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SUMMARY: in a nutshell, EAM is a long-term, expandable, comprehensive solution that includes all CMMS functions while a CMMS system is focused only on maintenance systems and operations.

What a CMMS System Does

A CMMS is part of an EAM system. An EAM can do much more than a CMMS system.

CMMS main functions are to automate work scheduling, control inventory and materials used as well as create and develop an asset tracking database that can be used to provide management reports on maintenance expenses. When combined with handheld technologies, auditing and maintenance scheduling become far more efficient as well as help reduce paper flow. When implemented correctly, a CMMS will help increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

What an EAM System Does

An EAM system treats maintenance operations as a business unit that is managed from top to bottom and not just as a cost center liability. A successful EAM implementation leads to improvements in productivity, competitiveness and the overall bottom line.

EAM system capabilities include those of a CMMS but also include asset planning, retirement and replacement of an asset. Some areas that an EAM differs from a CMMS are:

Lifecycle planning and analysis. An EAM by definition, incorporates the entire lifecycle of an asset. Tracking lifecycle history, such as repair costs, vendor information, how many times serviced or repaired, expected replacement date and so on will allow for greater expertise in budgeting and capital replacement projections. This will free up much needed monies for other uses.

Multiple Maintenance Method Monitoring. This is very important for heavy equipment facilities that make use of preventive maintenance in conjunction with predictive and reliability-centered practices.

Workflow Analysis. An EAM supports workflow analysis from beginning to end and not just for maintenance purposes. Understanding your workflow is critical in discovering problems and opportunities for improvement.

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