Introducing: the intelligent work order.
Many people think profitability and sustainability are incompatible topics, but they dovetail beautifully in the world of efficiency. Take the green credo “Less is More”. The two most important “Lesses” are less resources, and less energy. Because resources and energy cost money, every business can benefit from using less.
Using intelligent work orders in maintenance management software has evolved into the cutting edge efficiency technology today, allowing anyone to “be green” and save money.
1 – Reduce wasted time and materials with Intelligent Work Orders
An intelligent work order; there’s an idea! Using work order software systems to manage maintenance service calls is a great way to save money, energy, and resources. Yes, the humble work order is now doing some heavy lifting for a sustainable planet, although it is unlikely to win a Nobel Prize any time soon.
What is an intelligent work order? Long gone is a piece of paper with a few scribbled instructions. The intelligent work order lives in the Cloud, where it connects the equipment being serviced, the parts and information needed to service it, and the scheduling needed to reduce waste and keep ahead of preventative maintenance.
When technicians bring the correct supplies and have the right information at their fingertips, they save trips, gas, and the most valuable commodity of all, time. Good work order scheduling systems are necessary to ensure that preventative maintenance gets done regularly, which eliminates unnecessary emergency breakdown service calls.
“Keep the truck in the yard, and the overtime pay off your expense sheet.”
2 – Chop your utility expenses through monitoring
Before you can reduce your utility bills, you need to see them, and the best way to keep track of your expenses is to use computerized maintenance management software. MA CMMS systems monitor and record equipment meter readings, and collect and display the data in real-time. While they can trigger notification and maintenance work orders based on a pre-set efficiency criteria, they really shine by providing flexible, useful data for periodic analysis.
There are whole towns in Germany that use less energy than the average Canadian house.
They’ve taken their utility bills and turned them into income streams! Any business can follow their example. At the heart of their efficiency are sophisticated maintenance system software programs. Information is power.
3 – Maintain a slim inventory “waste-line”
The third benefit of intelligent work order tracking systems is their ability to help you maintain a slim, healthy “waste line.” Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) tools are the personal trainers for your maintenance team. MRO tools integrated into the work order systems let technicians quickly add missing technical data, pricing and supplier information to asset and supplies records. They can search the built-in MRO marketplace, to find parts, compare pricing, get reviews and use the purchasing module to send RFQ’s and purchase orders. Overstocked supplies or decommissioned equipment can be posted to the marketplace and converted into cash.
Work order management software to the rescue
Efficiency has always made sense, but as we move to mitigate climate change, it is time for efficiency to step forward from the shadows and become a priority. Intelligent work orders and real time data monitoring and analysis are leading the way. The more sites and staff you have, the more money you will save, and the more opportunities you have to shrink your footprint.
As infrastructure gets more complex, intelligent maintenance management software makes more and more sense.