Bigfoot CMMS Sets Maintenance Standard for Small Craft Breweries

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Three beer makers choose Bigfoot based on recommendations from industry peers.

Breweries optimize maintenance operations with Bigfoot asset management software

More than 200 pieces of equipment, from fermentation tanks to bottling and kegging machines, conveyors, HVACs chillers and plant vehicles will be scheduled for preventive maintenance in Bigfoot.

“By setting up our work orders and preventive maintenance schedules in Bigfoot CMMS, I’ll get a snapshot of outstanding repairs and follow up with our technicians on estimated completion times."

Smartware Group, Inc., the provider of Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management software) for the optimization of production and facility equipment, recently signed on three breweries in need of centralizing maintenance operations: Allagash Brewing, Long Trail Brewing and Otter Creek Brewing, all based in the Northeast, with nationwide distribution.

When plant engineer Sean Diffley joined Allagash Brewing, based in Portland, ME, the beer maker was using Excel® spreadsheets to track work orders, preventive maintenance schedules and replacement parts. A CMMS research had already begun before he arrived and Bigfoot was a prime candidate.

“I wanted to have a centralized system for the whole maintenance operation – requests, work orders, replacement parts inventory and PMs,” said Diffley. “There are more complex CMMS products but the staff had done the research and Bigfoot is well thought of among craft breweries.”

Allagash’s Belgium-inspired beers are known for experimentation, adding blends of fruits, vegetables and sugars to its grains and hops. The brewery produces 50,000 barrels annually and ships its bottles and kegs to 17 states. After purchasing Bigfoot maintenance software in May, more than 200 pieces of equipment, from fermentation tanks to bottling and kegging machines, conveyors, HVACs chillers and plant vehicles will be scheduled for preventive maintenance in Bigfoot.

Long Trail and sister brewery Otter Creek, both located in Vermont, will produce 135,000 barrels of their handcrafted ales this year. Special projects manager Paul Murphy needed a CMMS product to proactively maintain equipment in the two facilities, and eliminate unscheduled downtime. Friends at Harpoon Brewery recommended Bigfoot CMMS, which was licensed by the two breweries in June.

“Just like farmers need to milk their cows on schedule, we have to empty our beer tanks and fill our quota of bottles and kegs every day,” said Murphy. “Any interruptions in bottle filling or brewing operations affect our projected output. Two days get squeezed into one and our machine operators work overtime to make up for the shortfalls."

“By setting up our work orders and preventive maintenance schedules in Bigfoot CMMS, I’ll get a snapshot of outstanding repairs and follow up with our technicians on estimated completion times. We’ll have a uniform maintenance system for both facilities with Bigfoot.”

At the two facilities, brewing processing equipment, including kettles, lautertons, tanks and fillers, rely on specialized parts that come from Europe and can take up to six weeks for delivery. Instead of running out of parts and staffers frantically tracking down suppliers overseas, Murphy’s team will scan replacement parts with assigned descriptions and supplier contact information into Bigfoot inventory management. Drivers will be able to shuttle parts between the two facilities which are only an hour apart, and reorder them as needed.

“Peace of mind is knowing that spare parts are in inventory if one of our machines breaks down,” said Murphy.

About Smartware Group, Inc.

Smartware Group, Inc., headquartered in Center Harbor, N.H., develops and sells Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management software) for a variety of business environments, from data centers to manufacturing plant floors to convention centers and stadiums.

Since 2002, Bigfoot has helped more than 1,500 customers worldwide improve facility and equipment maintenance operations with advanced capabilities that include preventive maintenance (PMs) and predictive maintenance, work order scheduling, maintenance requests, asset life cycle management, parts replacement inventory, and built-in reporting. Bigfoot CMMS’s native functionality paired with its intuitive design allows maintenance professionals to implement the solution and get results quickly, often in a matter of weeks. To learn more about Bigfoot CMMS, visit http://www.bigfootcmms.com.

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