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SOMAX CMMS Blog

Whew! Where does the time go to validate?

Posted by Nick Fuchs on Nov 16, 2016 2:22:00 PM

It’s been a while since SOMAX has posted to our blog and we wanted to say that we are still here! If you’ve ever been a maintenance manager, or worked around one, you too know how they can go “MIA” and are hard to track down.

We also have been this way while working on creating new modules and better functions in SOMAX. A lot of maintenance managers would like help in predicting, preventing, and documenting a lot of their plant activities. For instance, while driving home tonight wouldn’t it be great to foresee that if you kept traveling at your current speed, you’re going to run through the next camera-protected red light? I know for me I would like to know that and avoid any and all traffic tickets!

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management, todays technology, monitor, foresee, iIoT, SaaS, validate, prevent, IoT

5 Reasons Why IT Departments Love SOMAX CMMS

Posted by Nick Fuchs on Sep 14, 2016 6:29:21 PM

No matter your industry, no matter your company, no matter your size, if you have computers, you likely have an IT department. You know, those protectors of the passwords, doormen of the data, and sentries of the server. We all know the challenges that IT faces, and with the world continuously turning to SaaS (Software as a Service) companies to handle their enterprise application needs, IT has a tougher job than ever before. Data protection, security checks and user management are important pieces of the IT puzzle. These stalwarts of tech have an important job to do, and we recognize that. In fact, we love IT departments. They're some of our biggest fans because we work hard to make their job easier. Here's five reasons we feel the love from those friends of the firewall on a regular basis. 

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management, SaaS

How the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Sep 2, 2016 2:01:50 PM

We recently held a webinar titled: How the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of CMMS. We really loved the content of the presentation, and are planning to make a whole series about how CMMS will continue to change and evolve thanks to the Internet of Things. We put together a recorded version of that webinar so everyone could have a chance to check it out. We hope you enjoy it!

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Internet of Things, Maintenance Management, industrial internet of things

3 Changes That'll Make a Big Difference With Your CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 29, 2016 12:55:13 PM

Change is one of those inevitable facts of life. Things change, people change, everything changes, well, everything except your CMMS. Day after day your valuable system sits there performing the same tasks, pumping out the same preventive maintenance routines, checking out the same parts, creating, tracking, and closing the same work orders. Let's face it, your system is bored. So what can you do to liven up this relationship and get it out of the doldrums? By bringing your system up-to-date with modern technology, or switching to an entirely new system built with this technology in mind, you can give yourself, and your system, a much needed boost that will increase productivity, save time and money, and give you a new set of tools to grow and evolve your maintenance department. Here's three big changes you can make that will bring your system into the present, and prepare you for the future:

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Mobile CMMS, Internet of Things, Maintenance Management

Welcome to the Jungle: Tips to Organizing Parts in Your CMMS

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 19, 2016 5:38:46 PM

Spare parts, rebuilt parts, broken parts, returns, warranties, stock parts, non-stock parts, part checkout, part return, lost parts, labels, counts...and that's just the start of a list encompassing everything about your store room! Whether you call it a parts room, store room, crib, locker, inventory area, or anything else, that place where you keep all your parts is vital to the success of your operation. Without those little pieces of wire, metal and plastic, among other things, your operation could be brought to its knees by a simple problem, creating crippling down time that can cost thousands, if not millions. So, how can you use your CMMS to ensure that your parts are always right where they need to be, when they need to be there? We've put together a few tips on how to organize your parts in your maintenance management software to best handle your store room.

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Mobile CMMS, Maintenance Management, Inventory Management, Part Store Rooms

5 Rules Anyone Implementing a CMMS Should Know

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 19, 2016 1:34:08 PM

Rules, they're everywhere, and they're pretty impossible to get away from. Usually they serve a very important purpose, to keep you or others around you safe. We've all heard things like; don't touch the stove, look both ways before you cross the street, stop jumping off the garage (was that one just me?) Well, CMMS has rules too, and while we can't enforce them to keep you safe, they are their to keep you from hurting yourself by setting up a maintenance management system that will cause problems in the future. We've rounded up our top five rules anyone working with maintenance management software should follow. You may not hurt yourself if you break these rules, but you may still pay the price in the end.

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management

CMMS: Expectations vs Reality

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 18, 2016 7:02:26 PM

Everyone has expectations. whether they're about your food, your life, or your maintenance software, we all have them. Sometimes these expectation are right on the nose with reality, and sometimes they're a little out there. We've put together a few expectations that we've heard throughout our time with customers over the last year or so, and some realities for those expectations. Whether good or bad, we try to keep it real, so here's a few expectations and realities about CMMS.

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management

Want to Attend a Great Internet of Things and CMMS Webinar?

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 17, 2016 1:00:46 PM

We don't usually use our blog to advertise because we always strive to give objective information about maintenance management and CMMS, as well as other great topics like the Internet of Things, sanitation, facility management and more. But, and this is a big but for us, we had to talk about our upcoming webinar: How the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of CMMS. We can't wait for this presentation. It was a hit at NFMT 2016 in March, and we've added to and improved it a great deal since then to provide the most up-to-date information about the Internet of Things' continued effect on CMMS now and in the future. We're sure anyone that would like to attend has a few questions, so we've answered them here.

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Internet of Things, Maintenance Management

Why We Love the Internet of Things for CMMS (And You Should, Too!)

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 12, 2016 4:02:06 PM

We like to talk about the Internet of Things and its effect on maintenance management and maintenance management software a lot, seriously, a lot. We love to talk about it so much because of the impact we know it will have on our entire industry and all the great people we work with on a daily basis. When something is going to impact your business this heavily and essentially change your entire product model, you may want to keep an eye, or two, or your entire company looking at it, right? We're committed to keeping our readers up-to-date on anything and everything that can benefit your organization and make your CMMS more effective, so we've put together a few more reasons we love the Internet of Things, and why we think you should too!

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Topics: CMMS, Internet of Things, Maintenance Management, industrial internet of things, data collection

7 Signs You're a Maintenance Manager

Posted by Phillip Thiel on Aug 10, 2016 3:23:26 PM

Anyone that works in maintenance management knows that life can get very interesting, very quickly. Between balancing budgets, scheduling employees, maintaining parts and inventory, and actually keeping your equipment functional and your operation running, there's a lot to do. We work with maintenance departments every day, and our company was founded, and is run, by former maintenance people, so we put together a list that we think profiles you wonderful keepers of the wrench pretty well. Enjoy!
 

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Topics: CMMS, Maintenance Management Software, Maintenance Management

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