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March 20, 2017

Mine Business Intelligence from Your CMMS

Business Intelligence

(This article appeared in the March 2017 issue of Maintenance Technology.)

Business Intelligence (or BI) analysis is crucial to any company’s growth. BI is the use of software to analyze a company’s raw data. Analyzing data by the use of reporting and analytics can assist with crucial business decisions. In the maintenance world, a CMMS is a vital part of obtaining this data.

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Filed under: CMMS — Heather Wilkerson @ Monday, March 20th, 2017

March 13, 2017

March Madness with MAPCON

March Madness

It’s that time of year again – time for March Madness! As people are trading bracket tips, I can’t help but wonder how a CMMS could assist with this process. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pull up a CMMS, such as MAPCON and run reports on all your favorite teams? You could use the reports to make educated bracket decisions, and maybe even beat your coworkers for once! Here’s how I think a CMMS could assist with bracket decisions.

Inventory Management. In a maintenance department, inventory management is always a high priority. It is critical to have necessary parts on hand for when repairs are needed. The same can be said for a basketball team. Players and coaches always need to make sure they have the needed equipment and that it is up-to-par. No one wants a deflate gate scandal to hit college basketball! So, in this case, a CMMS can be used fundamentally to make sure teams have the equipment they need to make sure practice goes off without a hitch. MAPCON even allows users to set a minimum number required, and once that amount is reached, a purchase requisition for the needed equipment is automatically created and a notification can be sent to the team manager to reorder equipment.

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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Monday, March 13th, 2017

February 28, 2017

Why Your Ethanol Plant Should Use a CMMS

Environmental CMMS

These days more and more people are choosing to be environmentally friendly when filling up their tank, by using gasoline with ethanol. As a result, ethanol plants are in higher demand than ever. Due to the high demand for ethanol, it is critical that plants produce as much of it as possible. A Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), such as MAPCON, is a great addition to any ethanol plant that is looking to increase production and decrease downtime.

A good CMMS will decrease spending and therefore also increase a plant’s profit margin. The software decreases spending in a few different ways. First of all, a CMMS can decrease machine downtime. When machines are down, part of production time is lost, which results in a plant losing money. The software tracks machine downtime which can help predict and prevent future downtime by displaying patterns. For example, a report might show that belts on certain machines are more likely to break when it is cold outside. Knowing that, the plant can stock up on belts during that time of year, or try and prevent them from breaking by increasing the temperature around the machine.

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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

January 11, 2017

5 Reasons Your Hotel Should Be Using a CMMS

Hotel CMMS

With the growing popularity of sites such as Airbnb, the hospitality industry really needs to step up its game in order to remain competitive. A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) can help hotels and resorts increase their bookings.

  1. Customer Experience. Preventive maintenance checks can be scheduled within a CMMS, which can help prevent downtime, which will definitely help leave your customers satisfied. A simple preventive maintenance check can keep HVAC or other systems up-and-running effectively.
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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

December 20, 2016

Twas the Night Before Christmas…

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the block
Not a programmer was coding, not even Brock.
The stockings were hung on Emily’s desk at reception,
In hopes of St. Nick’s eventual inception.

The support team was nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of work orders danced in their heads.
Aaron in his office and Joel in his workspace,
Were spending the night, to keep MAPCON’s pace.

When in the training room there arose such a clatter,
Joel sprang from his chair to see what was the matter.
He threw open the door and gasped at the sight,
Just outside, he saw reindeer in flight.

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Filed under: CMMS — Heather Wilkerson @ Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

December 12, 2016

How a CMMS Could Have Changed Star Wars

CMMS & Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

If you’re like us here at Mapcon, you’re excited for the upcoming release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in just a few short days. As the release date draws closer and closer, we couldn’t help but wonder: how would the implementation of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) have changed the previous films? I truly believe that both the Rebels and the Empire could have benefited greatly by simply using a CMMS.

Inventory Management

Proper inventory management is an important part of any company. It can help companies save money because it is definitely less expensive to actually track inventory and know exactly where it is than to order new things. Just think of the inventory on the Death Star alone! They have ships, weapons, army droids, and many, many other items which should be tracked. If the Empire had kept track of how many ships they had on the Death Star, they would have noticed right away when one of them was stolen. In “Return of the Jedi”, the Rebels steal one of the Empire’s shuttles which they will use to destroy the shield generator on the second Death Star. The shuttle contains the Empire shields and codes, without which the shield generator could not be destroyed. If the Empire had a CMMS in place to track their inventory, they would have noticed right away that one of their shuttles was missing, and they could have launched a counter-attack, thus changing the entire film.

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Filed under: CMMS — Lisa Richards @ Monday, December 12th, 2016

December 1, 2016

Using a CMMS for Business Intelligence Analysis

Business Intelligence

These days, companies around the world are more concerned than ever with improving business intelligence. Business intelligence (or BI) is the use of software applications that to analyze a company’s raw data. BI is made up of several activities, such as online analytical processing, data mining, querying, and reporting. Analyzing the data helps companies make strategic business decisions. For example, a clothing store may use an application to analyze sales and decide which clothing to order more of and which to stop ordering. Using the data allows them to spend more money on items that sell well, which not only prevents the company from losing money on items that don’t sell, but it allows them to keep up with the demand of items that do. BI can also be used to make bigger decisions, such as which plants or stores to close.

A CMMS can be a critical tool when analyzing business intelligence in a few different ways. MAPCON has recently incorporated a tool specifically for this, called the MAPCON Business Intelligence Reporting Tool, or MBIRT for short. The tool allows users to create custom reports which make it easy to analyze data and make informed business decisions.

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Filed under: CMMS — Heather Wilkerson @ Thursday, December 1st, 2016

November 14, 2016

Better Off Together

Lincolnland Agri-Energy LLC

(This article appears in the current issue of Biofuels International Magazine)

These days, many ethanol plants are searching for systems that combine purchasing and maintenance management into one. For the past 20+ years, Mapcon Technologies Inc. has offered purchasing within their computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS). Purchasing was integrated into the software to help companies enforce spending controls while reducing the time it takes from requisition to purchase order.

Lincolnland Agri Energy, located in Palestine Illinois, has been a part of the MAPCON family since early 2007. They have found having purchasing within their CMMS to be very helpful. According to Maintenance and Purchasing Coordinator Candace Kincaid, not only is it convenient, but it also saves them time and money. The majority of their purchasing comes from the maintenance department, so Kincaid thinks the integration of CMMS and purchasing just makes sense. Also, since the maintenance staff already knows how to use MAPCON, there is no additional training for employees needed to complete the purchasing process, which is definitely more efficient.

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Filed under: CMMS — Heather Wilkerson @ Monday, November 14th, 2016


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