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December 2017

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DITCH THE PAPER | December 2017 35 maintenance | by Tom Jackson | T here are plenty of obvious reasons to convert your maintenance and equipment inspection processes from paper records to digital: improved safety, shop efficiency, regulatory compliance and reduced downtime. What's more, electronic records can be easily upgrad- ed and customized into different fields. You can track hours per service or repair. Inspections can be shared with your people, vendors and dealers. Repair histories can be called up instantly by anyone without having to thumb through hundreds of paper files. Inventory can be tied to the reports so you're not caught emptyhand- ed on oil filters or other supplies. Sharing is good But the most important reason to move to paperless equipment inspections may not be so obvious, yet it has the potential to significantly transform your opera- tions and your relationships with vendors, customers and other divisions in the company. That benefit is the sharing of data, says J.P. Giometti, director of strategy and business development at the software company HCSS. "If you're smart about how you share the data, you can create beautiful workflows in your company," he says. Giometti, who shared his insights at the Association of Equipment Management Professionals 2017 Equip- It's slowing you down, and the benefits of electronic equipment inspections can take your fleet management to the next level

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