Disadvantages of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS)

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Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) is invaluable to companies wanting to enhance their maintenance, however, CMMS will only cost companies more money, waste time, put too much dependence on software, and possibly leave a company stuck without many solutions if it is not utilized correctly.

Initial Cost

  • High quality CMMS software can cost a great deal; however, not all companies need the top-notch, ultra-expensive CMMS software, and finding the correct fit for a company can be difficult. Workers must be trained in how the new software works, likewise supervisors must have more training which includes troubleshooting, fixing malfunctions and understanding CMMS error messaging and data, which can cost a lot of money. If workers are not trained, CMMS cannot do it's job, keeping the machines from being maintained, resulting in high costs for possible replacements.

Misuse of CMMS

  • CMMS cannot be fully utilized when procedures and policies are not followed by workers. Employees and supervisors alike need to know what is expected from their company and the use of CMMS software and know how to input and retrieve the data needed. Many operators may think that the system software will do everything, however, time and money will be wasted if work procedures such as entering data, retrieving data and updating company information is not aligned with the CMMS software. Untrained workers using the CMMS may end up relying too much on CMMS, hence not understanding the mechanics and maintenance needed.

CMMS Vendor Can Go Out of Business

  • Many CMMS software vendors are swarming the market now, and finding a stable vendor may prove to be difficult. If your company invests in a specific CMMS software and the CMMS vendor goes out of business, your maintenance investment will cost you money and time for nothing in return. There will be no preventive maintenance support system for your company. Supervisors, workers and employees may also not be up to par regarding manual maintenance because of too much reliance on software.

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