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A Computerized System for Tracking Field Equipment Maintenance.
Microcomputer Applications in Occupational Health and Safety, Lewis Publishers, Chelsea, Michigan, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists 1987:201-205
A computerized system was developed for tracking field equipment maintenance. The system utilized an IBM microcomputer with a Hewlett Packard (HP) thinkjet printer, a HP portable microcomputer, and a wand type bar code reader. Personal sampling pumps were chosen to be tracked because of their high failure rate. Each pump was marked with a bar code label for identification, which was also used to identify the pump on repair records. A command oriented data base system was used to develop the computer based maintenance tracking system. Each month, the database program was used to search the schedule for pumps whose last recorded maintenance was earlier than the present date minus the assigned time interval. A list of bar codes for the pumps that were in need of maintenance according to the date time interval was generated, saved on disk, and downloaded to the portable computer. The portable computer screen showed the rooms where the pumps were located. The bar codes of the pumps were scanned and when the correct pumps were identified they were taken to be repaired. After repair and testing, the repairs and appropriate codes and dates were recorded on the computer. The author concludes that planned improvements in the system such as a log/in log/out file and a record for users performance comments may help to detect additional problem areas in pump maintenance.
Data-processing; Occupational-health; Personal-protection; Sampling-equipment; Computer-equipment; Safety-programs; Computers; Equipment-reliability; Information-systems;
Microcomputer Applications in Occupational Health and Safety, Lewis Publishers, Chelsea, Michigan, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
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