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May 22, 2023

Improve Inventory Management

Have you ever taken stock (no pun intended) of your garage or workshop? One day, you looked at everything and realized how disorganized it's become. You have a serious problem with inventory. While improving inventory management at home may not take much effort, the same may not be said of a disorganized stockroom at the workplace. Let's look at some steps you can follow for both situations.

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Filed under: inventory, maintenance — Stephen Brayton on Monday, May 22, 2023

May 15, 2023

Are You Ready For A CMMS?

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient, well-defined operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient or poorly defined operation will magnify the inefficiency. – Bill Gates

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Filed under: maintenanc, CMMS, industry — Stephen Brayton on Monday, May 15, 2023

May 08, 2023

Eight Reasons For Preventive Maintenance

Most everyone would agree that preventive maintenance is important. However, if we are asked to make a list of why, it might be a bit of a challenge. We might come up with one or two. As a way to provide eight reasons for preventive maintenance, I'll use a recent visit to my friend Bob.

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Filed under: preventive maintenance, safety, cmms, — Stephen Brayton on Monday, May 08, 2023

May 01, 2023

CMMS In Other Languages

You're in the maintenance department of a medium to large-sized industry. You're enjoying the benefits of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). You understand the organization the system brings to assets, inventory, preventive maintenance, work orders, purchasing, human resources, and barcoding. However, you have some maintenance technicians or other system users whose native language is not English. Since you're looking for the best productivity from coworkers, this is one area to improve. How can you have a CMMS in other languages? The answer is that the CMMS company's software programmers would spend some time making everything work. While that's a pretty obvious answer, you might have further questions. Let's look at some of those and explore this topic further.

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Filed under: CMMS, maintenance, foreign language — Stephen Brayton on Monday, May 01, 2023

April 24, 2023

Is Maintenance An Operating Expense?

When I saw this question while researching blog topics, I was momentarily taken aback. To me—and maybe most people—the answer was quite obvious.

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Filed under: expense, maintenance, CMMS — Stephen Brayton on Monday, April 24, 2023

April 17, 2023

Work Order Steps

From July 7, 1953, to July 26, 1956, there was a radio show called 21st Precinct. It concerned officers in a New York City police department. Each show began with a telephone ringing, the desk sergeant answering, and his side of a conversation about a crime. At some point, the announcer broke in by saying something along the lines of "A call has come in. You will follow that call from beginning to end."

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Filed under: work order, maintenance, CMMS — Stephen Brayton on Monday, April 17, 2023

April 10, 2023

The Value Of A CMMS

"Values are like lighthouses; they are signals giving us direction, meaning, and purpose." – Recruiter Journal

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Filed under: maintenance, asset management, inventory management — Stephen Brayton on Monday, April 10, 2023

April 03, 2023

Spare Parts And The Equipment Family

Last weekend, I visited my friend, Bob. He'd asked if I could assist with some non-emergency projects around the house.

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Filed under: inventory, assets, maintenance — Stephen Brayton on Monday, April 03, 2023

February 28, 2023

Quantity Counts

I'll admit, math was not my favorite subject. I was fortunate to have Dad around who helped me through those algebraic formulas. No matter how well one does in school, we never get away from math, numbers, and how quantities count.

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Filed under: inventory, assets, maintenance — Stephen Brayton on Tuesday, February 28, 2023

February 28, 2023

Unplanned Downtime

All companies experience unplanned downtime in one form or another. When the term is discussed, it's usually related to companies with large processors, manufacturing equipment, conveyor belts, and the like. However, unplanned downtime can happen anywhere for a variety of reasons.

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Filed under: downtime, maintenance, assets — Stephen Brayton on Tuesday, February 28, 2023