Your vibration software should have the capability to automatically import and export data from and to your CMMS system. Vibration programs like the OMNITREND® software can provide you with the means to address this issue.
Having the ability to automatically share information between your CMMS system and vibration software can be of great value. This capability can allow you to automatically build your vibration database with the same equipment names, equipment IDs, and hierarchy locations that are contained in your CMMS system. This can potentially save your company critical time and expense when starting a new vibration program or updating your current program.
Alarm condition information and much more can easily be shared between your CMMS software and vibration software. This provides the ability to alert your Maintenance Manager, planning and scheduling resources, and other team players about the important equipment conditions found by your vibration program.
Most CMMS and vibration software do not directly share information. Direct storage of data into another program greatly increases the risk of information corruption. Of course, this is never a good thing when it occurs and the risk should be minimized as much as possible. Most CMMS and vibration programs have the ability to map specific information for import and export via a file transfer process. A template is created that determines what information should be exported and in what format it should be stored. The template is stored and automatically executed on a scheduled basis determined by the user. Both the CMMS system and vibration software will create temporary files to share the required information with each other. Each system will automatically import this information and store it in their specific databases(s) from the temporary files. This type of process minimizes your efforts and provides routine and scheduled data sharing between both systems.
This type of data exchange will provide continuity in your reliability efforts and removes confusion when creating work orders based on the defect findings from your vibration program. The result will better integrate your reliability program with your maintenance process.