The AST Planned Maintenance System is a powerful organisational software tool that enables vessels to reduce their operational expenses.
The AST Planned Maintenance System is a sophisticated, but easy to use, modular application designed for Marine Engineers and Operations Managers to cost effectively manage their vessel(s) maintenance tasks.
The maritime heritage is apparent as the application was originally designed by a frustrated Chief Engineer over a decade ago, and substantially enhanced ever since.
The software enables users to plan, monitor, record and implement complex maintenance tasks, including compliance reporting and innovative predictive maintenance monitoring.
The AST Planned Maintenance System contributes towards improved maintenance on the vessel(s) increasing efficiencies by avoiding downtime and preventing part(s) malfunction.
From medical supplies to the main engine, every piece of equipment sent on board can be listed together with any associated work procedures.
Already used on a number of vessels around the world, including tankers and crew transfer vessels, the software allows both the ship’s crew and the office based team(s) to manage daily checks, stock levels and routine procedures for the whole vessel.
- Planned, scheduled, predictive and condition based maintenance
- Analysis of maintenance history and reporting
- Cross fleet job standardisation
- Cross fleet KPI’s
- Defect reporting and management
- Stock / spare part management
- Records when work is complete
- All ships equipment listed with associated work procedures
- Class surveys and certificate management
- Plan vessel dry dock visits/refits
- View on vessel, and from shore
- Saves time and money
- Compatible with iRAMS for vessel data collection automation
- Compatible for DNV approval certification
The software has modular architecture and as such can be introduced in ‘simple to implement’ modules, with optional added value functionality to meet the needs of individual vessels.
The AST-Planned Maintenance System home page uses a simple traffic light system to highlight any equipment that requires attention, and indicates dates when tasks are due.
Crew on board the vessel can use the system to record when tasks have been completed, attach comprehensive history, pictures, notes, request new parts, or maintain stock (if required).
Any update made on the ship’s system is automatically made available to view in the shore based office application, ready for the Operations Manager to review and monitor.
The Planned Maintenance System (PMS) software allows vessel owners and operators to schedule and plan maintenance of the vessel.
The master copy of the PMS is located on the vessel, and a duplicate copy with reduced functionality is located shore side typically used by Operations Manager or owner. The owner is able make changes (for example create and delete jobs and change schedules) but does not enable them to issue work orders or enter work done. Any changes the owner makes can be relayed to the vessel in an ‘update file’ sent as an attachment to an email or, for vessels with internet access, via the internet.
The basic system requirements required for the PMS are:
- Microsoft Windows 10
- Microsoft Windows 7
- Microsoft Windows XP Home or Professional (SP3)
- Microsoft Windows Vista (SP1)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (SP1) or 2008
- The Core Software
The basic system features a planned maintenance section based on a tree structure containing the list of machines/equipment to be maintained. Each item on the tree can have an unlimited number of Jobs attached.
A traffic light system gives a visual indication of the status of each job.
Jobs are can be issued by printing out a work order, which identifies the Item and details the work to be done. A copy of it is automatically placed on the work orders page where it remains until the work is completed.
A description of the work done is entered into the work order which is then sent to the Workbooks.
Reports of work done between specific dates and on selected items can be printed or saved to a text file.
Job scheduling can be based calendar dates, running hours or events.
The tab to the right labelled ‘Tips & FAQ’s’ (frequently asked questions) is for staff to convey information about recurring problems and difficult to trace faults to future vessel staff.
The certificates required for the vessel are contained on the Certificates page. A listing of the certificates and their inspection/renewal dates is shown and a traffic-light system highlights the status of each one. Copies of the originals are stored as PDF files which can be uploaded on board or by using the office based program to deliver them, in either case the office system will show the date each one arrived on board, and whether or not it was opened for inspection.
Optional Integration into iRAMS vessels telematics – offers data reporting automation
The PMS solution is fully compatible and integrated with iRAMS which means greater efficiencies can be gained through automating vessel data reporting, freeing crew on board for other duties.