year a company called Corrigo surveys Facility Managers to better understand
the biggest challenges they are facing.
read through them, I was amazed at how EMS systems plug right into the
solutions to these challenges!
Challenge #5 - Allocating work to the right
vendor management increases control over operations and thru price controls can
helps make vendor decisions by comparing site compliance to standards, energy
consumption, equipment alarms to work order and expense data. You can rank your
vendors against one another and hold their feet to the fire!
Challenge #4 – Making changes without having
enough reliable data
visibility is the formula for success.
helps because a good system will monitor and trend multiple points from all
your sites. It provides visibility into previous invisible assets and actions
(like how often store employees are hitting the override button). It will
provide historical equipment runtime and alarm data that can be used to make
new equipment and warranty decisions.
Challenge #3 – Getting more work done with
class organizations seek to eliminate low-value added work, not jobs. So they
look to source tools that extend reach and productivity.
provides remote access to store assets. Complaints can be diagnoses and about
40% of the time resolved from across the country, at any time of day or day of
the week, minimizing “windshield time” and service dispatch expense. Some of
our clients have even been able to increase the ratio of stores per facility
manager because the system works so well for them. We all know that budgets and
work force will be slow to return to pre-recession levels, so an EMS is a great
tool to consider when you’re staffed very lean.
Challenge #2 – Finding ways to extend the
life of existing assets
management programs and intelligence are the key.
systems record equipment runtime and alarm data. It also transmits the alarms,
catching them early while the issue is a cheap fix and not a major expense.
This same data can be used to apply proactive maintenance techniques.
Challenge #1 – Cost Savings
is a cost center, but there’s no dispute that a dollar saved by facilities
drops directly to the bottom line.
already shown, EMS systems help avoid unnecessary repair costs, and minimize
necessary repair expense by catching issues sooner. Also, imagine being able to
run a report on all equipment whose warranty will expire in the next quarter.
You can then address those issues while under warranty, pushing those expenses
back onto the manufacturer where they belong. How much would that save you
So my hat’s off to Corrigo for inspiring me. Without a
doubt, what we ties directly to the key concerns of Facility Managers.
What is your take on how controls can help with these five challenges?
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