July 1998

Maintenance Management

Make computerized maintenance management systems pay off

Take the correct steps to ensure successful implementation

Weiss, W. H., Consultant

Adhering to the traditional approach to maintenance operations, some maintenance managers in the past felt that "if the plant's equipment ran, you left it alone; if it broke down, you fixed it." Yet if these managers were questioned on this philosophy, they would usually admit, "There was always too much downtime on the equipment because something somewhere consistently broke down." Not surprising then, a better approach to maintenance management was needed. With the advent of the computer, computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) have become a reality. The programmed approach to protecting a plant's productive assets has attained a sophisticated level in user implementati

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