Supercharge your maintenance strategy
Learn and discuss ways to evolve your maintenance strategy including predictive, prescriptive, AI, IIoT, integrations and more
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Work is deferred for a reason—you didn’t have the time or resources to get it done. And let’s face it, there’s a slim chance you’ll get enough of an opening in your schedule to tackle everything on your team’s to-do list.That means you need to pick and choose which tasks to prioritize. And that decision can quickly become an emotional one. It’s when recency bias, routine, and gut feelings take over. None are great for equipment health.The template below can help. It allows you to prioritize your planned maintenance backlog while avoiding messy guesswork in the process. You can get a sneak peek of the template and download the full framework below.How do you prioritize backlog? Let me know!
We're already halfway through the year (although I swear it was JUST January), which means 2022 planning isn't far away. If the thought of goal-setting and planning is twisting your stomach into knots, the template below can help.It’s a simple framework for connecting business objectives to maintenance goals and matching goals to KPIs, metrics, and a strategy. Not only will it make the planning process faster and easier, but you'll also be able to prove the impact of maintenance on your business.You can download the template from the attachment and see a preview below. And let me know how you create your maintenance goals for the year!
Over the next five weeks we’re going to share our tips on how to progressively improve the quality and level of detail in your work orders so that they’re top-notch 👌. Starting with Stage 1 this week and we’ll add the next stages to this thread over the coming weeks. Subscribe ⭐️ below to get a notification when we post each new stage. Stage 1 of 5 Goal: Minimize your work order backlog and start building the fundamental habits to capture useful and accurate data/metrics.Incentive: Establish a culture of defect identification and reduction (see something, say something) to inform preventative maintenance scheduling and create tighter connections between operations and maintenance teams. ✅ Preventative scheduled maintenance Setup your preventative scheduled maintenance with maintenance types and work order statuses that are updated correctly for your needs. You can update these in the lookup tables in CMMS settings. ✅ Logging work requests through the Work Request Portal Creating w
We’re sharing our tips on how to progressively improve the quality and level of detail in your work orders so that they’re top-notch 👌 in 5 stages. If you missed the first three stages, you can check them out here ⤵ Stage 4 of 5 Goal: Get accurate insight on the material costs per asset to better understand which assets are costing the most to maintain and help make informed business decisions on whether to maintain or replace existing assets.Incentive: The ability to use the AI powered Fiix Foresight parts forecaster report to predict parts usage, leading to less capital sitting on shelves and fewer stock-outs. ✅ Parts usage Parts labeled with proper naming/coding conventions and key fields such as price and minimum quantity are filled in. Parts are consumed against work orders to track material costs for specific assets or types of maintenance activities. Any misc costs could be added in addition to, or instead of parts. ✅ Purchase requests Submitting purchase requests via
We’re sharing our tips on how to progressively improve the quality and level of detail in your work orders so that they’re top-notch 👌 in 5 stages. If you missed the first four stages, you can check them out here ⤵ Stage 5 of 5 Goal: A connected system between operations and maintenance to achieve less downtime and more production output.Incentive: Gain real insights into how breakdowns are affecting your production, and thus your bottom line. The opportunity to explore the Fiix Integration Hub to create a highly connected business with production/operations in sync with maintenance. ✅ Logging asset downtime through work orders Set assets offline within work orders to directly link maintenance activities to machine availability and uptime. ✅ Failure codes Using failure codes to track common failures, causes and solutions (Enterprise tier only). ✅ Integrate your CMMS with PLCs and other data monitoring systems Through open API, monitor status and trigger events based on real-tim
We’re sharing our tips on how to progressively improve the quality and level of detail in your work orders so that they’re top-notch 👌 in 5 stages. If you missed the first two stages, you can check them out here ⤵ Stage 3 of 5 Goal: Get accurate insight into how your team is spending their time to better understand labor costs (workload) & assess which assets are most time consuming.Incentive: Hours logged is an important metric to make business decisions such as replacing consistently failing assets or justifying additional headcount. It also helps highlight good habits by technicians and identify where others might need some help. ✅ Labor hours Logged on all work orders. Best practice is to use the Fiix mobile app. ✅ Track external labor Create 'inactive' users to represent external contractors and service providers, and appoint someone on your team to track their labor hours on work orders as well. KPIs to assess your progress: Report id 738: Scheduled vs. Unplanned M
