedly tough.
However, the advancement in mobility has impacted the industry big time and the arrival of countless industrial mobile applications, such as ERPs and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems has become a huge blessing as generations go by. The main advantage for an organization of mobility integration is greater production accuracy, efficiency, and speed. The process results in improved communication, collaboration, and of course faster responsiveness to deadlines. These given situations are very vital when it comes to the success of a company and there is no doubt that these will keep the company on track for the achievement they are looking forward for.
But despite all these proven benefits and the fact that mobile technology delivers game-changing results, many companies didn’t dare yet to make the step towards industry 4.0 and didn’t switch their maintenance to a mobile maintenance application whether for cultural, management or financial reasons.
This article will focus on the positive side of CMMS mobile apps and how beneficial they are in doing the job of maintenance technicians. As always, systems or processes that are hard to understand can be placed in good condition if the usage is right.
- Improved Management of Spare Parts
It is very hard to watch a maintenance technician running around and looking for spare parts. This only results in huge amounts of wasted time and interrupted production cycles. CMMS mobile app allows maintenance technicians to consult a whole range of information about spare parts on their smartphones, including the location in the store, stock value, and technical documentation.
Companies using CMMS mobile apps can now be able to interface their ERP with their maintenance management software to allow maintenance technicians to access a whole range of information without having to connect to a software interface that is not suited to their needs.
- Better Management of Preventive Maintenance Routines
Preventive maintenance is one of the things that should always be set up in a company yet this is also one of the most difficult things to accomplish. The advantage of the CMMS mobile maintenance management software is that it allows service technicians to quickly access from their smartphones all operations planned to be performed on this day.
Each operation can be associated with one or more checklists that can be filled while maintaining the machine. Technicians will also be able to receive real-time alerts regarding failures on critical equipment and thus intervene quickly. Simplicity, responsiveness, and improved communication are the first major results of the establishment of a mobile CMMS.
- Systematic Maintenance Operations
Receiving all the information in real-time improves the reactivity of all the actors associated with the intervention in progress. This also results in a faster transaction between different departments that will be included in the process of resolving the issue.
The integration of multimedia documents, such as photos, videos or sounds will also support ongoing maintenance operations, and if similar breakdowns occur, will provide additional information and reduce downtime. The information is then available anywhere and anytime from a smartphone in a CMMS mobile app.
- Team Motivation
The deployment of a conventional computerized maintenance management system can be sometimes a long and laborious process, resulting in loss of time and user difficulties, which are often the main reasons to make such a project fail. The integration of a mobile asset management software is easier since this is an application that looks familiar to the ones that we are all used to in our daily lives.
The ability to take photos, scan QR codes, make comments with the smartphone bring huge advantages for maintenance technicians. In general, the organization of information is far easier on a mobile CMMS than on paper or Excel sheets. The deployment of a CMMS mobile app gives you the opportunity to switch to a highly dynamic maintenance process, offering you a tool that responds to your needs and is easy to use. The solution is available both on Android and iOS devices.