Author

Kamalapurkar

Date of Award

12-2005

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Azim Houshyar

Second Advisor

Dr. Bob White

Third Advisor

Dr. Leonard Lamberson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

In today's highly competitive global economy, maintenance personnel are presented with more difficult challenges than at any previous point in time. In order to meet these challenges, many maintenance managers tend to rely . on Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). When properly selected and implemented, CMMS is one of the most powerful cost reduction tools in any organization. However in reality, many CMMS implementations fail rather than achieve success. While there are many contributing factors, one major factor that greatly impacts successful implementation is selecting the right CMMS system. With more than 200 CMMS systems to choose from, selecting the right CMMS system is not a simple or easy task.

This research provides guidelines for CMMS selection and creates a CMMS Selection Tool, known as SELECTCMMS in Visual Basic software. SELECTCMMS provides various features and functions currently available in many CMMS systems. Using SELECTCMMS, manufacturing organizations can select all the features and functions needed in a CMMS system, specific to the needs of their organization. A detailed specifications document in Microsoft Word is automatically created, based on the features and functions selected. This document can be utilized to solicit proposals from different vendors to evaluate, select and implement the right CMMS system.

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