Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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  • All about maintainability, reliability and system availability

    What is system availability? We don’t live in a perfect world, and sometimes the systems and assets we operate fail. This can’t be avoided completely, but there are ways to mitigate the impact of downtime. A big step towards this is understanding system availability—the probability that a system is functioning when needed, under normal operating conditions. How do you calculate availability? Avail...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • How many users should you have in your CMMS?

    You’ve taken the first step towards ironing out your maintenance strategy by getting maintenance management software. But how many CMMS users do you actually need? Should all members of your maintenance team be able to access the system and log work? The short answer is yes. But one common strategy in maintenance departments is to keep CMMS users to a minimum and just print out paper work orders f...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • 4 questions to ask for an effective technical postmortem

    A technical postmortem is a retrospective analysis of events that resulted in a technical failure. The purpose of a technical postmortem is: Find out what went wrong and why Identify trouble areas Determine what can be done to prevent future failures Create best practices for your business Inform process improvements, mitigate future risks, and promote iterative best practices. This outline is not...

  • How does maintenance backlog get out of hand?

    You may have heard the news—it’s really nothing new. The National Parks Service (NPS) has racked up $11.9 billion in maintenance backlog. And since Congress only allocates about $3.25 billion a year for such work, it’s been deferred indefinitely, a seemingly insurmountable mountain of maintenance that’s unlikely to be completed without radical intervention. These unfilled work orders include crumb...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Maintenance software vs maintenance spreadsheets

    Companies taking their first steps towards preventive maintenance often start with homemade maintenance spreadsheets. A maintenance spreadsheet lets you log work orders, document upcoming maintenance cycles, and use filters to manipulate the data and produce lists of work completed. However, spreadsheets don’t talk to each other and can’t send notifications to technicians in the field. This means ...

  • Fiix announces new US patent covering computer system for maintenance collaboration

    Toronto, Canada—February 21, 2017—Fiix, the industry leading provider of cloud-based maintenance and asset management software, announced today that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for its computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). The new patent, US 9479388 “Computer system and method for maintenance management including collaboration across clients”, covers Fiix’s ...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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  • Fiix doubles headcount, drives year over year revenue growth of more than 80% in 2016

    Toronto, Canada—February 14, 2017—Fiix, the industry leading provider of cloud-based maintenance and asset management software, wrapped up 2016 with its best quarter of all time. With Q4 revenue up more than 85% over the same quarter last year, Fiix has seized a prominent place in the growing enterprise asset management market. Fiix bookended the year with successes that laid the foundation for it...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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  • Why now is the time to get maintenance and asset management software

    The role of maintenance departments is becoming more essential than ever as infrastructure ages, budgets tighten, and asset management takes centre stage. But pen and paper, Excel, and even on-premises software aren’t cutting it as the primary tool for maintenance management anymore. These systems are inflexible and just can’t adapt at the speed that cloud-based asset management software can. 3 re...

  • Should reactive maintenance be part of your maintenance strategy?

    What is reactive maintenance? As the name suggests, reactive maintenance (also called emergency or breakdown maintenance) is unplanned and involves restoring equipment when it fails by replacing or repairing faulty parts. The cost of reactive maintenance is high due to the unplanned production downtime, damaged machinery, overtime, and callout fees caused by the uncertain timing and nature of fail...

  • How to set up asset naming conventions for better maintenance

    Give your maintenance guys a brief verbal description of a repair and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. “Which generator unit? The one in the storage room in the sub facility by the tool shelf? Gotcha!” While this kind of informal naming convention works fine for word of mouth, it doesn’t really work when you start putting info into your computerized maintenance management system (CM...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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  • Back to basics: What is preventive maintenance?

    Updated on January 6, 2017 Preventive maintenance The idea behind preventive maintenance (PM) is that by performing regular maintenance on equipment, you lessen the chances of that equipment failing. It’s the same idea as taking your car in for regular oil changes to preempt a total breakdown. Preventive maintenance (also called planned maintenance or planned preventive maintenance) is driven by t...

