Computer Aided Facilities Management or CAFM is the term used to describe the use of one or more integrated software systems that allow an organisation to organise and catalogue assets in a database.
The database is the central core of the CAFM system and allows multi hierarchal systems to act upon and select the data to drive useful information systems and processes critical to the core business function.
Examples of information gathered or created by CAFM are:
- Schedule on demand and ad hoc service visits
- Keep track of consumables used to deliver the service
- Manage remote engineers and mobile work force personnel
- Interact with remote Machine to Machine M2M systems to gather sensor data
- Monitor job status and service performance
- Generate reports
- Predict future work loads and drive decision making
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service is a perfect example of an industry that can lever the potential of CAFM. The high number of assets involved and the on site nature of their maintenance make it voracious consumer of man hours. Costs saving opportunities are few and far between so small savings in fixed processes are obvious targets to save money and time.
Our research into costs attributed to the use of paper and pen versus mobile digital asset capture and service record generation threw out some interesting results.
The average small Air Conditioning service business can service at least a thousand AC assets in a year. A typical F Gas and service sheet would contain anything upto 30+ fields of specific information. Roughly that is 30,000+ fields of text (100,000 words) to hand write onto paper. Those same 100,000 words are then typed across to another system when an engineer gets back to the office, and by this point there is no real database as such in place for all that effort! Just duplication and time wasted. The average unskilled typist manages just 19 words per minute when composing text!
“Paper and pen is costing your Air Conditioning service business AT LEAST £926 to $1398 USD a year”
100,000 words / 19wpm = 5263 minutes 5263/60 minutes = 87.7 Hours spent typing up information from written service forms. Another way to put that is around 5 and a half minutes to process a single service form from paper to spreadsheet.
The average wage of a HVAC and Refrigeration engineer is £10.57 or approx. $16 USD. So with the above in mind, paper and pen is costing your Air Conditioning service business AT LEAST £926 to $1398 USD a year for a single busy service engineer. That equates to approx. £0.92p or $1.39USD per asset serviced.
Add to that the cost of 1000 paper forms X 2 in duplicate, printed out again in the office and possibly then sent to a customer. Add the cost of printing and the cost of your ever swelling hard disk and backups
Add further to that the cost of errors, lost paperwork, return visits etc and we can see the cost keeps growing. If that sounds realistic to you, then clearly there is some room for improvement?
Any size of HVAC business can move to a paperless solution and realise huge savings and improve their image to customers and reduce carbon usage and waste.
Until today you may not have considered the hidden costs of service work, slowly eating away at your bottom line. Hidden as they are they are easy to see once you look for them. Click here to run our free online HVAC Service Cost Calculator and see for yourself. The good news is that no matter what size of service business you run, you can have access to the latest technology for a cost that totally makes sense. Not only does moving paperless save cost, time and reduce errors it also adds a number of other benefits such as:
- improved efficiency
- more accountability
- reduced theft
- improved customer experience
- improved company image
- competitive advantage
- the ability to expand and reduce team size quickly
- reduced staff frustration
- more pens in the stationery store
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Built on some of the industries most powerful cloud computing platforms for seamless scaleability, RP F Gas Software is managing, protecting and helping service teams nationally to deliver cost reductions and improved efficiency.
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