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October 5, 2016

Hazard Communication for Beginners

HazMat for Beginners

If you work in an industrial setting or in the medical industry, you no doubt have a great amount of experience with understanding OSHA labels. Most of the workers in the reliability industry have at least some familiarity with the pictograms used by the organization to indicate different hazards, and many have received special training. Still, even given all of the above, there can be some confusion about the precise meanings of the labels we find on chemicals and machinery, and trying to make sense of them during times of emergency, such as during a chemical spill or fire, can be tricky. Today, we are going to look at some of the most common OSHA hazard communications in an effort to better understand them.

A lot of the pictograms and hazard labels provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration seem to be self-explanatory at first glance. A skull and crossbones, for example, or a giant flame can surely only mean bad things! But beyond the simple warning of danger, these labels and pictograms provide specific information at a quick glance that tells you the exact type of danger you are facing.

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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

September 20, 2016

Real-Time Manufacturing Data Collection With a CMMS

Real Time Data Collection

When we think of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), we tend to think of them in terms of how they can help us with simple tasks, such as inventory control and issuing work orders. While those are certainly important functions of any CMMS worth its salt, there are other features that are just as important if not more so, particularly in a manufacturing environment, such as real-time data collection.

What is real-time data collection, and how does it come into play? If you are in the reliability industry and work in the manufacturing sector, you probably already know the basics. But as new technologies begin to emerge and infiltrate the workplace, it is important to understand the present and future role that data collection is going to play.

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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

September 8, 2016

2017 MAPCON Networking Conference

Hurray for MUG 2017

The 27th Annual MAPCON Networking Conference, presented by the MAPCON Users’ Group (MUG) will take place April 10 – 13, 2017 at the beautiful Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona, Florida.

What is MUG?

The Mapcon Users’ Group is an organization of fellow MAPCON users. The purpose of the group is to further the development and understanding of MAPCON by coordinating an annual conference. The conference provides attendees with an opportunity to network with fellow users and further their knowledge of the product through user and developer presentations and structured training. Additionally, it provides Mapcon Technologies, Inc. with the opportunity to meet users, provide product updates, and seek input for future development.

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Filed under: CMMS — Heather Wilkerson @ Thursday, September 8th, 2016

August 23, 2016

The Future of CMMS and Virtual Reality

Virtual reality and CMMS

If you are like me, you have been awaiting the rise of virtual reality (or VR) for a very long time. Thanks to recent advances in technologies such as 360-degree photography, the long wait is finally over and we can now leave our old humdrum, boring world in the dust as we dive head-first into digital realms unknown! But not all is fun and games when it comes to VR. In fact, the technology serves many purposes outside of entertainment. One area is in the workplace, which begs the question, how will future computer maintenance management systems (CMMS) adapt to this new tool?

Virtual reality and the reliability industry, believe it or not, are a perfect match for one another. If you own a pair of VR goggles, such as the ones offered by Samsung or even the cardboard offerings from Google, then you know that the possibilities are nearly limitless. And while there may not be thousands of apps for these devices yet, with the pending launch of Sony’s virtual reality system for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Neo, you can expect a huge explosion in the marketplace.

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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

August 8, 2016

Why All State Fairs Should Use a CMMS

It’s that time of year again – time for the state fair! As you walk around and gaze at the livestock while eating your corndog and cotton candy, think about how huge of an operation a state fair is. From ride maintenance to vendor setup, everything has to run just perfectly. If it doesn’t, the results could be catastrophic. Not a single year goes by without a story hitting the airwaves of someone being injured on a ride while at the state fair.

Since maintenance and planning are crucial to the success of any state fair, the implementation of a good Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is absolutely critical. A CMMS allows state fair maintenance techs to make sure they have the parts they need, setup preventive maintenance tasks, maintain the fairgrounds, and a host of other things.

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Filed under: CMMS — Heather Wilkerson @ Monday, August 8th, 2016

July 18, 2016

Recently Updated OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements

OSHA Safety Rules

As you may already know, OSHA recently released a final rule concerning the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses to the government. But how, exactly, does this change the existing rule, and what are the big changes?

This past May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule regarding reporting injuries and job-related illnesses to the U.S. Department of Labor, and within that ruling, as you may suspect, there were some pretty big changes that those of us in the reliability industry should be aware of.

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Filed under: Computerized Maintenance Management System — Lisa Richards @ Monday, July 18th, 2016

June 21, 2016

How Your Favorite Game of Thrones Cities Can Benefit From Inventory Management

Inventory Management

With the sixth season of Game of Thrones wrapping up (say it isn’t so!), the chess pieces are are all converging and some of our favorite characters, and the cities they live in, are about to collide in what could be a very devastating manner. Keeping track of all of the storylines over the years and the different characters is a task fit for a content management system! Speaking of that, this week’s post asks the question: How would your favorite GoT cities benefit from inventory management?

King’s Landing has been the capital of the Seven Kingdoms since the show began airing (and before that, when the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin started being published), and its rulers, the Lannisters, have looked to let the rest of the world know how a kingdom should be run, for better or worse. Ruling the Seven Kingdoms is no easy task, mind you, and having a giant army under your command takes a great inventory management system to make sure nothing should ever mysteriously disappear (such as a sword, let’s say) and end up stabbing you right in the back!

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Filed under: Inventory Management — Lisa Richards @ Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

June 16, 2016

Have You Got Mobile CMMS Yet?

Have You Got Mobile CMMS Yet

If they know nothing else, anyone that has had a high school kid drift within their eyesight during the week understands one thing for certain. They have and constantly use their mobile device. And, 99.99% of the time, it’s a smartphone. Moreover, they are expert users. Many can accurately type 40 words a minute – with their thumbs! They can find any information near instantaneously (if they care to – and too many don’t) and learn more about a topic than a subject matter expert within minutes. Too bad they mostly use that expertise to find the latest rap music, celebrity news or sports scores. (Well, like many of us, right?)

Teens – and while we’re at it we admit this goes for almost anyone below the age of 35 – use their mobile devices to communicate very fast and very efficiently. Instead of wasting time dialing up contacts and using tedious, single-dimensional telephone audio to communicate, they send fast Snapchat videos to say hello, update their day, laugh, have fun and tell their story. They chat with the world using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Facetime and more. And, they accomplish all that in seconds per ‘snap’. Even simple text messages we professionals have been using pale in comparison to the HUGE array of highly sophisticated and private communication options that have expanded their universe of close friendships and acquaintances completely beyond the comprehension of some less-savvy baby boomers. Mobile device users are constantly communicating – real time – with dozens of peers much to the frustration of parents and those with a much more limited universe of contacts.

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Filed under: Mobile CMMS — Chris Kane @ Thursday, June 16th, 2016


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