The containment and sanitary measures put in place to combat the Covid-19 epidemic led to the technical shutdown of many plants. This unprecedented situation has been complicated for companies to manage, as will be the resumption of activity that is beginning, with the start of deconfinement. Facilitating the restart of a plant requires, among other things, the use of high-performance CMMS software adapted to the current situation. Such a tool makes it possible to ensure efficient maintenance despite health constraints and to reduce the risks of production shutdowns to a minimum.
Assess technical shutdowns thanks to your CMMS
The technical shutdown that many plants experienced during the 2020 lockdown was exceptional. Unlike the usual technical shutdowns, often carried out during the summer, this one was sudden and forced.
A forced technical shutdown
Under normal circumstances, the technical shutdown takes place during the summer period. Above all, it is prepared well in advance: the factory orders the necessary spare parts in advance, plans the rotation of the maintenance teams, organizes the intervention of any external service providers, etc.
The technical shutdown that many factories have just gone through is quite different. It happened quite suddenly, which in most cases could not be anticipated. None of the preparatory measures could therefore be carried out.
Recovering from an unscheduled technical shutdown thanks to a CMMS
Production shutdowns are always very complex and expensive projects. Indeed, many unforeseen events can occur, causing unexpected situations that disrupt schedules and delay the restart of production. Under normal circumstances, good preparation ensures that the planned downtime will not be exceeded.
In this case, no planning could be done. Consequently, the plants must restart production while ensuring that the general condition of the machines is still satisfactory, and above all suitable for high production rates. To do this, CMMS is a valuable tool.
By using CMMS, a plant will be able to carry out high-performance maintenance and a rapid resumption of production at the same time. Initially, an assessment of the consequences of the technical shutdown on the condition of the machines can be quickly carried out using a maintenance management software. Secondly, maintenance can be organized in such a way as to disrupt the operation of the machines and therefore production as little as possible.
Boosting activity in times of health crisis thanks to mobile CMMS
The recovery of activity following the deconfinement looks complicated. It is taking place in a context of continuing high health constraints and following an unplanned technical shutdown. This is why new technologies must, more than ever, be used to ensure the smooth running of plants and their productivity.
Mobile CMMS, a tool adapted to sanitary constraints
The health crisis is having a significant impact on the operation of factories through the health measures imposed, such as the physical distance between employees and the obligation to encourage teleworking where possible. In these particular conditions, having mobile maintenance management software such as Mobility Work is even more useful than in normal times.
This CMMS application is in fact accessible from any mobile device. Operating in SaaS, it allows teams to communicate easily with each other thanks to the integrated chat tool. In addition, maintenance managers can monitor ongoing operations in real time, analyze and plan them from anywhere. They can therefore very quickly identify potential risks. This makes maintenance management smoother, more efficient and safer for operators.
Restart the plant quickly thanks to next-gen CMMS
How to restart activity at high rates after an unplanned technical shutdown while ensuring the best possible maintenance? A next-gen solution such as Mobility Work provides the answer to this question.
Thanks to the QR codes or sensors placed on each machine and the registration of all the equipment in the application, teams and managers can consult all the information they need in just a few clicks and at any time. In this way, their reactivity is maximum in the event of a malfunction. Machine operators can easily report an incident and request an intervention.
The application, which is based on the model of real-life applications, is particularly intuitive. It is therefore very easy to use as soon as it is deployed and adapted to the needs of all its users. By adopting it, you allow your plant to restart very quickly by considerably limiting the risk of prolonged interruptions of the production line.
Optimize processes through predictive maintenance
Mobility Work users can access a Dashboard with the information entered by machine users. This tool aggregates all the data such as the most performed tasks, the most problematic equipment, the most frequently performed repairs, and so on. All these indicators allow maintenance managers to identify existing or potential flaws in production and maintenance processes.
It is thus possible to adapt to the exceptional situation we are experiencing by moving towards a preventive maintenance strategy that makes it possible to limit machine stoppages as much as possible, when production must be restarted as quickly as possible. Most maintenance interventions can be largely anticipated, both regarding spare parts (whose production is under stress) and team organization, which often operate with a limited number of employees.
The current period is very complicated for factories. While their activity has been reduced or interrupted for long weeks, they must quickly restart after this technical shutdown, while complying with unprecedented health standards.
In this context, mobile CMMS provides concrete solutions: mobility, intuitiveness, efficiency. It enables the company to adapt to the situation while ensuring the best possible maintenance and guaranteeing optimum productivity of plant equipment.