In the past few years, plant maintenance has become increasingly important due to business, economic, and technological influences. Regular preventive maintenance (PM) is important for preventing unplanned downtime and ensuring that machines and equipment are functioning safely.

Preventive maintenance requires careful planning, precise scheduling, and accurate data, and it is important that you fulfill these requirements to optimize your PMs and get the most out of them.

Challenges of Preventive Maintenance Data

Preventive maintenance data is incredibly complex, and many asset-intensive companies run into challenges in this area. Asset-intensive companies have large numbers of PM plans in their EAM or CMMS systems, which pose a serious data management challenge. Some PMs may be set up to schedule maintenance too frequently and this results in unnecessary work but changing all your PMs can be a challenging task. If you are planning an EAM migration, then this is an ideal time to optimize your PMs.

A Migration is an Ideal Time to Reorganize Your PMs in Your Asset Hierarchy

Time-based PMs are often not correctly superseded by condition-based strategies, and this results in duplicated maintenance activities. Within an asset hierarchy, PMs can be located at inconsistent hierarchy levels or at the wrong level all together. With this much preventive maintenance disorganization it becomes difficult to accurately measure resources such as manpower needed for work required, work prioritization is inefficient, and managers struggle to measure and report on the work backlog or whether work is completed efficiently. Regulations add another layer to these issues, and disorganization makes it difficult to comply with mandatory work.

During an EAM migration is an ideal time to review your asset hierarchy and see if the structure can be modified to improve performance. This is because it is challenging to fix your hierarchy in a live system with lots of transactional data. A migration provides an opportunity when you already need to bring your data out of your current EAM or CMMS system.

It is Challenging to Edit or Change Your PMs After Migration

PMs are challenging to edit and change in most EAM systems. Once they have been set up inefficiently without IIOT, APM, and condition-based monitoring in mind, it makes it very challenging to transition from time or usage-based PMs.

It is much easier to edit or change your PMs before a migration when they are not already set up in your EAM or associated with historical work order data and when changes can be made in connection with a migration or upgrade.

Fix Foundational Data Issues to Optimize Your PMs

For PMs to be successful, they must be based on accurate asset and maintenance master data. It is vital that you fix your master data before your EAM migration so that your new EAM will be set up to support preventive maintenance or other work management and improved maintenance programs.

Optimize Your PMs to Get the Most out of Your New EAM System

Optimizing your PMs, restructuring your asset hierarchy, and improving the quality of your master data are essential steps for ensuring you get the most out of your new EAM system.

NRX AssetHub, powered by HubHead Corp., provides asset-intensive businesses with world-class software for visualizing, building, editing, organizing, governing, and sustaining high-quality asset and maintenance master data for their EAM and CMMS systems. This allows companies to ensure that their PMs are optimized in their new EAM system. If you would like to learn more about preventive maintenance optimization, book a demo, and our team would be happy to help you!

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