Improve Maintenance Team Collaboration with a CMMS

You might assume that getting your organization on board with a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is all about reducing the hard copy paper trail. And, while CMMS software is beneficial for creating digital documentation and building consistency in your workflows, one of the best outcomes of adopting a CMMS system is vastly improved collaboration.

Benefits of CMMS in Maintenance Collaboration

  • Increased productivity
  • Better utilization of resources
  • Enhanced team coordination
  • Improved accountability

The ability to share and act on information in real time shouldn’t be underestimated. As businesses across the globe continue to experience challenging economic conditions, identifying areas to cut costs and improving the efficiency of maintenance planning continues to drive business success.

A recent survey from Plant Engineering reveals that almost 60% of plant engineers, managers, and maintenance professionals use a CMMS, with a further 39% using more sophisticated Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software. This shift towards digital maintenance management solutions naturally delivers better visibility of metrics like Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) and a more holistic view of asset performance.

However, the clear and transparent communication that a CMMS brings shores up this data, solving a host of common problems and creating a more positive and collaborative work environment for your team.

The Challenges in Maintenance Collaboration

It’s all too easy for busy maintenance workers, supervisors, and managers to operate in silos, resulting in scattered priorities, missed work orders, and disjointed goals.

Most workplaces have experienced the fallout from these issues: wasted time on site due to lack of communication, two techs working on the same problem, or turning up to jobs with the wrong part.

Many common problems stem from difficult, slow, unclear, or disparate communication methods:

Difficulty Sharing Information

Decentralized maintenance teams can be geographically isolated, relying on phone calls, email, and infrequent visits to the workshop to share vital information with colleagues and supervisors. Critical information can easily be missed, forgotten, or lost in the chaos of day-to-day maintenance tasks.

Inefficiency Due to Manual, Paper-Based Documentation

When everyday tasks like work order management, preventive maintenance, and asset management tasks are completed using paper forms and checklists, your business misses a vital opportunity to track the performance of assets over time. Companies that require maintenance crews to fill out a paper form and then repeat this process by entering the information into a spreadsheet are creating twice the work for employees. Paper-based documents can also be easily damaged, lost in the trunk of work vehicles, or left behind on site.

Communication Barriers

Communication and social hierarchies can have an impact on your team’s efficiency. It can be unnecessarily confrontational for a maintenance worker to approach a supervisor when it is clear that the supervisor is a roadblock in getting things done.

When there is no transparent system in place to manage communication and responsibilities, the onus falls on individuals to feel comfortable enough to raise issues.

Scheduling Conflicts

Both remote and in-house teams can experience scheduling overlaps or wasted downtime, especially when maintenance work is scheduled on a whiteboard or a combination of incompatible online calendars.

Missed jobs, impractical maintenance schedules, and double-booking are more prevalent when organizations rely on emails, paper systems, and phone calls to communicate upcoming work.

So how can businesses overcome these collaboration issues?

The Role of CMMS Software in Collaborative Maintenance

Communication and collaboration are critical in maintenance work, streamlining workflows and ensuring your maintenance team meets their KPIs and delivers maximum uptime.

Companies ready to commit to digital transformation are ahead of the game. Combining IOT-connected equipment and cloud-based apps with organizational and cultural change is the key to optimizing maintenance processes.

Maintenance management software can bridge these gaps within your maintenance operations, bringing communication, context, transparency, and efficiency to your maintenance activities.

How a CMMS Facilitates Better Collaboration

1. Offers a Centralized Information System

Real-time data accessibility and customizable dashboards give everyone a clear overview of what needs to be done and by whom. Standardized data input and retrieval eliminates isolated paper documentation processes–everything is in one place.

2. Improved Scheduling and Task Allocation

Always be on top of who is doing what and when. Automated scheduling helps speed up workflows by automatically slotting future predictive maintenance tasks into each tech’s schedule. Automatic prioritization of tasks helps you repair critical assets first.

3. Provides One Efficient Communication Platform

No more searching through emails, binders, or text messages for information, job sheets, or manuals: an integrated messaging system provides notifications and alerts on an employee’s mobile device. Maintenance teams and supervisors can also take advantage of instant chat functionality.

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Boost Collaboration with MaintainX

Your software should do more than just work order scheduling: technicians should feel confident communicating, problem-solving, and uploading files related to maintenance requests.

A user-friendly CMMS designed for maintenance crews is the key to better team collaboration. MaintainX meets this requirement for maintenance-heavy organizations, automating workflows, streamlining team communication, and tracking maintenance activities across all your equipment and facilities.

FAQs

How long does it take to implement MaintainX?

On average, it takes three weeks to implement one site on MaintainX. Learn more about our Implementation services here.

Is MaintainX secure?

MaintainX is compliant with security standards, including SOC 2, ISO 27001 & GDPR. It also supports Single Sign-On (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA) and custom permissions and roles. For more information, visit our Trust Center page.

Does MaintainX support multiple sites?

Yes, MaintainX Enterprise allows you to manage multiple plants or facilities within the same platform. You can also create customized reporting dashboards to track KPIs across multiple sites on the same screen.

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Caroline Eisner

Caroline Eisner is a writer and editor with experience across the profit and nonprofit sectors, government, education, and financial organizations. She has held leadership positions in K16 institutions and has led large-scale digital projects, interactive websites, and a business writing consultancy.

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