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June 25, 2014

The 8 Best Things About Elevator Service Software

8 Best Things About Elevator Service Software

An often-overlooked area in the facility maintenance arena is elevator service. As far as machinery goes, elevators are pretty reliable - as long as they are properly cared for. On the flip side, elevators have a lot of moving parts and can be tricky to care for, especially in taller buildings or facilities with several elevators. This burden can be somewhat alleviated with the assistance of a piece of software known as elevator service software. In this blog post, we will be discussing the benefits of this type of application.

While most of us take elevators for granted, they are really an important piece of machinery, and when they function properly, they can actually save a company money. Don't believe that? Try running a 20-floor business and having your elevators break down. Suddenly, those IT professionals who need to get to the 20th floor to repair your compromised server have to climb 19 flights of stairs. And that is before they can even start fixing the problem!

The primary benefit of elevator maintenance software is that it keeps your elevators in working order (when employed properly). By ensuring that work orders and preventative maintenance schedules are followed, a facility manager can rest assured that their elevators continue to go up and down (or side to side if you live in a science fiction movie) for years to come.

Elevator management also helps you to maintain peak efficiency and performance of your elevators, which is crucial in both business and residential settings. Think of a hotel or apartment building where the elevators are slow or loud or have poor lighting. This is bad for repeat business and tenant happiness. Stay on top of performance issues as soon as they arise - or better yet, before.

By monitoring maintenance reports (another part of your software), you can accurately predict future problems with your elevators so you know when breakdowns and failures can happen and are prepared for them. In addition, you can also look for areas of improvement to increase performance.

Along the same lines, you can streamline your budget and, in fact, even stay within budget limits by knowing what parts you can expect to need throughout the quarter and year and not having to worry about double-ordering parts, as your maintenance software is perfect for asset tracking.

Safety is another key area of concern for elevators - perceived or otherwise. Making sure the elevator service is functioning during critical times is important for the safety of workers, residents, and customers. In the event that a problem does occur, the documentation and reports that your elevator maintenance software stores act as proof that you - and your staff - did everything in your power to assure that the elevators were running properly.

Speaking of documentation, computerized maintenance management software, and maintenance software of all types, typically is great at storing data, like information on how to operate equipment, user manuals, regulatory documents (such as OSHA standards), warranty and vendor information - virtually every piece of data you can think of. Having this info at hand is crucial in times of outages and mission-critical situations. No more running around to find that repairman"s phone number - just pull up your elevator"s record and you are all set!

Finally, elevator software performs one more function - accounting, not just financial accounting (it does this as well) but accountability, too. It is one thing to create a work order or schedule preventative maintenance and another to make sure it was followed through with. This is important for so many reasons, the least of which is streamlining your staffing needs and justifying your department"s importance to the higher-ups - pun intended!


Lisa Richards

About the Author – Lisa Richards

Lisa Richards is an experienced professional in the field of industrial management and is an avid blogger about maintenance management systems and productivity innovation. Richards' undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering opened the door for her initial career path with a Midwest-based agricultural implement manufacturer with global market reach. Over a span of 10 years, Lisa worked her way through various staff leadership positions in the manufacturing process until reaching the operations manager level at a construction and forestry equipment facility. Lisa excelled at increasing productivity while maintaining or lowering operating budgets for her plant sites.

An Illinois native, Lisa recently returned to her suburban Chicago North Shore hometown to raise her family. Lisa has chosen to be active in her community and schools while her two young girls begin their own journey through life. Richards has now joined the MAPCON team as an educational outreach writer in support of their efforts to inform maintenance management specialists about the advantages in marrying advanced maintenance software with cutting-edge facility and industrial management strategies.

Filed under: facility maintenance, elevator service — Lisa Richards on June 25, 2014