Electronic Maintenance System (EMS)
The EMS NG (Next Generation) uses the high-bandwidth, Internet-connected world to improve the delivery of maintenance information and to improve awareness of its impact on combat readiness. It plays an important role in the transition to embedded diagnostics for future tactical hardware.
EMS NG Features:
- Web-based authoring portal and IETM displayed in a common web browser
- Windows-Linux cross-platform capability
- Link directly to business systems like ULLS-G and GCSS-A to order repair parts and support predictive/preventive maintenance
- XML conforms to DoD MIL-STD-2361C and S1000D
- Data export capability compliant with MIL-STD-3008A, MIMOSA
- Compliant with the frame-based requirements of MIL-STD-40051-1/2
- Ability to hyperlink from troubleshooting to maintenance to parts data
- Collect and store maintenance and troubleshooting data
A Complete Product Support Information System
EMS NG represents the next phase in the evolution of EMS. It is a complete product support information system that uses Internet technology to enhance the productivity and effectiveness of logisticians with all activities required in the life cycle of an asset.
Three Core EMS NG Components
- First is the content development component. It is a web-based, guided authoring system used to create MIL-STD-2361C-compliant IETM and RPSTL data. It serves as a resource import module that lets asset managers reuse existing data.
- The second component is the Content Management System (CMS); the backbone of the NG system. The CMS comprises work flow, warehouse, packaging, and publishing modules. At run time, the CMS receives data from the content development component and validates its authenticity and compliance to specifications and guidelines. The CMS harmonizes the data with existing data stored in the CMS to ensure there is no duplication. This key step in the process streamlines production. The CMS packaging and publishing modules react on demand to prepare data that could be a portion or an entire IETM's content with all the necessary support tools for presentation to the end user.
- The third component is the presentation. It allows the end user to issue on demand requests to the CMS and present the data in any supported output, such as paper, CD, or web browser.
Advantages Over Existing Product Support Information Systems:
- For the logisticians and asset managers, it provides an open source, modular architecture that is easy to maintain. It also enables them to reuse and repurpose data, which reduces cost.
- Distribution and configuration management are improved by using web-based distribution channels and eliminating redundant processes.
- For the end user, it provides multiple presentation choices in a proven, nonproprietary, user-friendly browsing environment. It can quickly access the latest information.
Advantages for the U.S. Military:
- It is a proven system that generates XML content as required for government applications. It complies with U.S. Army guidelines and specifications MIL-STD-40051-1 and -2 and MIL-STD-2361C.
- It will output Mil-Spec-compliant paper or screen-based content from the same data source.
- It supports joint and multiple service branch requirements (Army, USMC, Navy, Air Force).
- EMS NG’s XML files enable the government to maintain technical manuals throughout the hardware life cycle.