Downtime Tracking Software | Reliability Analysis

Downtime Tracking Software with Reliability Analysis

  • What is downtime?

  • Why should downtime be avoided?

  • How to reduce downtime?

What is Downtime?

Downtime typically refers to any unexpected equipment failure. Conversely scheduled downtime refers to planned equipment downtime for maintenance. In the case where scheduled downtime must also be tracked the down time tracking software has a Downtime Type field that can differentiate between scheduled and unscheduled.

Downtime is tracked in minutes by three different parameters. The first parameter is Time Down. Time Down is the actual time elapsed from the moment the equipment failed to the moment it is restored to full capability. Additionally downtime tracking by Time To Repair captures the labor time for this instance of equipment failure (though a linked work order is a more accurate way to track this labor). Finally downtime is tracked by Impact. Impact time refers to whatever your company needs it to refer to. In general think of Impact as a non-maintenance related loss incurred by the equipment failure. Another way to use impact is to use it as an opportunity cost. An example of this might be product losses resulting in extended production time.

Why Should Downtime Be Avoided?

Unexpected equipment downtime costs your organization is several obvious ways. First of all equipment downtime stops production. When production stops production time is lost. Additionally product is normally lost with an equipment breakdown. This often leads to additional man hours of costly overtime to replace these losses. Furthermore stopping and starting a production process often has its own separate costs associated with it. If this isn’t bad enough, labor hours spent on unplanned corrective maintenance takes a bite out of preventative maintenance schedules. You get the picture? This often ends up in a vicious run-to-fail maintenance program where everything is an emergency and completely out of control.

This is why a good preventative maintenance program and a good downtime tracking program are worth their weight in gold. MaintSmart provides a powerful downtime tracking program that helps you avoid downtime by pointing you to the best opportunities.


How to Reduce Downtime?

Downtime tracking software is but one component of a good downtime reduction effort. The most important tool for reducing downtime is a good preventative maintenance program. Of course this CMMS has two ways to conduct a successful preventative maintenance program that are key to your overall maintenance effort.

The downtime tracking section of this CMMS provide several tools only found together in MaintSmart. The basis of this powerful set of components is that the CMMS tracks downtime completely separate from work orders. This is the only CMMS that does this. Useful analysis of the downtime data is possible because of this model. Consequently, reliability analysis software, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and user-defined queries (CMMS OLAP) yield concise answers to where bottlenecks or problem area exist in your maintenance operation.

Downtime Data Linked to Excel Spreadsheet and Charted Automatically.

Drag and Drop User-Defined View of Downtime Data. Chart Automatically Created.