How a CMMS makes maintenance departments energy efficient

Published: Mon 10 Jul 2017
A blog entry by Lindsey Walker

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Lindsey Walker
NEXGEN Asset Management

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Today the green ideology has become a key component in maintenance management for all eco-conscious companies.

Manufacturing plants and production facilities that seek to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment can go green with a computerized maintenance management system. A CMMS can play an important role in guiding facility managers towards energy-efficient and sustainable operations.

Why Energy-Efficiency Matters

The energy bill is the second biggest expense for manufacturing units after personnel costs. It is necessary to monitor and manage the consumption of energy to run operations efficiently and cost-effectively. In order to optimize energy performance and achieve the desired energy goals, it is important to have real-time insights into assets, inventory levels, maintenance schedules and utility costs – and a CMMS helps you achieve exactly that!

Here are 4 ways to use a computerized maintenance management system to make your facility more energy efficient:

1. Tracking Scheduled and Unscheduled Maintenance Tasks

Asset management software enables facility managers to keep a constant check on corrective and preventive maintenance tasks. It automatically generates work orders based on equipment run times and sends instant notifications when any equipment is scheduled for repair or service.

Whether a sensor has drifted out of calibration or an HVAC unit is taking too long to cool, CMMS tracks equipment performance round the clock to facilitate faster troubleshooting and maximize efficiency.

2. Monitoring Equipment Condition and Performance

A feature-rich CMMS can be easily integrated with the existing energy management and control system of a production facility. This enables facility managers to keep a constant check on the condition and performance of machines and their vital components. It monitors everything from the restricted air flow of dirty filters and overheated air handling units to inaccurate voltage meters and faulty alarm sensors to ensure optimal system efficiency and energy savings.

3. Shifting Operations from Reactive to Proactive

Using a CMMS to track the consumption of energy within a manufacturing facility offers a proactive solution. When facility managers monitor the output of mission-critical equipment like HVAC units with a CMMS, issues are immediately identified before they send energy bills skyrocketing. Real-time data is available in a CMMS which helps in identifying the need for inspection and service before small issues can invite expensive repairs and replacements.

4. Curtailing the Consumption of Energy

The easiest way to save energy is to switch certain machines and equipment off when they are not in use. For instance, if a production facility does not function round the clock, it is not necessary that lights and HVAC systems run round the clock.

A CMMS can be used to send notifications when a system needs to be turned off. Similarly, if you do not want an HVAC unit to turn off just because it takes too long to heat or cool the entire building, a CMMS notifies a technician to make the necessary adjustments by putting the system on energy saving mode. It helps you find a balance and make adjustments to keep the indoors comfortable while helping you save big on energy bills.

5. Keeping Vital Equipment Running at Peak Efficiency

A fully-loaded CMMS brings a time-based approach to maintenance management, optimizes the performance of vital infrastructure equipment, keeps them up and running and significantly brings down your energy costs.

Computerized maintenance management systems allow your maintenance crew to manage service requests, execute work orders, and track asset inventories in real-time even if they are on the field. It automates many other functions that are manually performed by maintenance staff like reporting ongoing activities, tracking costs by equipment and managing the materials inventory.

Computerized maintenance management systems also eliminate the need for manual tracking and paperwork which saves a lot of time and increases work efficiency.

Overall a CMMS helps create energy efficiency by ensuring timely maintenance, decreasing downtime, and preventing repairs and replacements. Plus the time and energy invested in preventive maintenance are far less than troubleshooting problems at the last minute.

Author Bio: Lindsey Walker works for NEXGEN Asset Management as their Marketing Manager. With a B.S in Business Information Management, she excels at business development, project management as well as asset management. Her passion for writing allows her to find time from her busy work schedule to share her knowledge on asset management, geographic information systems (GIS), software implementation, training curriculum development, and similar topics. When she isn't working or writing, she loves to work out, do puzzles and listen to instrumental music.