Thursday, November 1, 2018


Yes, yes, I know - six months between posts is a bit much, but the summers here are quite busy and I just can't bring myself to post much up on any media platforms when I'm working 1/2 days (6:00am to 6:00pm).

I have been looking at several different web-based Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) platforms over the years - there are many on the market. I recently renewed my efforts after participating in a beta test program which ended with my telling the developer that their efforts were a train wreck, and the developer then deciding my input was no longer what they were after (imagine that). Apparently they have enough people telling them to move forward with a system which is slower than pencil and paper, and almost as effective.

Most of the commercial CMMS software on the market is geared for facilities maintenance at the enterprise level (read: expensive and large). I have reviewed systems which cost anywhere from $2,800/year (with no inventory management) to $6,000/year (with an additional mandatory three-day training commitment at $6,800). Then I found Limble CMMS.

The Urban Dictionary defines Limble as a combination of Limber and Nimble - seems reasonable.

I contacted Miguel at Limble and arranged for a free 30 day trial. After a week of playing with the system I was ready to commit, and we have decided to go all-in with implementation. Limble does everything we need a maintenance management solution to do, and does it for a very reasonable cost. We will be setting up our technicians with Galaxy Tab A 8" Android tablets in Otter Box cases, and I will run it from my desk and phone. We also have a large flat screen display in the shop running on a Chrome box which will display shop operations in real time.

For shops of all sizes I recommend checking out Limble. At $25/month/user even small shops can have a fully modern CMMS with inventory management that can run on your phone just as well as on your PC. $35/month gets you multi-location implementation for operations which have more than one shop.


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