Veteran Fiix user, Tom Dufton (@Tdufton), has worn many hats over the span of his 20-year career. While he started out as a licenced red seal 309 electrician, he now works as a maintenance and project manager at Perth County Ingredients, where he is fully honed in on introducing Fiix to help modernize eight L.H. Gray facilities across Canada.In this webinar, we break our discussion down into two buckets: Quality data in - How to make it easier for technicians to access and capture information, as well as incorporating automation to increase the accuracy of the data in your CMMS. Actionable data out - The KPIs Tom and his team are focused on to drive improvement and share their progress with upper management.A simple concept that requires dedication to implement in practice.Watch the recording to learn some practical tips to get everyone on your team rowing in the same direction in order to make big moves. Questions or comments? Post in the thread below to connect directly with the pan
We’re sharing our tips on how to progressively improve the quality and level of detail in your work orders so that they’re top-notch 👌 in 5 stages. If you missed Stage 1, you can check it out here ⤵ Stage 2 of 5 Goal: Include relevant steps, instructions and visual aids to make completing work orders easier. Once work is completed ensuring relevant completion notes and follow up images post-repair are available for future reference.Incentive: Work orders are easy to reference for new hires, are more likely to pass audits, and are able to be analyzed by Fiix Foresight to generate your work order insights report to track trends & look for outliers. ✅ Tasks and task groups Added to all scheduled maintenance. Added to reactive work orders where relevant. ✅ Relevant documents and visual aids Relevant pictures or other files i.e. drawings, schematics are added to all scheduled maintenance. ✅ Completion notes Added to all work orders. Images are added to closed work orders wher
Evolving your scheduling strategy to automatic condition-based triggers is a powerful way to become more efficient and stop wasting time and money on extra maintenance you don’t have to do.Watch our conversation with member Jason Stokes (@JasonStokes) Maintenance Supervisor at Boyd Corporation, where he’ll give us an inside look at how they’re currently using their Fiix CMMS along with Fiix app exchange partner, MachineMetrics, and their future plans for integrating the two systems to achieve condition-based maintenance. In this webinar, you’ll learn:The different types of condition-based monitoring and a rundown on some of the common techniques used to monitor assets How switching from an Access database to a CMMS helped Boyd Corp become more efficient How MachineMetrics enables manufacturers to connect, collect & visualize asset data for identifying bottlenecks and areas most prone to downtime How to connect other maintenance and business tools and software to your CMMS using th
We often receive messages letting us know that you wish you could attend the live webinar but just can’t at the specified time. We get it - different time zones and demanding schedules mean that sometimes you’ve got to catch it on-demand. What’s great about our community is that you can still connect with the panelists anytime to comment or ask questions as if you were in the live event! Watch on your own time and still have the opportunity to join the conversation, that’s a win-win.SynopsisFor Ice River Sustainable Solutions, a Canadian family-run bottled water company committed to sustainable manufacturing, linking sustainability to maintenance outcomes comes naturally. In this webinar, members Crystal Howe (@Chowe) Sustainability Manager and Joy Marshall-Haw (@JOY) Continuous Improvement Coordinator join Fiix Sustainability & Social Impact Manager @katie.allen for a panel discussion on how making sustainability part of your maintenance and reliability strategy is easier than you
For Chewy, multi-national pet food manufacturer and online retailer of pet supplies, 2020 brought a surge in demand due to the increase in pet ownership 🐕. In this webinar, member @jmorgan1 Fiix CMMS Program Manager at Chewy, shares how the advanced features available to them on the Enterprise Tier enabled them to keep up with demand while improving reliability, the bottom line, and ultimately keeping their furry (and scaled) customers happy. Continue the conversation by posting any of your comments or questions for @jmorgan1 or @jasonafara in this thread
Have you checked out the Fiix app exchange yet?The Fiix app exchange is a vetted network of IoT partners and out-of-the-box connectors that make it easy to integrate your CMMS with sensors, production systems, fleet, and critical enterprise systems. At Fiix, we don’t believe in only offering developer tools for integrations, leaving you to figure it out on your own which can be costly and time-consuming.Instead, we’re focused on offering an open API and a wide range of no-coding required turnkey solutions — a one-stop-shop offering endless easy ways to sync applications, data, and workflows. Our app exchange includes industrial equipment and control solutions, heavy equipment fleet management software, highway fleet software, building control management systems, and pre-built connectors to hundreds of enterprise systems like ERP, CRM, WMS, and more. Explore our vetted partner network Don't see what you're looking for?We’re not kidding about being the most open CMMS platform available.
