CHAMPS eWP is designed to improve the productivity and execution of maintenance and repairs tasks by deploying mobile technologies for daily field activities. In many maintenance organizations today, workers take into the field a large, three-ring binder packed with forms, diagrams and documents necessary to complete a job. CHAMPS eWP modernizes the workflow and enables electronic execution in the field. It reduces costs and improves the efficiency of the entire workflow process by:

  • Streamlining the process for creating and managing work packages.
  • Reducing time and material costs associated with the assembly of traditional work packages.
  • Reducing the administrative tasks for field workers and increasing wrench time;
  • Improving control of work packages from initiation to closeout.
  • Facilitating in-field work package revisions.
  • Improving work package closeout process

Eliminating the paper from the work package process and replacing it with a mobile device such as a tablet provides the platform for significant maintenance and work management process improvements. The mobile device is fully self-contained with all available resources. An eWP also offers the ability to have user-defined work instruction detail based on the input of the worker.

The work planner can package the work order, procedures, instructions, audio or video for the workers to have all information necessary to complete the work. The eWP can be assigned, tracked and closed with signatures, all electronically.

The work package is loaded onto an electronic tablet and can be updated by WiFi; but, a WiFi connection is not required when using the tablet in the field. The work package on the tablet is similar in structure and format to hardcopy work packages and includes tabs, collected documents and required forms and checklists. Signatures, as-found data and other work records are made and captured on the tablet. The camera and other features of the tablets allow workers to capture information for future use or to forward it electronically to others to support the work activity.

CHAMPS eWP Work-Flow

1. Planner creates work packages containing:
• a pre-job brief
• scope statements
• contingency actions
• work instructions
• parts information
• tool lists
• feedback mechanisms
• drawings

2. Route work package for approvals by supervisors
3. Supervisor accepts or returns work package
4. Supervisor assigns Craft or Crew to a work package
5. Operations pre-authorized work order tasks
6. Craft determines job readiness and workability
7. Craft Signs clearances
8. Craft Conducts verifications and inspections
9. Craft Records work progress
10. Supervisor monitors work and tracks status
11. Supervisor processes work packages returned by craft
12. Supervisor conducts completion review and signs off work package
13. Planner updates CMMS with the work package data

Here are several benefits to moving from paper-based work processes to CHAMPS  eWP :

  • Improve worker productivity – An automated electronic work package reduces redundancy and includes controlled document validation, electronic task assignment check-in and check-out, remote authorizations, automated task status updates, single-point data entries, and digital imaging and video capture to better document field conditions.
  • Improve work quality – Electronic platforms provide access to electronic references and resources that previously were not readily available.
  • Reduce costs – Paperless processes can save on various resources, including printing, assembly and managing paper binders.
  • Reduced downtime – Because communication is easier with an electronic routing and delivery system, less time is required to take maintenance actions or make engineering change orders.
  • Stronger communication – A centralized document management system enables greater ability to share documents within the manufacturing environment, across facilities and between functional units. Stronger communication creates fewer errors.