What Is Condition-Based Monitoring?

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You rely on your assets, and you need to know if they are at risk of failure or degradation. Even the most well-maintained machines eventually break down. Unpredictable failure leads to expensive repairs, lost productivity, and even safety-related hazards. Before condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance were feasible, companies estimated failure rates based on historical data. They knew, for instance, that a given asset might perform for 20,000 hours, so they planned for downtime between 15,000 and 25,000 hours. They had to manage their assets reactively and prepare for disruption. Today, we have better technology like sensors, 5G, and predictive maintenance...

Corrective Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide

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The manufacturing industry relies heavily on maintenance to keep equipment up and running at peak performance levels. Corrective maintenance will play a role in a company’s preventive maintenance processes or reactive responses to equipment failures and breakdowns. In this article, we will explore corrective maintenance in more depth. If you’re in a hurry, skip ahead to get the most interesting information: What is Corrective Maintenance? How Does Corrective Maintenance Work? Benefits of Corrective Maintenance in Manufacturing Corrective Maintenance Use Cases Implementation: Challenges and Solutions LLumin’s CMMS+ Overview Improve Your Maintenance Strategy With LLumin What is Corrective Maintenance? Corrective Maintenance refers...

5 Facility Management Trends to Expect in 2024

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If you’re in the facility management industry, you’ve noticed that things are changing quite quickly. New technology, economic pressures, and supply chain disruptions have all radically altered facility management trends and previously assumed assumptions. During this tumultuous time, it’s essential that you stay on top of emerging technology and emerging trends—both to remain competitive and avoid the potential for disruption. Today, we’ll look at the following critical facility management trends: Relying more on sensor-based, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for maintenance and management. Creating complete, connected smart building systems quickly and efficiently. Developing energy-efficient, sustainable, and green facility models. Adopt...

Mean Time Between Failure Formula And Examples

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How frequently does your equipment fail? The mean time between failure (MTBF) formula isn’t complicated—all the complexities are introduced upon implementation. However, you will need to collect the right data and analyze it correctly to yield actionable insights. Today, we will explore: The mean time between failure formula How to use the formula effectively (with examples) How to reduce your mean time between failure If you need to know more, reference Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and MTTR: a Complete Guide. So, let's dive in and look at the mean time between failure and some examples. What Is Mean Time...

Using CMMS for Facilities: A Comprehensive Guide 

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When you're responsible for large, complex facilities, or you manage multiple locations dispersed across a large geographic area, a simple oversight can lead to downtime, unexpected costs, reduced efficiency, and increased risk. This is when software for CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) can become a game-changer.   What Is CMMS Software? CMMS stands for Computerized Maintenance Management System. It serves as a central hub and a platform for automating communication tasks, enabling facility managers to track work orders efficiently, schedule preventive maintenance, and manage assets comprehensively. This software allows organizations to plan, track, manage, and complete maintenance activities, thus improving equipment...

Facility Management Best Practices to Improve Efficiency

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As your facility grows, the marketplace changes, or regulations and standards evolve, gaps in efficiency become more apparent. However, by following facility management best practices, you improve your facility's efficiency, strengthen its operational processes, and prepare for scale.  Today, we're going to look at a few essential facility management best practices—and the tools and processes needed to support them. We will cover: Implementing an automated maintenance work order management system. Creating a customized preventative maintenance schedule. Improving communication with policies and procedures. Establishing the right metrics and benchmarks. ore robust your maintenance work management system, the better you'll be able...

The Power of Preventive Maintenance  for Heavy Equipment 

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Recurring operational setbacks caused by equipment failure or malfunction are a significant concern in asset management. In this blog, we will outline preventive maintenance strategies specifically geared toward heavy equipment to help you substantially extend the lifespan of your machinery, enhance safety protocols, and reduce unplanned downtime.   What Constitutes "Heavy Equipment"? When we talk about "heavy equipment," we're not just referring to large, stationary machinery found in factories or warehouses. In many industries—construction, mining, and roadwork, to name a few—heavy equipment often has wheels, treads, or other means of locomotion. These are assets that don't just stay put; they...

Best Work Order Software: 2024 Review

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Choosing a new work order software can be a daunting task. When chosen wisely, a new solution can be pivotal for optimizing maintenance management and operational efficiency. However, the process is undeniably strategic, with short and long-term risk balancing on how well-suited the solution will be and how well your company will adapt to a new solution. Numerous options are available, ranging from the advanced predictive maintenance capabilities of LLumin's CMMS+ to the straightforward work order software of Zuper and Limble CMMS. Every work order management software, whether designed with extensive features or simply to streamline equipment maintenance tasks, brings...

7 Must-Have Maintenance Management Software Features for 2024

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What is Maintenance Management? At its core, maintenance management is an organized approach and practice specific to the staging, coordination, execution, and tracking of maintenance tasks. This encompasses everything from emergency repairs to comprehensive preventive and predictive maintenance programs.  Maintenance management is particularly crucial in industrial and manufacturing settings where machinery and production-focused equipment serve as the operation’s backbone and downtime cannot be tolerated.  What Does a CMMS Software Solution Do? A Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is a software application that facilitates and automates the process of maintenance management. With a CMMS, you can efficiently plan, schedule, and execute...

How to Plan a Preventive Maintenance Inspection (+ Free Checklist)

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Precision and reliability are ongoing goals in the world of maintenance management, and every effort is made to manage equipment in order to increase equipment uptime and performance,  and to extend equipment lifespan. Maintenance managers must take every precaution to avoid unanticipated failures that stop production, demand expensive repairs, and increase downtime.  This article will discuss the significance of preventive maintenance inspections and the importance of performing them on a regular basis. We will provide instructions for creating a plan and a free checklist that can be customized to fit your needs.  We’ll also introduce LLumin’s Computerized Maintenance Management System...

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