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5 Steps to Know When to Replace a Roof

Written by Ryan Noble

February 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Here is your situation. You suspect your facilities roof is nearing the end of its serviceable life, maybe it's pooling,cracking, or starting to leak in some areas, how do you determine when to replace a roof or to restore it? To find the answer, a thorough investigation of the current condition of the roof must be done. Here is a five step process you can use to determine if your roof is eligible for replacement or restoration and which option is the better choice.

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Topics: ROI of CMMS, 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

Preventive Maintenance Checklist Worksheet - Free Download

Written by Ryan Noble

May 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Do you need help starting or managing your PM program? Here is a preventive maintenance checklist worksheet that you can use to help improve your current process. Maintenance managers can enter equipment names, locations, and required tools along with step by step procedures for completing PM work. Using this preventive maintenance checklist worksheet not only makes it easy for technicians to complete tasks, it will help standardize the work being done.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Tips n' Tricks

10 Ways Facility Managers Can Improve the Quality of Work Environments

Written by Ryan Noble

April 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

A Facility Manager's main responsibility is to protect and extend the value of facilities. They also play a big part in improving the work environment and keeping employees comfortable.  If your organization is planning to expand their main facility, start a green initiative, retrofit, or they're just plain concerned about making the work place better, here a some good points you can take to the next business meeting for improving the quality of the work environment.   

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Topics: 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

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

5 Things You Need to Do to Find the Best CMMS Software

Written by Ryan Noble

March 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Before you go about finding the best CMMS software for your organization, it must be said that there are hundreds of vendors, each with their own idea of what is important to maintenance professionals. No one CMMS is best for all.  Going through these five steps will help you determine exactly what you should be be looking for.  

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Topics: 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

Why Using Youtube as a Preventive Maintenance Training Tool is Key

Written by Ryan Noble

February 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

One of the most important qualities a maintenance professional needs to have is resourcefulness.  As newer generations start to fill maintenance positions, it will be up to the managers to oversee training and to make sure inexperienced employees have the resources to complete different types of corrective and preventive maintenance tasks.  Utilizing Youtube will help you facilitate this process.

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Topics: Benefits of CMMS, Tips n' Tricks