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Even the most reactive maintenance team can start collecting, organizing, and using equipment data to automate maintenance -- Join this webinar to learn how! Driving Automated Maintenance Solutions with Real-Time DataTuesday January 26th | 1:00 pm ESTREGISTER NOW Webinar SynopsisManufacturers understand that maintenance is a make-or-break activity, especially in high-dollar, fast-moving, and high-competition verticals.So, how do you take the leap from a state of reactive maintenance to predictive and prescriptive maintenance? How do you reap the benefits of a modern maintenance strategy while avoiding pitfalls along the way?In this webinar, Graham Immerman of MachineMetrics and Sandy D’Souza of Fiix, will discuss how to build a roadmap to maintenance automation, as well as demonstrate the power of our new combined offering that enables manufacturing teams to monitor the health of equipment in real-time to automatically trigger maintenance activities. Want a sneak peak of Fiix + Machine
We’re interested in hearing some of your maintenance-related resolutions for 2021. What are you hoping to accomplish this year? What’s your main focus? Resolutions can be hard to keep as new things get thrown our way. So, make it official. Put it in writing in the comments below Another Fiixer may have been there and can share some helpful advice. Or, someone else may have the same resolution and you can collaborate. Plus, it’ll feel so good when you can come back and declare to us all that you’ve kept your resolution!
Check out how the world’s biggest toy manufacturer gamified maintenance with AI to beat downtime and reduce the cost of production in our latest case study. This is a holiday edition case study. All facts, figures, names, and allusions to imaginary corporations run by a man in a red suit are fictional. However, the benefits of using Fiix and the latest product features are 100% real. The company had to make more than 22 million toys in under four months. With so many different products on order—phones, baseballs, Lego sets, etc.—there was little margin for error.“Breakdowns happen, that’s just a fact of life in manufacturing,” says Yule Elfson, NPI’s Manager of Operations.“But we can’t afford less than 98% availability during the busy season. That’s why we value scheduled maintenance so much. We know it’s coming. We can plan for it. It keeps equipment running.” Listen to Yule Elfson describe what it felt like when three lines went down at the same time --> “Doing reactive maintenan
In the age of Industry 4.0, there are so many buzzwords being thrown around that it’sdifficult to keep track of them all. What’s the difference between Industry 4.0, IIoT, and Digital Transformation? What about Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning? Condition Monitoring vs. Performance Monitoring? Is the Digital Twin your company’s evil replicant or a new way to approach continuous process improvement?One of our Fiix App Exchange partners, MachineMetrics, figured it would be helpful to create “The MachineMetrics IIoT Manufacturing Dictionary: a reference resource for those seeking definition or better understanding of any buzzword, keyword, or term pertaining to the new age of manufacturing”. We’ve attached their Second Edition to this post for your easy reference.Is this dictionary useful to you? If so, this post to let your community know. MachineMetrics CEO, Bill Bither, will be speaking at our upcoming user conference, Fiix Forward 2020!Make better decisions by connecting e
Fiix Director of Strategic Alliances, Sandy D'Souza, participated in a discussion with MachineMetrics VP of Marketing, Graham Immerman, and Founder and Head of Client Strategy at Very, Benjamin Wald, about the future of remote work for manufacturing.In this clip, Graham poses the question, “for some roles, is work from home realistic?” stating that “during times like this” we are forced to determine what jobs that were done manually in the past can be automated, and what tasks that were taken for granted as needed are no longer necessary - what roles should they be looking at and saying, hey, can we maybe take this remote?Ben challenges us to instead look at this question from a different perspective - what jobs can’t go remote - and we may be surprised by what we find when we let go of our preconceived notions about certain jobs.Sandy elaborates on this idea by giving an example in a manufacturing environment where even if you can’t make a particular job fully remote, you can move tow
We’ll get straight to the point: Managing parts inventory is a pain in the a$$.Between just-in-time, rolling average, or sawtooth, there’s no perfect method to accurately predict what parts you’ll need on hand. It generally requires hiring an inventory manager, studying models like economic quantity order (EOQ) and lots of spreadsheets.But there’s a better way.Fiix just launched its parts forecaster, which automatically sorts through a bunch of data in your CMMS and helps you find trends so you can keep the right parts on hand. What is the parts forecaster and how is it different? The parts forecaster works with the parts feature in your CMMS. Instead of relying on spreadsheets or complicated inventory models, it uses your real historical data to predict parts use and make inventory recommendations.It’s the first feature built on our Fiix Foresight AI engine. Since it runs on AI, the parts forecaster can look at a lot of data really quickly. And it’s built right into your CMMS, so it t
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