Regardless of your role or title, time is a valuable resource, and sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough of it. So today we’re looking at one of the biggest areas where everyone in your chain of command could probably be saving a lot more time—reporting.
First, using pen and paper or Excel spreadsheets to manage maintenance can be inefficient and a huge waste of time. These outdated maintenance techniques and methods can add hours of work to your day once you add up the impact of lost paperwork, documenting protocols by hand, and combing through files to construct reports and data entry.
How better maintenance reporting makes a difference for everyone
Being able to automate maintenance reporting and target specific data makes reporting faster and easier and helps everyone at a facility make quicker, more informed decisions. This can include decisions on everything from which asset to work on next to the best way to close a massive new contract. The entire organization can gain a huge advantage with this more efficient decision-making process.
These time savings can lead to a healthier bottom line, a safer work environment, less downtime, and a more sustainable preventive maintenance strategy.
What is the importance of a maintenance report?
Maintenance reporting is a way to track and report on your maintenance costs. It’s an important way of measuring the effectiveness of your maintenance program. A maintenance report is used to determine if your current maintenance practices are working, as well as being able to determine if they are efficient and cost-effective.
Maintenance reports are designed to help businesses:
- Track maintenance costs
- Identify data trends through maintenance analytics
- Keep track of equipment repairs
- Identify problem areas in the facility
- Help to justify equipment upgrades whenever necessary
What is maintenance analytics (and why is it important)?
Maintenance analytics is a tool that allows you to understand the condition of your assets. It’s an important part of maintenance reporting because it helps you track maintenance costs, and predict future costs so that you can make better decisions about when to perform maintenance. It also allows you to prioritize maintenance tasks based on their cost-effectiveness.
Who saves time with digital maintenance reporting (and why does it matter)?
Accurate and useful maintenance reports start with the technician. Without their diligence in logging information, there isn’t enough reliable data to build maintenance reports. When entering data becomes too time-consuming it takes a back seat to other priorities, like repairing another asset. This creates inaccurate or missing data. Technicians can save time by swapping pen and paper or Excel spreadsheets for maintenance software. Software, like a mobile CMMS, gives technicians an opportunity to log information at the worksite in just a few clicks. This replaces the time spent filling out reports or logging data into a spreadsheet at the end of a long day.
Maintenance managers are often the ones responsible for creating maintenance reports. They are the ones that must painstakingly comb through days, weeks, or months of paper files or Excel spreadsheets to add up and calculate the data. This system increases the chances of mistakes within maintenance reports. Worse still, because this process takes up so much time, reports are often skipped when more important matters came up. With maintenance software, reports can be created with templates. They can also be automated and sent right to the maintenance manager’s inbox on a regular basis. This saves the maintenance manager time and improves the maintenance reporting process.
The operations manager uses maintenance reporting to make critical decisions on production schedules, budgeting, and more. Even a single maintenance report can impact everything from labor use to health and safety protocols. Operations managers need to be able to identify and analyze important information from a maintenance report quickly and with certainty. If the process takes too long, time-sensitive decisions may be pushed back and deadlines can be missed. This can have a huge, negative ripple effect on the facility’s operations. With maintenance software, the data is more accurate, reports can be customized and extra information can be generated in a few minutes. With these capabilities, operations managers can be more agile, make smarter decisions and create an atmosphere of reliability within a facility.
Being able to automate maintenance reporting and target specific data makes reporting faster and easier and helps everyone at a facility make quicker, more informed decisions.
Engineers are focused on increasing asset reliability and ensuring efficient processes for asset management and production. Maintenance reports inform the decisions of engineers. Using maintenance software allows them to generate reports and spot trends and patterns from the results. It also helps engineers apply what they learn from these reports in a practical way to improve asset reliability. This is a much faster process than trying to use pen and paper or Excel spreadsheets to mine data for trends. When decisions are made quicker, everything from energy use to asset efficiency can be optimized sooner. This can lead to lower costs for inventory, labor, and more.
Saving time on maintenance reports is critical for executives who want maintenance to move from a cost center to a profit center. Executives make huge decisions every day, like forming partnerships or making large purchases. Accessing and understanding information quickly means executives can make these decisions faster. Making these choices a few days or weeks sooner could mean a huge boost in the bottom line. Maintenance software speeds up reporting and thus the knowledge transfer up the chain to the C-suite. It also allows for customization, so data is understandable and reports inform specific decisions with up-to-the-minute information.
