CMMS Case Study: BIH Moves Maintenance Management to Cloud

Food processing company standardizes operations, improves data reliability, and makes spare parts management more efficient with Mainsaver’s cloud-based CMMS.

Branding Iron Holding’s three meat-processing facilities in Minnesota and Illinois had used Mainsaver’s on-premise CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) for more than twenty years when they decided to make a change. Led by Sauk Rapids Maintenance Manager Jeff Lampert, the company successfully transitioned to the Mainsaver Core cloud-based CMMS, in a move that aimed to modernize their maintenance processes, standardize operations across three plants, and enhance data reliability.

Three images of workers at Branding Iron Holdings

Cloud-Based CMMS Solution: 

Jeff Lampert initiated the Mainsaver upgrade across all three facilities, starting with Sauk Rapids. The transition involved restructuring the system, reorganizing assets, and implementing an asset-based model instead of cost centers. The move to the cloud-based Mainsaver system enabled seamless access to data across all plants, enabling company-wide decision-making. 

“Transitioning from the on-premise version was about leaving the stone age behind and embracing modern maintenance with Mainsaver’s cloud-based solution.” Jeff Lampert, Branding Iron Holding’s Sauk Rapids Maintenance Manager

The transition took approximately a year, with a focus on standardizing processes and vocabulary across plants. Rob, from Mainsaver Support, played a crucial role in assisting with the technical aspects, while Lampert focused on educating the team and overcoming the cultural resistance to change.

Results: 

Rather than settle on the status quo, The implementation of Mainsaver’s Cloud-based CMMS brought about transformative improvements:

CMMS Data Consistency:

  • The new system provided repetitive reports with consistent numbers, eliminating the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of the old system.

“Relying on inconsistent data for decisions was like navigating in the dark; now, with Mainsaver, we have clarity and trust in our information.” Jeff Lampert

Standardized Maintenance Processes:

  • The Sauk Rapids facility standardized vocabulary and processes across all three plants, fostering better communication and understanding. This laid the foundation for new projects, such as corporate purchasing for MRO parts.

“Standardizing processes meant overcoming diverse names and structures, challenging the team to embrace change for a unified approach.” Jeff Lampert

Efficient Spare Parts Management:

  • A dedicated role was created to issue and receive spare parts, ensuring accurate inventory and preventing unexpected downtime. This initiative resulted in a significant reduction in maintenance-related downtime and cost savings.

“Shifting from paper to digital, we now view work orders on the computer, streamlining our spare parts management for increased efficiency.” Jeff Lampert

Improved Uptime:

  • Moving to the Mainsaver Cloud dramatically increased system uptime, ensuring continuous access to work orders, parts inventories, and other critical data.

Operational Efficiency:

  • The shift from on-premise to cloud-based Mainsaver resulted in a 1:1 cost comparison. Internal resources were freed up as IT support responsibilities shifted to Mainsaver, leading to increased operational efficiency.

“The 1:1 cost transition from on-premise to cloud wasn’t just about dollars; it freed up internal resources by shifting IT support responsibilities to Mainsaver. For a smaller company like us, Mainsaver fits the bill really well.” Jeff Lampert

Future Maintenance Management Projects:

The Sauk Rapids facility is focusing now on optimizing parts and inventory management, addressing issues such as excess spare parts, and adjusting for improved supply chain lead times.

“Mainsaver support is a cornerstone of our success. Rob and the team are not just contacts; they are reliable partners always ready to assist.” Jeff Lampert

Advice for Maintenance Managers:

Jeff Lampert offers valuable advice to maintenance managers considering a software change. He emphasizes the importance of analyzing and identifying your biggest challenges, whether they relate to inventory, floor operations, or data collection. For Branding Iron Holding, data collection was the key issue, and Mainsaver’s cloud solution provided a reliable platform.

“Think about the theory or process you want to use. Decide whether you want to be cost-center-based or asset-based, and grow from there.”  Jeff Lampert

Conclusion:

The successful transition to Mainsaver’s Cloud-based CMMS at Branding Iron Holding’s three facilities showcases the positive impact of modernizing maintenance processes. Standardized operations, improved data reliability, and efficient spare parts management have contributed to increased productivity, reduced downtime, and overall operational success.

Learn more about Mainsaver’s solutions for the Food Processing Industry

Branding Iron Holdings logo - the company recently moved to a cloud-based CMMS for maintenance management

Branding Iron Holdings provides an innovative and delicious breadth of protein products to satisfy their customer’s unique needs and challenges through safe and efficient processes and unrivaled, personable relationships.  Meat manufacturers since 1960, BIH is the holding company for Holten Meat Inc., Rochester Meat Company, and Huisken Meat Company, with facilities in Sauget, IL, Rochester, MN, and Sauk Rapids, MN.