Maintenance based on paper schedules or Excel lists is labour intensive and prone to error. Today's maintenance mechanics use handy apps and software tools with which maintenance can be carried out efficiently and at exactly the right time. Various tools provide online access to all necessary machine-related information and maintenance planning. But what do you actually need to consider when selecting such a tool? In this blog, we explain the points for consideration and make suggestions.
A first target group are the machine operators who often carry out front-line maintenance. These people can use the app to access, for example, the user and maintenance manual, instruction videos or maintenance history and planning. They are also the group of employees who want to be able to report a malfunction or request maintenance quickly and easily.
Because everything is recorded online, a maintenance manager always has a maximum overview of the maintenance status via the app or his PC. Simply from his desk. Based on this, he can make, check and adjust his planning. In addition, all data entered by a maintenance employee or machine operator is an important source of information for optimisations and improvements. For example, do certain advantages in terms of maintenance costs or energy consumption justify the investment in better components? Are there machines that perform significantly better than others, or just worse? And where does the cause lie?
Last but not least, all data can be easily called up in case of an audit, for example.
An app that fulfils the above criteria to the maximum is Smartenance. This tool was developed in close cooperation with the various user groups so that all requirements and wishes were taken into account. It is therefore a practical solution for planning maintenance, reporting malfunctions and storing measurements. It is a practical solution for planning maintenance, reporting malfunctions and storing measurements, using the mobile app in the field and the web app to control maintenance via the desk PC.
Smartenance is available in Basic, Advanced and Premium versions with increasing functionality and is purchased as a subscription.
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