Fiix CMMS features help save time on maintenance reports
The following are four tools available in Fiix’s CMMS software that will help everyone at a facility gather data and understand insights to conduct better maintenance reports.
Fiix foresight analyzes your data quickly, finds trends, and offers recommendations for what to do next—right from Fiix’s analytics dashboard. These insights can help you find out how to fix overspending, ineffective schedules, and waste. It also spots patterns and anomalies in the way your team and your assets work so you can determine what’ll happen next and what your team should do about it. The dashboard integrates work order insights, a parts forecaster, and online/offline asset tracking which is detailed below.
Work order insights
With our work order insights, you can see how your work orders are impacting uptime, throughput, and costs so you can make better decisions. You can predict asset failure and boost uptime. You can get a list of work orders that are likely to cause breakdowns so you know which ones need special attention. View issues by site, risk, and impact so you can prioritize and prevent them. Compare performance across shifts and sites so you know where to spend your time and money to make the biggest impact. Avoid delays and increase wrench time by finding the root cause of delays and fixing them before they happen again.
Parts forecaster is a new feature that helps you predict the parts you’ll need for upcoming maintenance, reduce stockouts, and cut inventory costs. It works by calculating how much of each part you’ll need for all the maintenance on your schedule so you can purchase the right parts at the right time.
Here’s how it works:
- Set up a parts forecaster on Fiix’s analytics dashboard so you can see recommendations without leaving your CMMS.
- Choose up to 25 parts to track with the parts forecaster so you can purchase and plan with confidence without sorting through a pile of numbers.
- Determine what parts you’ll need, and how much you’ll need, for all the maintenance on your schedule without relying on guesswork.
Fiix foresight allows users to set an asset as offline when it is undergoing preventive maintenance or repairs. The user can then set the asset as online when it is ready for production again. The CMMS automatically notifies users about system availability. It also tracks the amount of time an asset is offline without the need for timers, pen, and paper or Excel spreadsheets.
The online/offline data can easily be pulled when creating maintenance reports. Anyone, from a maintenance manager to an engineer or an executive, can view which assets experienced the most downtime in a given period. This data can be used to calculate several maintenance metrics, like the mean time between failure. This information can be valuable when making all sorts of financial decisions, such as repair or replace, labor usage, and production schedules.
Failure codes follow a problem/cause/action framework within the CMMS. The first step is to list common problems for an asset, the likely causes of each problem, and each possible action to correct the cause. You can set up the CMMS with an asset’s most common failure codes. Technicians can quickly select a pre-set failure code while completing a work order. They can then view all the details of a problem, why it happened, and some options for how to fix it.
Failure codes make reporting quicker and more effective for everyone. Technicians can specify the source of a problem and the solution with a couple of clicks. Managers can create maintenance reports based on common failure codes in just a few minutes. The reports can point to trends that will help prevent future breakdowns. Failure codes also help engineers identify and eliminate repeat issues, assess preventive maintenance, and improve asset reliability. Finally, reports on common failure codes can help executives reduce costs.
User profiles can be set up on Fiix’s CMMS and populated with information about each member of the maintenance team. The profile can include information like work order history and health and safety certifications. The CMMS reporting function allows maintenance managers to create reports for an individual user quickly. The skill level of all employees and the progress of their work can be tracked, among other factors.
Having user reports at your fingertips could have a variety of benefits. Preparing for and passing audits is easier, as regular reporting on employee training makes it quicker to identify areas of improvement and collect proper documentation. Labor costs can be maximized. Technicians with a special knack for repairing certain assets can be identified, helping to reduce downtime.
Saving time on maintenance reports is critical for executives who want maintenance to move from a cost center to a profit center.
Fiix’s CMMS gives users the ability to track all parts and supplies in one place which can save you lots of time when creating inventory reports. Having all inventory data on one platform allows you to track quantities, turnover frequency, cycle counts, and more, all in one report. You no longer have to spend all day in the stock room or running through spreadsheets to tabulate inventory and make calculations.
Detailed, accessible, and up-to-the-minute inventory data can have a huge impact on productivity, costs, and asset reliability. It allows for smarter purchasing decisions, more accurate budgeting, shorter repair times, and more efficient PM scheduling. Maintenance managers can select vendors more easily. Engineers can recommend parts that lead to improved asset reliability. Lastly, executives can easily send reports to those who need them most, like the finance department, and help build budgets that work better for the company.
Learn more about the benefits of maintenance management software and how it can be used to help everyone at a facility make maintenance more efficient: