Using a CMMS for Airport Work Management
This article explains why better work management comes from better organization and automation.
Why an Airport CMMS
Airports by their nature are spread out over vast areas of land that require an organized maintenance plan in order to obtain labor efficiency. A CMMS will help airport management to know where all airports assets are as well as the condition they are in. In addition, CMMS software helps streamline maintenance operations to be more efficient lowering labor costs.
The Airport CMMS Database
Implementing CMMS software will create an asset database that includes but is not limited to:
- The location of each asset
- A detailed description
- Vendor information
- Contracts, blueprints and other documentation
- A complete maintenance record
As each work order is completed it is added to the database. Management reports can they be run to identify maintenance trends, asset history and projected replacement or retirement timeframes. With this information airport management will always know the where their assets are and the condition they are in.
Shifting to Proactive Maintenance
Is your airport maintenance crew always fighting fires? One of the true advantages of an airport CMMS solution is its ability to organize, automate and expedite the work management process. From work request to inspections to preventive maintenance, CMMS software enables airport management to be more proactive reducing reactive unplanned maintenance and repairs.
With assets such as multiple runways, beacon lighting, parking lots, gate transports and hangars it is important that maintenance crews do not waste time going back and forth to the office for work management related activities. The key to controlling labor costs is keeping them in the field for the most amount of time.
When integrated with handheld devices, maintenance staff have the ability to receive and transmit work orders, fill out work request and perform inspections. Paper flow is virtually eliminated giving staff more time to perform maintenance tasks.
Impact of Greater Maintenance Efficiency
By being able to stay in the field longer, maintenance teams can accomplish more work with the same amount of resources. More importantly, the shift to proactive maintenance reduces unplanned emergency repair, keeps assets running more efficiently and extends the useful life of assets.
The combination of all three, lowers labor costs, reduces capital expenditures as well as keeping assets such as HVAC units running with greater energy efficiency. An additional benefit for airports is that proper preventive maintenance with inspections identifies small problems before they become major repair or liability issues.