  • 4 barriers to adopting maintenance management software (and how to overcome them)

    We understand that switching to new maintenance management software can be a daunting prospect for so many reasons—There’s always a learning curve, it can be expensive, and there’s no guarantee that everyone in your organization will be on board. But with the right software provider, making the switch doesn’t have to be painful. At Fiix, we spend a lot of time talking to a lot of people about why ...

  • What is scheduled maintenance critical percent?

    We know that sporadic ongoing repair (the ‘fix it when it breaks’ mentality) leads to shorter asset life, and increased long-term capital costs. Planned maintenance (or preventive maintenance—in both cases shortened to PM) helps combat this and prevent breakdowns by scheduling maintenance at regular, predetermined intervals. The primary goal of scheduled maintenance is to prevent equipment failure...

  • 4 common maintenance strategies and how to choose the ones that work for you

    We spend a lot of time extolling the virtues of preventive maintenance, but it’s hardly the only maintenance strategy out there. There are many different approaches that you can mix and match, depending on your assets, your industry, and the size and experience of your maintenance team. Today we’re going to compare the four most common maintenance strategies, their pros and cons, and when they are...

  • Maintenance metrics: Planned maintenance percentage

    This is the fifth and final blog in our maintenance metrics series. For parts 1-4 check out the links below: Mean time to repair (MTTR)  Mean time between failures (MTBF) Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) Preventive maintenance compliance (PM compliance) What is planned maintenance percentage? There are two types of maintenance–planned and unplanned. You can plan to service a system, inspect f...

  • Maintenance metrics: PM compliance

    This is part four in our advanced CMMS metrics series. For parts 1-3, check out the links below: Mean time to repair (MTTR)  Mean time between fail (MTBF) Overall equipment effectiveness Preventive maintenance compliance Preventive maintenance (PM) is when regular maintenance is carried out on equipment to decrease its likelihood of failing. The purpose of preventive maintenance is to spot issues ...

  • Maintenance metrics: Overall equipment effectiveness

    Welcome to part three of our advanced maintenance metrics series. We’re going through the what, why, and how of the KPIs that you should be tracking with your CMMS. Check out the other blogs in the series: Mean time to repair (MTTR) Mean time between fail (MTBF) PM compliance Today’s metric is overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). What is overall equipment effectiveness? Overall equipment effecti...

  • Maintenance metrics: Mean time between failures

    This is the second blog in our advanced metrics series, which looks at the KPIs you can use to optimize and improve your maintenance operations. We’ll discuss what these metrics mean and how they can be calculated in Fiix. In the first instalment, we took a look at mean time to repair (MTTR). Now, let’s look at mean time between failures (MTBF). What is mean time between failures? Mean time betwee...

  • Back to basics: Maintenance metrics

    Over the next few days we’re going to update and republish a blog series we did way back in 2013 on important maintenance metrics that you can (and should) track with your CMMS. Don’t want to wait for all the blogs? You can get all this info in one printable document, by downloading our maintenance metrics e-book. First up: Mean time to repair (MTTR). What is mean time to repair? Mean time to repa...

  • The most important maintenance metrics

    As the adage goes, you can’t improve a process without measuring its performance. But what exactly should you be measuring? Establishing a baseline for success based on key performance indicators (KPIs) should be the first step whenever you set out to improve something. Bill Gates points to the steam engine—one of the biggest advancements in the industrial age—as being a product of incremental des...

Maintenance Assistant Inc.

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • Updating the technology in your facility? Here’s what you need to know

    Modern technology kind of operates like a worldwide preventive maintenance strategy. The Apple’s and Tesla’s of the world identify problems you didn’t even know you had, and fix them before they really become an issue. But while modern technology provides a better way to do things, all this forward momentum is at odds with our basic psychology—humans as a species are hardwired to avoid change. Thi...

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