It would not be wrong to say that technology has made a significant impact in every field over the last decade, be it the service sector or the manufacturing industry, technology has led to rapid evolution on how business is conducted. Tech innovations like sensors, 3D printed parts, and CMMS software has been ruling the maintenance industry in all sectors. Moreover, with data becoming the new oil, these innovations have become even more crucial. The introduction of robots, digital technologies, and IoT (Internet of Things) has revamped every organization’s processes and operating systems. With advanced technological support, it has brought more transparency into the system, it has enabled better and fast decision-making and has enhanced the organizations’ overall productivity.
With Smartphones becoming a new necessity, the role of mobility in business has also become very significant. From ERPs to the Computerised Maintenance Management System, every software has adopted mobility, so that work can continue seamlessly from anywhere and anytime. The most significant advantage of mobility is that it boosts collaborations, communication, precision, competence, and speed. With so much to offer, the maintenance based mobile application can lead an organization to success and help it achieve new heights.
When it comes to the manufacturing sector, the CMMS mobile application has played an important role. Most importantly, it has reduced the machine idle time to almost zero. Further, it has helped facility managers to take care of their assets and increase the lifespan of every asset without compromising on the quality of production.
What is Idle time meaning in manufacturing?
In simple words, Idle time is referred to the period during which the workforce is sitting idle. This could be due to maintenance activity, shortage of raw materials, labor strikes, accidents, or power failure.
Let’s look at how CMMS mobile application helps in advancing business:
- Advanced Inventory Management
Problem: During downtime, technicians waste a lot of time, figuring out the availability of spare parts. Facility managers take a long time to figure out whether the part is present in the stock or not; this delays the maintenance process and results in higher idle time.
Solution: This problem can be solved with the help of the CMMS mobile app; here, facility managers can check the presence of the stock in the inventory with just a single tap. The CMMS keeps a detailed record of the available inventory across all warehouses of the company present in every location.
- Promotes Preventive Maintenance Policy
Problem: Most maintenance activities are performed during repairs, which means that maintenance is done only when a machine stops working or is problematic. This kind of maintenance is called reactive maintenance. Here, the health of the asset is compromised as it does not go through regular check-ups, further it increases the downtime, and lastly, it also increases the cost of maintenance.
The most significant advantage of the CMMS mobile application is that it permits the technicians to work remotely. This means that now technicians can instantly access all queries from their smartphones and plan their actions as per the problem and be prepared to provide solutions immediately. Previously, technicians had to come to the factory to find the fault and then address the issue. With the CMMS mobile application, the turnaround time has reduced; thus, bringing in greater efficiency and better collaboration between teams.
- Better Data Analysis
Problem: Not all data present in the company records are valuable. Further, data gathered manually had less credibility, and therefore decisions and analysis based on such unreliable data were also defective.
Solution: With the CMMS, data entry can be performed instantly in real-time; further, it can also be viewed by the related stakeholders in real-time. Thus, it promotes transparency and collaboration between different departments. Moreover, the CMMs mobile application can create reports and graphical analysis, which are easy to understand. Decisions based on these reports are less risky and more informed.
The Bottom Line:
With smartphones, gaining entry in every pocket, it is the need of the hour for business to be present on the mobile platform. If used rightly, mobility can reduce physical dependency and increase your assets and your people’s overall productivity.