Maximisation of life cycles of production machinery and equipment, whether in large or small industrial facilities, presume efficient and optimised preventive maintenance strategy, and thus ever more is expected of maintenance systems today.
Typically, the maintenance systems should provide, among other things:
- Maintenance equipment management
- Documentation management
- Stocks and material management, as well as purchases
- Management of works, notifications and resources
- Mobile functions: works management, stocks and material management functions
- Conversion of data from systems being replaced
- Interfaces with external systems
Does the current system satisfy your needs?
The borderline between the traditional maintenance staff and production is disappearing, and an increasing number of employees in production as well as service companies become interested in maintenance.
‘We at ALMA challenge you to think about the current situation at your facility,’ says Niko Pahkala, Deputy Managing Director at ALMA.
Take an easy test about your situation, and answer to the questions either “Yes” or “No”:
- Does the existing maintenance system satisfy your requirements in terms of ease of use, coverage and integration aspects?
- Is the system continuously developed, are the support and services functional and do they take the system’s life cycle into account?
- Is the system properly in use: does it support everyday business as well as its development?
- Is it easy to find the information you need and can the staff focus on the actual work, rather than on the system?
- Are you able to document projects and changes in a controlled manner in the course of the project?
- Can the system be extended to other areas of application (such as design, documentation management, project bank, EHSQ, IT management)?
More “Yes” answers:
‘If your answer to most of the questions is YES, then you can say that a great deal of matters significantly affecting productivity are well under control. Moreover, you have excellent premises and possibilities for developing these matters even further,’ offers Niko Pahkala his congratulations.
More “No” answers:
If your response to many questions is NO, and some of them prompted you to think, it is advisable to think even more.
‘Updating an old maintenance system to reflect the current situation is quite easy. It is also advisable, and essential and necessary data, along with the history can be easily transferred from your existing system into the new one. Besides, preventive maintenance, for instance, can be made to run systematically, and the efficiency of your daily operations will improve quite soon,’ he admits.
The core skill of ALMA Consulting is updating old maintenance systems by applying modern and scalable solutions. With this it is possible to develop operations outside the realm of maintenance, for instance into handling stocks management, as well as purchases and procurements.
By opening the References tab you can read the stories of our customers Elenia Lämpö Oy and Raahepolis Oy about how ALMA has improved their efficiency and boosted reliability of their maintenance operations!