The pace of change in maintenance is fast, and getting faster all the time. Technology is becoming more complex. Data has turned from a trickle into a tidal wave. Using software isn’t enough anymore — all your systems have to be connected and able to talk to each other. Everything in your organization has to be tied together, from different assets to entire departments.
Trying to keep up with this change can be overwhelming, like trying to jump into the open window of a speeding car. Fiix’s CMMS integrations are here to solve all that.
A quick explainer on CMMS integrations
There’s software to manage every part of business, from maintenance to sales. Most of these systems live on an island. They do one thing really well, but they do it alone. Building bridges between them improves their performance, but is usually expensive, complicated, and time-consuming.
Fiix’s Integration Hub builds these bridges for you, so you can enjoy the benefits of connecting these systems without having to spend weeks untangling complicated technical requirements and paying handsomely to do so. It does this by linking your CMMS software to every other piece of technology and equipment your organization needs to thrive now and in the future. These systems communicate with each other so you can collaborate better, improve asset performance, manage work, and make data-driven decisions.
4 ways to use CMMS integrations
Optimize preventive maintenance and establish condition-based maintenance
How it works: Sensors and meters track actual equipment usage, such as run hours and mileage, as well as real-time equipment conditions, such as vibration, temperature, and pressure. When one of these devices detects an anomaly, they will communicate with your CMMS and automatically trigger a work order for that asset. For example, a sensor might recognize that the temperature of motor has passed a certain threshold, or a SCADA system may identify that the motor has been running for a certain number of hours. This information is instantly communicated to your CMMS, which triggers a work order.
Why it matters: Your CMMS can now communicate with virtually any production system, including PLCs, SCADA systems, MES software, and industrial sensors. There are three main benefits of this — better maintenance scheduling, more efficient use of resources, and less downtime. Connecting to these systems eliminates the uncertainty of manual readings or observations, and ensures maintenance is only done when necessary. Fewer hours, parts, and dollars are used. And when potential failure is caught early, equipment can spend more time up and running instead of broken and idle.
Trying to keep up with the pace of change can be overwhelming, like trying to jump in the open window of a speeding car. Fiix’s CMMS integrations are here to solve all that.
Connect with ERP systems
How it works: ERP software organizes all the different elements of a business, like inventory, accounting, sales, and more, into one system. This creates a single source of information for the entire company while streamlining processes for everyone. Plugging your CMMS into an ERP enables you to see data from every part of the organization, and the rest of the organization can see relevant information from the maintenance team.
Why it matters: It allows you to see the bigger picture and make smarter, data-driven decisions. Maintenance success often relies on information and action from other departments. For example, inventory and finance play a role in making sure spare parts are available at the right time, place, and price. An ERP connects all these departments and streamlines the process of purchasing, organizing and using spare parts. The result is improved asset performance, fewer unnecessary costs, less wasted time, and more accurate data.
Increase collaboration between teams
How it works: This CMMS integration connects your maintenance software with communication tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, or SMS. Anyone in your organization can use these tools to report potential maintenance issues. The request is automatically entered into the CMMS, a work order is created, and the right people are notified. For example, if someone in accounting notices that the air conditioning unit is broken, they can report the problem with a text. A work order is then automatically created in your Fiix CMMS for the air conditioner to be repaired.
Why it matters: If it’s difficult to report a problem, your maintenance team won’t know the problem exists and won’t be able to fix it. This integration makes it easy for anyone to submit a maintenance request using the method they’re most comfortable with. All the difficulty and uncertainty is stripped away in the process. Details are clearer, issues are addressed faster, and downtime is reduced. You can say goodbye to unnecessary backlog, costs, and production issues.
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Capture more data and improve work order management
How it works: Sensors and software turn everything that’s done on the shop floor into numbers. Those numbers are connected, analyzed, and turned back into action in your CMMS. For example, sensors collect data from assets and older technology, like SCADA systems. The data is used to create key maintenance metrics (like throughput and downtime) or to identify anomalies and their root causes. Patterns are spotted in the results and work orders are automatically created in the Fiix CMMS based on these trends.
Why it matters: Work orders are planned more effectively, assets run better, labour and inventory are used efficiently, and costs are cut. It also allows you to see all the data you need and want in one place. Everything that happens on the shop floor offers insight into work order management, but each element speaks a different language. These CMMS integrations translate these different languages into one voice, so you can make sense of the data and make better decisions.
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Take the next step in your maintenance evolution
It’s near-impossible to maximize all the tools of a CMMS when it operates as a lone wolf in a sea of other software. CMMS integrations unlock the software’s full potential by connecting your maintenance operation to a giant world of possibility. While integrations can be the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to solving your maintenance problems, they only work well if your facility has the right culture. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to take that next step in your maintenance evolution, whether that’s establishing condition-based maintenance, plugging your CMMS into the digital ecosystem of the entire company, or creating a comprehensive analytics platform for your maintenance data. Wherever you are in your maintenance journey, you’re not alone.