Roughly half of manufacturing companies still use manual methods (think pen and paper) to track their equipment maintenance schedules and work.

Manufacturers, if you’re not yet using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), it may be time to check it out. The value of this kind of software is so high that it’s costing you money each year you don’t invest in it.

 Here are just a few of the reasons why automating equipment maintenance is so critical in today’s manufacturing sector:

1) Add years to the life of your equipment.

At Future Link IT, we talk a lot about the power of prevention, and manufacturing equipment is no exception. Factory machines are expensive in and of themselves, and the cost of downtime while a machine is down for repair or replacement can multiply that cost faster than you can say “But we were about to service that!”

A CMMS alerts you when scheduled maintenance is due, so that you can perform critical preventative maintenance before a problem occurs.

2) Increase efficiency.

Through automation, you can schedule preventative maintenance during times when the floor is less busy, reducing employee downtime. You’ll also save time and hassle dealing with messy paperwork, or searching for work instructions. With a CMMS, everything is all in one place, right at your fingertips.

3) Get real-time data

One of the major benefits of any type of software over manual methods is that your data will be real-time. This means you get an accurate picture of how your equipment is running at any given moment, along with instant alerts when action is required.

Wondering how you can make a computerized maintenance management system work for your manufacturing business? Click here to contact one of our IT experts today to learn more.