Maintenance Assistant is a novel solution for maintenance management. This application is a CMMS, which stands for Computerized Maintenance Management System. There are quite a few solutions in this field available in the market, but Maintenance Assistant has been designed with a concept that makes it one of a kind.
The first distinctive characteristic of this system is that it’s totally free. Users won’t have to pay for downloading and using it; not now, not later. And there are no banners or publicity within the system. Another difference of Maintenance Assistant is that it’s a multi-user system with network support, right from the cradle. This is because it provides a web interface, which works on any web browser, with which you can access and work in the database from any computer connected to the Web. What you download and install is the server which, naturally, has to be installed on a computer with Internet connection and has to be online whenever you want to use the system. Maintenance Assistant has no limits for the amount of users supported. In addition to the multi-user support there’s the multi-language support. Since this program can be used over the Internet, it can be used overseas by people who speak different languages.
Following with the special characteristics of the system it must be commented that it is a multi-platform database; that is to say, the server can be run on Windows, Linux and Macintosh systems. The clients can access it over the Internet with a web browser, no matter what platform they are using.
Finally, Maintenance Assistant is a community driven development. There is a huge community of expert users who help to develop the tool, letting it evolve day after day. Besides, the web site of Maintenance Assistant offers a numberless of information resources related to maintenance. A downside in this regard is that the web site is available in English only.
Speaking specifically about the database, it includes tables for administrators and technicians, machines, parts, work orders, locations, suppliers and other. It’s possible to have catalogs for all those elements, schedule preventive maintenance activities for each, have reports about those activities, keep records about breakdowns, and many other common maintenance management tasks.