The Advance of CMMS Software


The global economic pressures bearing down on businesses large and small, together with an increasingly competitive environment make the role of today’s maintenance managers highly demanding. They face the difficult task of balancing the delivery of professional maintenance services aimed at reducing business risk, whilst keeping tight control of costs.

During the past two decades, advances in Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) have transformed manufacturing efficiency levels. As a result of these advances we now have the ability to automate many standard maintenance processes, analyse in detail various parts of our businesses, and manage the performance of much of our equipment.

Exchanging paper-based methods or spreadsheets for CMMS Software is empowering for Maintenance, Production and Engineering Managers alike; quite simply, a CMMS is an essential tool to move maintenance operations from reactive crisis management towards an effectively planned and controlled system.

CMMS Software delivers valuable information by providing the capability to manage an organisation’s asset portfolio down to individual asset level. A CMMS Software system can:

  • Enable the scheduling of asset related work, such as maintenance, testing, inspections and health and safety activities.
  • Determine the elements that affect reliability, servicing and repair, and highlight the most cost effective method of maintaining an asset.
  • Allow the creation of unique and flexible maintenance regimes to cover bespoke requirements.
  • Incorporate a help desk system providing a reactive maintenance solution.
  • Provide interactive tools to give a full overview of the maintenance jobs that are scheduled to take place during future periods.
  • Link to the mobile CAFM applications for field engineer use.

Some CMMS products focus on particular industry sectors while other packages aim to be more general. Most will produce status reports and documents giving details or summaries of maintenance activities. The more sophisticated the package, the more analysis facilities are available.

CMMS software and technology is continually evolving to keep pace with today’s leaner, greener operational environment and support changes to working practices.

CMMS Software enables maintenance managers to achieve greater control of:

  • Maintenance team workload and performance.
  • Day-to-day operating costs as well as total cost of ownership.
  • Unscheduled equipment down-time.
  • Unnecessary capital expenditure.
  • Timely management reporting.



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