What is CMMS and how do you define CMMS?
The term CMMS is short for Computerized Maintenance Management System and is a computer software intended to support maintenance management. Like Enterprise Asset Management (EAM systems), it seeks to improve maintenance and management of company assets through streamlining and automation of maintenance management, work order management, inventory management, purchasing and clear scheduling. While a CMMS system is focused on maintenance and operations, EAM is considered a more long-term system, being a more comprehensive solution that includes all CMMS functions as well as asset lifecycle management functionality and support for analysis and optimization.
CMMS enables you to structure your work orders efficiently, without losing time on excessive paperwork and administration. It makes sure that all tasks are in order so that you can focus on doing your job.
This makes the management of your organization a lot easier. Through work order schedules, inventory forecasts, and other invaluable reports, you get immediate insights into maintenance needs. This information allows you to make better and faster decisions for your business, giving you instant solutions based on real-time data.
Overall, a good CMMS system optimizes your maintenance practices by introducing features that save time while reducing costs. A well-managed maintenance process and access to accurate data in the decision-making leads to improved asset reliability and higher productivity.
What is the difference between CMMS and EAM
CMMS is often used interchangeably with the term EAM, meaning Enterprise Asset Management. However, there is a clear difference between the two. CMMS focusses mainly on preventative maintenance, work order management, inventory scheduling, and asset tracking. In addition to this, EAMs focus also includes lifecycle planning tools, other predictive maintenance methods, workflow analysis, and more advanced metrics to analyze an asset’s future stated and continued reliability. In short, EAM offers a holistic approach to viewing, managing and analyzing physical assets.
CMMS and OEE – How are they related?
While CMMS and EAM are solutions to manage and maintain your equipment, the OEE system (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is there to get the most out of your assets. The OEE measures the overall effectiveness of your manufacturing equipment. It is a solution that helps to improve your business’ performance by identifying areas for improvement at the operational level. Using a good CMMS that is tailored to your business, will improve the availability, performance and quality of your equipment, improving the OEE. With an OEE system you get the tools to follow up your production and support to optimize the utilization of your manufacturing asset.