Breakdown Maintenance: An Ultimate Guide

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Equipment reliability, facility safety, and efficiency are important goals for many businesses. Breakdown maintenance is a well-known approach among various maintenance strategies available to achieve these objectives. Although this strategy is not ideal for all facilities and equipment types, it is commonly used for non-business-critical equipment and parts and components that are inexpensive to replace or non-repairable. Breakdown maintenance focuses on repairing equipment only after it fails. While this approach may initially seem counterintuitive compared to more proactive methods, it has specific applications and benefits that make it appropriate to use in certain situations. This article is a comprehensive guide...

How To Improve Equipment Reliability

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Maintenance and asset management will vary by industry. However, certain effective best practices stay fairly consistent. In this article, we will explain why it’s important to maintain equipment reliability and provide some key tips and best practices for improving it. Further, we will discuss the advantages of using LLumin's Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS+) software, which can help you fully optimize your maintenance operations approach. Tips for Improving Equipment Reliability Before exploring ways to improve equipment reliability, we should discuss its importance. Unreliable equipment often results in lower productivity, higher safety risks, and costly emergency repairs. Additionally, unexpected breakdowns, downtime,...

Preventive Maintenance of Construction Equipment: Best Practices

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Heavy assets in the construction industry are incredibly expensive investments that require regular, preventive maintenance to maximize lifespan and performance. Unlike the break-fix or reactive maintenance approach, which addresses equipment issues after they develop, resulting in operational disruptions and hefty, unexpected repair costs, preventive maintenance is proactive; it seeks to prevent major issues before they occur.  Preventive maintenance is based on the manufacturer's recommendations or experienced reliability engineering input, and is typically time-based or usage-based. When implemented manually vs using a maintenance management software solution, you will rely on paper-based processes such as handwritten checklists and work orders.  However, LLumin's...

The Best Preventive Maintenance Software: 2024 Review

Choosing between preventive maintenance software this year will be as challenging as ever, as all contending Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) are equipped with powerful core features and capabilities. Before getting started, it’s important to consider that the best solutions will enable your organization to improve in the following areas:  Equipment Reliability: Enhancing the longevity and performance of machinery. Reduced Downtime: Minimizing unplanned outages and maximizing productivity. Cost Management: Optimizing expenses associated with equipment maintenance and repairs. If you aren’t already familiar with CMMS software, we will introduce you to the best in the current market. We will highlight their...

Maintenance Inventory Management Best Practices

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Effective maintenance inventory management will be essential if your company relies on machinery and equipment to keep daily operations running. Without it, keeping unexpected downtime and delays at bay will be extremely challenging.  Inventory management involves the careful organization, tracking, and controlling of spare parts, tools, and other materials required for maintenance and repair. Effective management will reduce the likelihood of excess stock or stockouts, ensuring that the right parts are always available at the right time. If you want to improve your own MRO and Tool inventory management practices, this article will discuss best practices you can use to...

How To Improve Maintenance Strategy

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An effective maintenance management strategy can mean the difference between remaining competitive or falling behind in today's competitive marketplace. Minimizing downtime, minimizing costs, and increasing the safety, reliability, and lifespan of equipment and assets may appear unattainable if your organization is primarily reactive in its approach to maintenance. This article will look at ways you can improve your maintenance strategy. We will discuss well-known, essential best practices you can use to get results and how LLumin's Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS+) can provide the features and tools your maintenance team needs to succeed. Types of Maintenance Strategies Maintenance strategies range...

What Is CMMS Software? A Complete Guide

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In today's asset-intensive industrial environment, efficiency and strategic foresight stand at the forefront of operational success. The challenge of maintaining functional integrity across a wide array of assets, from HVAC units to essential machinery, demands more than a standard maintenance strategy. Reactive approaches that rely on spreadsheets and manual logs are increasingly inadequate in meeting the complex demands of modern organizations. This is precisely where computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) can make a huge impact. But what is CMMS software? This guide will dive deep into the core of CMMS systems, shedding light on the types and benefits of CMMS...

Maintenance Training Program: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Today's market can make attracting and retaining a skilled workforce challenging. And yet, the reality is employees with the necessary skills and knowledge can make a significant difference in your maintenance strategy's success and benefits, such as reduced equipment downtime, lower costs, and increased efficiency. A maintenance training program will play a pivotal role in improving the knowledge and skills of your employees, ensuring they are well-prepared to respond to both routine and emergency scenarios and execute tasks effectively.  This blog will explore the benefits of training, suggest steps to create an effective training strategy, and explain why LLumin’s Computerized...

Top Maintenance Safety Tips to Follow

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In 2022, the United States saw a 5.7% increase in fatal workplace injuries. While this was just one year out of many, it highlights the importance of workplace safety and the risks involved, particularly for those in the maintenance management industry. Some of the most frequently cited injuries are caused by transportation incidents, slips, falls, and contact with dangerous equipment, emphasizing the importance of following current safety guidelines and regulations. In this article, we’ll discuss top maintenance safety tips for your employees and equipment. We’ll also discuss why using LLumin’s Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS+) software can help promote the...

Use Total Effective Equipment Performance To Improve Efficiency

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Maintenance and engineering managers continually look for ways to improve performance. One way to achieve this is by measuring total effective equipment performance (TEEP) in your facility. TEEP is one of several important performance metrics used in manufacturing to assess productivity. Today, we will define TEEP, explain why it is important, and show how plant managers calculate it. We'll also review two other important performance metrics, including:  Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)  Overall operations effectiveness (OOE)  TEEP Metrics Comparison TEEP TEEP is a measurement of potential operational performance levels, which can help determine the unused potential within their operations and make...

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