It’s pretty unusual for a maintenance department to track just one type of equipment. And even on the rare occasions when they do, they still have to track different makes, models, etc. (think about a fleet of vehicles, for instance).
This is why ManagerPlus allows you to set up different “Log Types” for different types of assets. For instance, you can set up miles as a maintenance log type for your vehicles, and create a log to track hours for your forklifts. That way, when you create a work order for a vehicle, only the maintenance log for miles will appear (rather than both hours and miles, which could lead to data entry errors and confusion).
Before I walk through the steps of setting up a log type, let’s define a few of ManagerPlus’s maintenance log related terms you’ll need to understand first.
Metered Log: this is a log taken from an odometer or other type of meter. Each log value you enter replaces the previous entry (each entry is tracked separately, so you can always go back and see each submission, nothing is erased or over-written). Meters can be set as “Descending” meaning they begin with a higher value and drop lower with each log entry (this way the system knows whether to expect a lower or higher value for each subsequent log entry).
Allow Meter Reset: Turning on this option will ‘save your place’ in the event that a meter is reset or replaced. For example, if you’ve been recording miles for a given vehicle and have to replace the odometer, this option will save your place and add subsequent log values to the last reading from the odometer before it was replaced.
Calculated Log: this type is dependent on another log – it will automatically, with no additional entry, take each log entry and calculate an average, max, min, or sum for a period. Calculating the “average temperature over 30 days” or “total weekly hours” would be examples of these types of logs.
Uses Log Warnings: you will want to turn this option on if you are concerned about data entry errors. If, say, a log value of 2,250 is entered when the previous log entry was 20,000, the system will create a pop up alert and highlight the entry so that you can further review it and make any corrections that may be necessary. Continue reading