4 Functions of Multimedia Content in Your CMMS

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Simply put, your CMMS provides a solid framework on which to record the planning and execution of work and any anomalies experienced. It also provides tools to analyze and report on the data collected, for improving your work program and making management decisions regarding recruitment, training, workplace layout, signage, capital replacement, and so on. Although the CMMS vendor may provide some content, most do not want to carry the liability of getting it wrong, such as a standard operating procedure that is not quite relevant to your specialized equipment.

Thus, the onus is on you to use the rich functionality of your CMMS to its fullest. Too little detail and you will find it difficult to optimize your maintenance program. Too much detail and you will lose focus, consume valuable resources unnecessarily, and be buried in data. However, in some cases, it is more about quality than quantity. For example, should maintainers write lots of detail describing what problems they encountered, the suspected cause, and what action was taken? More often than not, the answer is “absolutely not,” because you cannot search on descriptive fields, which means you will be unable to easily analyze the data collected. But if you are investigating a particular problem, then you do want detailed descriptions to better understand what happens under which set of circumstances.

As CMMS features and functions have improved over the years, the number of options for adding detailed multimedia content on a wide assortment of technology platforms has increased dramatically. This column [through link below] describes some of the more popular multimedia options other than text, including videos, animation, photos, drawings, maps, and audio, and how best to use them.

You can read the rest of David’s article on Plant Services’ website here.

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