Maintenance productivity is a particularly important issue for companies in the automotive sector, which are therefore increasingly adopting a CMMS solution for maintenance management.
Adrien David manages the maintenance and continuous improvement sector of the assembly division at Aptiv, an automotive supplier that produces sealed connectors for electric motors as well as for gasoline and diesel engines.
In this interview, he explains how the adoption of Mobility Work CMMS took place and how it is used today within his factory.
What are the maintenance issues specific to your company?
“Today, it’s mostly the data issue that we’re dealing with. We lack a data culture, we don’t have data on the number of times we intervene on the machines, on the number of spare parts we use, on the cost of general labor, technicians or spare parts.
How did you manage the maintenance before adopting Mobility Work CMMS ?
Before, we had no real maintenance management tool. We noted interventions in “production notebooks”, nothing really usable. We just had a “homemade” CMMS where the operators noted the machines that broke down. There was no description, nothing about the work to be done.
Why did you choose Mobility Work?
At first, it was to better manage our curative, to have the machine status (degraded, broken down…), to have more information on the types of breakdowns, to be able to retrieve information from technicians and later generate data.
How long did it take to set up Mobility Work? How did it go?
We implemented Mobility Work in 2019. The integration went pretty well, our CSM helped us well to integrate all the machine files in the CMMS, to structure, to set up, to train the operators. It was quite quick to set up.
For all the creation work on the CMMS for machines, equipment, etc., it took about a month to set up everything properly with his help.
Afterwards, in 2-3 weeks the production department was able to use Mobility Work independently.
Create a maintenance task in the Mobility Work mobile application
In your opinion, what are the main advantages of this CMMS for the automotive sector?
Concerning the application in general, I find it quite easy to use, the environment is pleasant. In our department, to manage the curative, it goes well. For tasks and equipment searches, for example, it is fine.
I would say that it’s mainly in terms of maintenance history that it has benefited us. Now we are able to go and look for breakdowns, before we didn’t have all that, it just depended on what we remembered. Now we can look for breakdowns that we have already had on a piece of equipment and find them easily. For product quality problems, the history is also very interesting.
In concrete terms, it saves us time and helps us be more efficient. It allows us to solve problems more easily by searching in the history and to notice certain recurrences when we look at the number of breakdowns on a machine. Then we can adapt or modify our methods according to this.
What are the features of the application you use the most?
Really the curative, the day-to-day tasks: creating tasks, tracking tasks. But there are other departments in the company that already use the preventive part.
Are there any features you would like to make better use of?
As far as data is concerned, we still lack the time and culture to really go into detail. We are still more involved in curative than preventive work, we must be at about 70% curative and 30% preventive. We don’t have much time to really sit down, analyze the data, and really see the recurring breakdowns. That’s our goal, but for the moment we’d like to reverse the trend between preventive and curative measures. When we’re on a 50/50 basis, we’ll certainly be able to work more on data. Ideally, we would like to reach 60% preventive.
Lately there have been changes in the company’s structure, and we are in the process of changing all the maintenance plans. It is planned that all the preventive maintenance will be done on Mobility Work, but before that I would like everything to be clean in paper version, which is not yet the case. Indeed, in the automotive sector we have to respect strict rules because of the numerous audits.
Do you have any particular plans regarding the use of Mobility Work?
We have quite a few projects underway, notably under the impetus of our digitalization department. Preventive maintenance is one of them. We would like to integrate the operating modes directly into Mobility Work, as well as the management of spare parts. We would also like to link the software we use for the state of our machines to Mobility Work so that it creates tasks automatically in the application.”
Thank you very much to Adrien David for sharing with us his experience with Mobility Work CMMS!