QSI Facilities Blog

The impact of the parking lot on guest experiences is often underestimated. The parking lot is the first area customers touch upon arrival. Minor issues, like oil spills, gum, and dirt in general, will diminish the positive image of your company. Also, improper parking lot maintenance will increase the risk of potholes, cracks, and other issues that may result in a fall among guests. As a result, Facilities Managers are working to find ways to ensure a robust lineup of parking lot maintenance services to keep parking areas in tip-top shape.

When it comes to protecting your facility assets and the safety of your guests, few issues can be more dangerous than snow and ice buildup. In the winter, a sudden storm can bring inches and inches of snowfall and undermine any safety measures your organization has put into place. However, commercial snow removal services can be a great help in reducing disruptions and preventing much more than just slips and falls.

Commercial snow remediators are an essential tool in the arsenal of the Facility Manager. Although snow remediation may not seem like an issue Facilities Managers need to be concerned with in the summer, the warmer months are the best time to hire commercial snow remediators. Facilities Managers need to know a few things about why summer is the ideal time to hire snow removal contractors.

Proactive maintenance is a complex, yet simple way of approaching maintenance without worrying about what is about to break. Up to 45 percent of mainstream manufacturers and businesses use preventative maintenance programs, but that number is expected to continue climbing, reports Machinery Lubrication. The road from traditional, reactive maintenance to proactive maintenance is paved with opportunity and better operations, and Facilities Managers need to know how to plan for success in developing and implementing their preventative, predictive, and proactive maintenance programs.

The right asset management in facilities management strategy can help your organization target capital spend and enhance productivity in tandem. However, Facilities Managers with limited experience in asset management may not know where to start. To avoid this problem, let’s take a closer look at the issues affecting asset management, its solution, and how to get started with a successful program.

Facilities maintenance falls into one of two approaches, proactive or reactive. While reactive maintenance may be unavoidable, a proactive maintenance strategy offers significant benefits and savings, not to mention less stress for Facility Managers. Proactive maintenance also includes different types of sub-strategies too, like when preventive vs predictive maintenance would be appropriate. Understanding the drawbacks of reactive maintenance, the value of advanced maintenance strategies, and how to apply them correctly will increase returns in your facilities maintenance program. 

Maintaining the status quo in maintenance in your facility is the easiest approach, but it is folly. Also known as reactive maintenance, traditional maintenance strategies focus on correcting problems. Modern maintenance programs, including preventative and predictive maintenance, are more efficient. Yet, even preventative maintenance has its limitations, explains Steve Wallis of Facility Executive. The best approach is a predictive maintenance plan, which will include preventative maintenance measures, and facility managers need to understand a few things about making the business case for such a program.

A predictive maintenance program can have significant ROI and reduce stress on your Facilities Management department.

Moving to a facilities on-demand maintenance program might seem like an added expense, but it holds more value than you may realize. Often mistaken for reactive maintenance, on-demand maintenance can reduce stress and chaos of managing urgent and planned needs, as well as all other maintenance needs simultaneously. Facilities Managers seeking to pick the low-hanging fruit should consider a few things about why an on-demand solution is the right choice.

The total cost of ownership and facilities management is a complex topic, but it is unavoidable. Successful facilities management programs focus on the value of optimized facilities total cost of ownership, taking a lifecycle approach to all decisions. Facility assets, the building, and facilities management processes and to the total cost of ownership. Unfortunately, Facilities Managers may focus solely on the total cost of ownership as it relates to a particular asset. To achieve optimized facilities total cost of ownership, Facilities Managers need to understand its challenges, impact on capital spend, and practices to overcome such issues.