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February 19, 2016

Is a Mobile CMMS a Good Fit for Your Company?

MAPCON Mobile

These days, many facilities have embraced the power and convenience of a mobile CMMS. Before investing the time and resources required to get it up and running, you may want to consider if a mobile CMMS really is the best fit for your company.

Do you need to browse inventory, work orders, or assets while on the floor?

One of the biggest advantages of a mobile CMMS is the portability. Workers can easily carry a smartphone or tablet to the floor with them, instead of having to go back to a PC to look up information. If CMMS portability isn’t important to your business, a mobile version may not be necessary.

Is fast emergency response capability important?

Work orders can be created and closed within a mobile CMMS, which can be very helpful when a critical machine goes down. A technician will be able to see the work request on their mobile device and get working on it immediately, thus reducing overall machine downtime.

Do you frequently view reports in your CMMS?

With a mobile app, the reports you view regularly in your CMMS will now be available on your smartphone or tablet.

Do your workers add attachments to work orders?

When it comes to attachments, a mobile CMMS can be invaluable. When a machine breaks down, workers can look in their CMMS for the manual to see if and how the machine can be repaired. Pictures can also easily be attached to work requests and equipment, to help prevent mistakes.

Does your facility use barcoding?

Another place where a mobile CMMS proves invaluable is when paired with barcoding. All barcode scanning can be done via a smartphone or tablet, instead of a barcode scanner. Using the mobile CMMS along with barcoding can make inventory management a lot easier and more convenient.

Do you contact your vendors to place orders?

In the vendor screen of a mobile CMMS, you can click on the vendor’s phone number and dial them, while out on the floor. This can help eliminate errors because workers can be standing right in front of the machine they need parts for, instead of writing it down and trekking over to a PC.

If CMMS users can answer yes to one or more of these questions, a mobile CMMS system may indeed make sense for their operation.

 

Heather Wilkerson

About the Author – Heather Wilkerson

Heather graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Mapcon Technologies, Inc. She has been with the company since 2015. Heather has written industry articles that have appeared in magazines, such as Maintenance Technology, Biofuels International, and Plant Engineering.

Filed under: cmms for smartphones, MAPCON Mobile CMMS, mobile cmmsHeather Wilkerson on February 19, 2016