Automated maintenance management software also provides a direct connection to the entire management system to view repair history, parts inventory and equipment specifications. This supports more effective trouble shooting and eliminates repeat repairs.
Parts used (barcode scanned or picked through parts from history) while the job is on the clock are charged to the job immediately, keeping the shelf quantity shown in the computer in synch with what is actually on the shelf.
The City of Lansing's real-time management system has eliminated the lag between job completion and management system notification to support real-time work flow management. Paper work orders and the administrative staff to re-create them in the management system are no longer required.
Labor hours are as exact as parts used. Parts quantities in the system match the counts on the shelf.
Employing real-time maintenance management systems help technicians make better decisions because they have access to real-time database information. That saves a fleet time and money through improved maintenance performance.
Tom Wisenall founded Current Software in 1986 following a 12-year career in public transit management and consulting that included both domestic and overseas assignments. His interest in maintenance management software solutions began in 1981 with work on a service island data collection system utilizing hand-held data collectors and an Apple II+ computer to calculate fuel and fluid consumption and schedule preventive maintenance inspections. Current Software launched its ExtraFleet line of maintenance management software in 1993. It was one of the first such applications developed for the
Windows operating system environment. The company's ExtraFleet.net broadens the software's accessibility via the Internet and automating data capture by utilizing widely available devices like the Smartphone.