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Another CMMS Advantage

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Updated: Monday, April 25, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

Today's post is a brief summary of another advantage for restaurant facility professionals to utilize a CMMS (Computer Maintenance Management System) within their company. How do you currently make repair versus replacement decisions concerning equipment in your restaurants? When the need arises, the following items need to be addressed:

- Age of equipment

- Remaining Book Value

- Estimated cost of repair vs total cost of new replacement (over 50%?)

- Is repair R&M or capital

- Importance of equipment to store operations

- Repair history

- Current building lease status and possible lease renewal

In most cases, a decision is needed in a very short time, especially if the piece of equipment is critical to operating the store or keeping the customers and/or employees comfortable, satisfied, and safe. For those without a CMMS, you'd be hard pressed to obtain answers to all the above items in a timely manner. Most of the metrics above should be readily available with the exception of the repair history. Generally, some assistance from your accounting dept. would be required to provide all repair related invoices for review and how do you identify the asset? What if it's an a/c unit in the dining room on a hot summer day? How are the HVAC's identified? Could be very tricky. With a CMMS in place and proper asset tagging, the repair data should be a few keystrokes away. Most of the other items noted above are also available in a well thought out and constructed CMMS. A sound economic decision can then be made and you are free to move on to your next decision. With the continued data driven society we are in, CMMS will continue to figure prominently in future restaurant facility decisions. Get on board. RFMA has several companies that can help.

Dover and out.

Tags:  asset tagging  book value  CMMS  equipment repair history 

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