SMGlobal has released a new software program to assist in the management of equipment and facility maintenance. FastMaint CMMS v. 6.1 lets business managers track regular maintenance and emergency work, send work orders to the maintenance staff on their mobile phones, receive and process feedback from the maintenance workers, and track the progress of all outstanding and completed jobs.

 The software allows each enterprise to define its own equipment, facilities, parts, work orders, vendors, and other items. FastMaint CMMS tracks equipment and facilities, manages inventory, and maintains vendor records for ordering parts and equipment. The software also can help maintenance staff balance workloads and minimizes overtime work, the company said.

New in the latest version is a reminder system to alert technicians when work orders are overdue, enhanced task tracking reports, improved statistical reports with charts and links to work orders.

FastMaint CMMS is available in four editions, allowing businesses to upgrade the software as their companies grow in size and complexity. The Basic and Standard editions are designed for enterprises with a single user managing the maintenance process. The software automatically schedules maintenance activities based upon dates, meter readings, emergency conditions, or any criteria that the user requires. It's easy to create work order templates for planned maintenance, and to deal with breakdowns and other emergencies. You can insert pictures, and link work orders to outside supporting documents.

 The Basic and Standard editions fully support the software’s tracking of assets, parts, and vendors. These editions also support customized reports and work orders, workload balancing, and purchase order processing.

With the Professional and Web editions, the maintenance people can also update and close work orders by sending responses from their mobile phones. The Professional and Web editions support multiple users using the system at the same time. It's easy to define user groups, and restrict access to sensitive information to certain groups.

The Web edition lets you automatically generate reports and email them to the appropriate people.

The powerful Statistics report enables management to compare current performance with prior periods. This Statistics report makes it simple for managers to see the current work order backlog, the percent of completed work orders, the work order estimating accuracy, the equipment that requires the most work, equipment downtime, and other critical information.