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How To Make Buildings Sustainable

Written by Ryan Noble

May 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Sustainability is the topic of the century for professionals of the built environment. The big question is, how are we going to sustain our way of living when we increasingly consume, pollute, and destroy natural resources? As a Facility Manager, you can take an active role in the effort to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources. You might have heard the term "Net Zero Energy Buildings" or NZEB's. This term means that a building uses as much energy from the grid as it produces onsite through renewables. A net zero energy building is the golden ticket to sustainability. Here are the ways to get there.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability

What Is BIM Data And Why Is It Important?

Written by Ryan Noble

August 12, 2016 at 3:03 PM

BIM or Building Information Modeling, is a way for designers and builders to pass along information regarding newly constructed facilities to facility owners. Most people think BIM is just three dimensional modeling, which is part of it, but what is important is the actual data delivered. BIM data can be used to effectively maintain facilities throughout their life-cycles.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks, Industry News, BIM

Unlocking Your CMMS: Reengineering Facilities Maintenance Processes

Written by Ryan Noble

May 22, 2015 at 9:27 AM

"Reengineering strives to break away from the old rules about how we organize and conduct business. It involves recognizing and rejecting some of them and then finding imaginative new ways to accomplish work."

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Benefits of CMMS, Tips n' Tricks

5 Hidden Rules to Improve Steam System Efficiency

Written by Carey Merritt

April 20, 2015 at 3:15 PM

If you want to optimize the energy usage of your steam plant, consider these five general rules of thumb to improve steam system efficiency.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks

How to Start a Preventive Maintenance Program From Scratch

Written by Ryan Noble

August 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The point of any preventive maintenance program is to identify equipment failures in their early stages so you, as a maintenance activity can coordinate the man hours and logistics required to prevent breakdowns. Figuring out the best scheduling intervals for different PM tasks can be difficult if you don't have OEM manuals to get you started. Luckily, there have been studies on this topic and I will share with you what seems to be the best way to start you pm program from scratch.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Maintenance Programs

Written by Ryan Noble

June 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

An effective maintenance program starts with identifying benchmark criteria.  You might think that the best metric for bench marking would be the reliability and life cycle cost of the equipment. Well, you would be right but, that is just one piece of the puzzle. Expanding maintenance programs to encompass other responsibilities such as sustainability and utilization optimization makes them more comprehensive. Focusing on reliability, sustainability, and utilization will ultimately save shrinking budgets as organizations expect maintenance departments to do more with less. 

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks

6 Ways to Keep Track of Your Maintenance Tools at Work

Written by Ryan Noble

April 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

It can be tough to keep track of where maintenance tools are, especially when you have to share them with, not so organized, co-workers. A lot of time can be wasted looking for misplaced tools that you need to do your job. Not to mention it comes with a certain level of aggravation that tends to affect how nice you feel like being for the rest of the day. So to help, we've compiled a few solutions at different cost levels to help you track your tools better.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks

ISO 55000 Asset Management Standardization: How CMMS Software Can Help

Written by Ryan Noble

March 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

As organizations grow, so will the need for standardization and process improvement. Without these elements, the culture of "fighting fires" will continue to be the norm for maintenance departments. Standardized asset management programs such as those outlined by the International Standards Organization (ISO), establish benchmarks for asset quality control leading to fewer down times, longer asset life, and lower energy consumption.  There is now a new ISO standard for managing assets that may soon be implemented by your organization.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Benefits of CMMS

CMMS Data - Obtain Accuracy By Ensuring 100% Work Order Entry

Written by Ryan Noble

March 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Lets start with the obvious fact that computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software was created to manage maintenance issues.  It was also created to give maintenance managers insight into their operations and how effective the team is at satisfactorily providing maintenance services.  How well that insight reflects their actual operation depends on the accuracy of the data being entered into the CMMS software.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, ROI of CMMS, Tips n' Tricks

10 Reasons to Start Using Your CMMS Software More Effectively

Written by Ryan Noble

February 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

1. Long Equipment Downtimes

Depending on the industry you serve, the effects of down equipment can range from inconvenience to extensive profit loss.  Your organization can turn into a black hole of inefficiency without a way to track and improve the repair time of failed equipment.  Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software can track repair efficiency through status changes and time stamps. Looking at the difference in time between statuses will give you an idea of where time can be saved in the repair process.  

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, ROI of CMMS, Tips n' Tricks