Five Trends in Industrial Facilities Management

Industrial facilities management will see the rise of significant trends that will reduce delays, save money and promote positive experiences for customers. Unlike restaurants and retail facility management, industrial facility management focuses on facilities that are not necessarily interacting with customers at a brick-and-mortar location. For example, warehousing and manufacturing centers are areas where industrial facilities management will come into play. However, the role of facility management in these places will still affect customer experiences.

1. Collaboration Will Increase in Industrial Facilities Management

As globalization continues, as noted by Service Futures, industrial facilities management will need to become more attuned with cultural differences and highlight the issues present in existing and emerging markets too. Industrial facility management will need to adapt to the global marketplace. Since the rise of e-commerce means a customer may exist anywhere around the globe, a single manufacturer or Warehouse Manager may need to work with multiple parties to handle everyday needs, including material sourcing, repair of advanced machinery and much more.

2. Integrated Systems Are the New Standard

The use of integrated systems has the potential to dramatically reduce costs associated with industrial facilities management. Instead of isolating facilities management to its own department, integration with other systems, such as the procurement system, transportation management and inventory management systems, can help Facilities Managers make decisions regarding the repair of equipment, maintenance of the building itself and other needs. Essentially, integration will help Facilities Managers assist manufacturers in moving product faster, and meeting consumers’ expectations.

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3. In-House Industrial Facilities Management Is More Challenging

Unfortunately, the scope of industrial facilities management is virtually limitless. The demands to work with many more parties than the typical facility management-business relationship means in-house management is challenging, if not impossible. This may be due to cultural barriers and the inability to access the resources necessary to handle all facility management needs at any time. Yet, the challenges present in industrial facilities management are expected to continue increasing in complexity throughout 2019.

4. Health and Safety Are Replacing Cost and Haste as Top Concerns

According to Titan Air, industrial facilities management will also become increasingly focused on improving the health and safety of workers. Lifestyle-related disorders and diseases are merging of faster rates today than any other time in history, and integrated facilities management revenue is tied directly to healthcare costs. In Europe, more than 30 percent of integrated facilities management revenue is generated in healthcare, resulting from the long-term costs associated with exposure to industrial chemicals and potential hazard. It reveals a simple solution; companies that take the time to ensure the health and safety of their workers can save much more money in both short-term and long-term outlooks.

5. Industrial Facilities Management Will Get a Contingency and Continuity Planning Overhaul

The industrial facilities management sector is also expected to get a contingency and continuity planning overhaul. While many facilities operate around the clock to fulfill e-commerce orders and meet demand, contingency and continuity planning is still somewhat limited. Facilities may have a plan for diverting operations should a piece of equipment malfunction, but a better contingency and continuity plan would be to address maintenance needs before they result in a disruption. In other words, industrial facilities management will move further toward preventative maintenance as a type of contingency and continuity planning, as well as the use of outsourced services to ensure maximum efficiency and prevent downtime in the aftermath of man-made a natural disasters, such as major storms.

Streamline Industrial Facilities Management With These Trends Now

Industrial facilities management is evolving, and Facilities Managers in this industry must understand the top trends that will become best practices and standards throughout 2019. Organizations that take the time to know these trends can upgrade existing processes and practices to stay competitive and keep facilities management under control. Learn more about industrial facilities management by visiting QSI Facilities online or calling 1-888-328-2454 today.

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