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Five horrors that could have been cut short with an effective CMMS

Oct 31 2017

Maintenance management can be scary. If processes are not properly defined and adhered to, accidents can happen and breakdowns can occur. Most incidents can be avoided through the use of a specialised computerised maintenance management system (CMMS), which enable organisations to keep a complete track of all work orders, stock consumption and labour resources.

Many of the organisations we speak with are looking to move from a mostly reactive maintenance process to a preventative module. This will reduce downtime and ensure equipment is used to maximum efficiency. At the RAM blog, for Halloween, we decided to take a look at some scary movies and a TV series that would have been significantly shorter, had an effective CMMS been in-place at the start!

  1. The Shining (1980)

    Jack Torrance, the character played by Jack Nicholson takes on the role as interim caretaker of an eerie hotel. The phone lines are down and Jack becomes frustrated at the amount of work (“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”) and ends up going on somewhat of a rampage. If preventative maintenance was scheduled using a CMMS and carried out on the phone system, Jack could have avoided dreaded equipment downtime and called for help at the start of the film.

  2. The Fly (1986)

    It is easy to see how the events that unfurled during The Fly could have been avoided with a good CMMS. A comprehensive system would enable the user to schedule cleaning jobs on a regular basis, ensuring that his teleportation pods and laboratory are clean. Without a CMMS, his lab was a mess and a stray fly managed to completely botch his experiment – it’s difficult to argue that every company should have a system in place to prevent such incidents.

  3. Stranger Things (2016 - )

    If you are yet to watch Stranger Things on Netflix, you can skip this one. In series one, we find out that there is a laboratory conducting experiments into the supernatural and accidentally opens a portal to another dimension (as you do). If proper maintenance processes were adhered to, somebody would have logged a work order for a technician to “fix the broken wall” and the assigned worker would receive an alert to their mobile. With the repair carried out - that would have been that!

  4. Gremlins (1984)

    Another easy one. The story’s protagonist is warned not to get his new pet wet, feed it after midnight or expose it to bright lights. With a CMMS in place, Billy could have dragged and dropped jobs into his colour-coded maintenance schedule. Instead, without a clear idea of priority tasks for caring for the mogwai, it is fed after midnight, which turns it into a murderous “Gremlin”.

  5. Poltergeist (1982)

    As soon as the television started malfunctioning and sending the family static signals, they could have noted that the set was broken and had it replaced.