Nearly everyone with a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) uses it to schedule and track maintenance — and nearly everyone underutilizes it. The early CMMS products put paper PM processes into electronic format, but today’s CMMS can do far more. Two examples include:

  1. Analyze task relationships. Tasks may be related in some way whereby scheduling them together saves time and money. Consider timing (e.g., available downtime), required skill set, and involvement of contractors.
  2. Compare maintenance data trends to maintenance intervals. If a motor's alignment is consistently well within tolerance, why check it every quarter?
Dig into your CMMS to see what tools it has for optimizing your maintenance scheduling.