True ROI from a maintenance strategy comes with avoiding problems in the first place. Calendar-based maintenance strategies are greatly enhanced when businesses leverage predictive capabilities integrated with a CMMS. Together, the two strategies form a modern maintenance approach that can help companies address unanticipated errors and preserve their reputations.
In the case that regulations are not met, food and beverage businesses can then use preventative maintenance to assist auditors in finding the source of a problem. No longer do employees need to fumble through files and manually-entered spreadsheets to produce applicable data for auditors. Rather, companies can turn to digitized inspection and incident records as part of their CMMS’ Occupational Safety & Health function and say, with confidence, what specifically has happened and who was involved. Never underestimate the importance of easy access to accurate data, particularly when working with auditors to pinpoint the source of a problem (even down to the assets).
For businesses in the food and beverage industry, performing maintenance across numerous factories gets exhausting. However, as the Dole Listeria outbreak proves, the risks of recall are severe. A single recall can cost companies millions of dollars and consumers their lives. To avoid this outcome, businesses should consider predictive capabilities to keep business growing and to preserve strong and safe customer relationships.
Lachance, president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group, Inc., has been developing CMMS for the maintenance professional for more than 20 years. Reach him at email@example.com.