Making the Most of the Industrial Revolution with CMMS SaaS

Many sit back and imagine the reactions of our forefathers if they could see how we live and work today. Thanks the greatest minds in history, life is, in many ways, far simpler than it once was. Technology of the past has been greatly improved upon with new conveniences being introduced on an almost daily basis.

The manufacturing process once required vast amounts of time and manpower in order to create a single product. Machines now perform in a matter or hours or minutes what once took days or weeks to accomplish. Mass production brought about the need for widespread distribution, a feat only be accomplished by a sizable fleet rather than the one vehicle fleets of the past.

These machines, fleet vehicles included, require upkeep in order to perform their duties adequately. Though they largely manage our lives, we must manage them in order to maintain this comfortable symbiosis we have come to enjoy. The problem here is this: the increased number of machines greatly compounds the maintenance factors to remember. A single plant manager could never keep up with it all without an endless supply of sticky notes and a vast area in which to affix them.

A computerized maintenance management system, or CMMS, transforms all this into something as simple as a query. Further facilitating this process is software as a service, better known as CMMS SaaS, which is delivered via the internet rather than through an in-house infrastructure. Information about these machines, such as purchase dates, recommended maintenance schedules, prior repairs and other pertinent data is programmed into the system.

Every relevant detail can be programmed in, right down to the type of oil the company mechanic would put into a delivery truck or where a technician would find the transmission chain for a planing machine. The end result of such technology is an easily manageable facility where computer generated reports remind those in charge of when preventative maintenance is necessary, when a vehicle should be upgraded to a newer model, or when the parts supply room needs to be restocked.

The benefits of this type of system span into construction, health care, and any number of other sectors, and it can be modified to fit the unique needs of each company using it. Our forefathers would probably wonder why this type of technology wasn’t invented at the onset of the industrial revolution.