|An updated computer database system for maintenance
records is improving the efficiency of equipment transactions at the
Fort McCoy Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA).
Mark Raap of the Installation
Materiel Maintenance Activity staff inputs maintenance record
information into the new Standard Army Maintenance
System-Installation Enhanced data base.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Eric Fox, chief of the IMMA Production Control Division, said
Standard Army Maintenance System (SAMS)-Installation Enhanced (IE) was
created specifically to meet Army needs.
The old system was web-based; the new system uses local servers.
“It’s definitely an improvement to have the local servers,” Fox said.
“The new system responds much faster and saves us a lot of time.”
SAMS-IE includes client (user) computers, which allow for data to be
The new system also is compatible with the program units use, and allows
them to input data directly into the system, he said.
Fox said this is very helpful for mobilization/demobilization units that
may have a number of work orders. This saves them time and helps them to
meet their tight training schedules.
“SAMS-IE also streamlines our tracking system and cuts down on
paperwork,” Fox said.
“When you realize we have more than 1,500 open work orders and more than
60,000 work orders in the system you can realize the time savings we
get. It allows us to give our customers better and quicker service.”
While the new system primarily is used to take care of customer
equipment requests, it also helps IMMA run its reset programs more
efficiently, Fox said. The reset upgrades bucket loaders, water
distributors, bobcats, tank and pumper units and air compressors, which
then are sent to the U. S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and
allocated to units.
The system allows IMMA to streamline the process to get the other
equipment into the shops for maintenance and repair and returned quicker
to the units, he said.
A contractor, McLane Advanced Technologies of Temple, Texas, installed
the system at Fort McCoy. Fox said the company held a two-week training
course and then offered three-week over-the-shoulder familiarization
training before the system went live at Fort McCoy in April.
“The system allowed us to convert data from the old data base system to
the new one, so that saved us a lot of time,” Fox said. “Our people have
appreciated the new capabilities of the SAMS-IE system.”