Standard Army Maintenance System-Enhanced
McLane Advanced Technologies (MAT) is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the Standard Army Maintenance System – Enhanced (SAMS E), which is a single system that allows the US Army to manage over 1 million vehicle and repair parts at a very high rate of readiness.
The maintenance system of choice for the world’s most modern Army
Automated logistics systems are used daily by thousands of Soldiers worldwide to conduct motor pool operations, fleet management, repair parts ordering, receiving and warehousing, both in garrison and combat environments. To date, MAT has trained over 27,669 Soldiers for deployment and prepared over 14,500 systems for employment. SAMS-E is the Army’s most widely used automated logistics system.
SAMS-E Program History
In 2004, the United States Army entrusted MAT with modernizing its logistics systems to equip military personnel with up-to-date capabilities that support enterprise resource planning. SAMS-E is the development of a single suite of applications from four outdated systems — ULLS-G, SAMS-1, SAMS-2 and SAMS-I/TDA. The SAMS-E suite includes:
SAMS-E modernized the following functions:
- Automated unit level maintenance, supply, and readiness reporting functions.
- Day-to-day weapon system and sub-component readiness status.
- Maintenance and related repair parts information.
- Management functions from the tactical direct support (DS)/general support (GS) level maintenance activities and supports the transition to the Field and Sustainment Maintenance concept (Two - Levels of Maintenance).
SAMS-E acts as a bridge — linking current systems functionality and the US Army's future Global Combat Support System (GCSS-Army).
SAMS-E is considered a mission critical system that supports the following elements:
- Combat Services Support (CSS).
- Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) unit level maintenance elements.
- Field and Sustainment maintenance shop production activities.
- Maintenance managers from the battalion to wholesale levels.
SAMS-E Version 13.01.07 equips today’s Army with the technology needed for the future
The last version, 13.01.06, incorporated the Army Golden Master (AGM) version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for improved information assurance (IA) and Department of Defense (DOD) compliance. SAMS-E was the first Logistics Information System (LIS) to take advantage of the Army Golden Master with 13.01.06. The SAMS-E team has taken advantage of the new 64-bit hardware and the Window 7 Software with the latest version, 13.01.07 . As a result, system load-time is reduced by approximately 50% from the previous versions, delivering on time and under budget results.
The SAMS-E Suite consisting of SAMS-1E/2E software run on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Operating System while the SAMS-IE Database Server and Application host run on Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. SAMS-E was written in the source code language of C Sharp(C#) and developed using Visual Studio.net. Interfaces within SAMS-E have been recently modernized into XML format. SAMS-E recently upgraded to Oracle 11g R2 relational database, which allows for full scalability of one to multiple users (clients) at each site.
The improvement to SAMS-E optimizes user experience by merging current Windows technology with state of the art security. Automation of tasks offers greater efficiency in managing day-to-day processes and increases the success rate for system backups and secure data archiving. The new release continues to leverage Windows imaging technology, providing a controlled environment for smoother, more reliable implementations.
The streamlined workflow capabilities and improved implementation process make SAMS-E a valuable tool for a more cost-effective Army. In addition, 13.01.07 continuously enhances embedded training with new e-learning capabilities and an interactive instructional approach.
MAT continues to provide customer service through training, over the shoulder, and technical assistance wo Army units worldwide.
PERFORMANCE & SECURITY
Version 13.01.07 Enhancements:
- The equipment serial number has been expanded rom 15 to 20 characters with the ability to change equipment records as well as the ability to change customer equipment serial numbers.
- update serial numbers for organic and customer equipment.
- Customer Equipment Density Management enabled in SAMS-1E.
- The Work Order Evacuation and Work Order Transfer as well as the Equipment Transfer have been modernized into XML format.
- Windows 7 security has been enhanced with the addition of Service Pack 1.
- SAMS-IE clients have been upgreaded to Windows 7 SP1 x64.
- SAMS-IE Database and Application Host OS is upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 wich includes additional security and policy enhancements.
- DA Form 2407-E displays up to 999 tasks and parts.
- Manual Inventory Report displays all inventory locations for the All Stocks option.
- Shop Supply locations can be deleted when multiple locations exist for an NSN.
SAMS-1E and SAMS-IE users have the capability to:
- schedule automatic backups and specify the duration to retain temporary backup files (1E/IE/2E).
- complete Backup and Restore processes independently. Separation of the two processes affords increased security in assigning roles and permissions. Decreased human interaction increases opportunities for successful data archiving and recovery.
- qualify personnel by End Item Code (EIC). Universally assigned EICs help to standardize licensing.
- transfer personnel with associated qualifications, restrictions, and actions. Soldiers experience a more fluid transition as EIC qualifications and administrative data follow from station-to-station.
- assign an Advice Code normal requisition processes.
- transfer fully-received quantities between Admin Numbers from the Document Control Register (DCR) — alternate transfer options provide greater flexibility managing operational processes.
- Mean Time to Recovery (MTTR) for full system restore is reduced to less than a hour for re-imaging with minimal user activity.
- Leverages Windows imaging technology, providing a cost-effective and configurable deployment resulting in smoother, more reliable implementation.
- Image load for SAMS-1E/2Eand IE clients is reduced by approximately 50% from the previous versions, providing time and cost savings for the US Army.
- SAMS-IE Host images are combined into a more efficient three-disc set.
BENEFITS AND VALUE
Users operate a notebook computer that maintains current interface functionalities. At both the organizational and support levels, SAMS-E consists of former ULLS-G and SAMS-1 processes unique to each application, eliminating any duplicate processes.
At the organization level, SAMS-E supports critical unit-level functions, such as:
- Equipment operator qualifications.
- Equipment dispatching.
- Tracking equipment Preventive maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS).
- Equipment fault records.
- Army Oil Analysis Program (AOAP) and Army Materiel Status System (AMSS) reporting.
Continued important SAMS-E functionality:
- Support of multiple UICs to allow an easy transition between each UIC.
- Considers repair parts as shop supply with multiple storage locations.
- Utilizes both FEDLOG and the SARSS catalog update.
- Establishes the document register as the only supply register.
- Identifies units as either direct or indirect (supported customer).
- Automatically generates a work order when an operator level fault is initiated and part(s) are received.
- Changes management of unit data from DODAAC based to UIC based selection and entry.
- Retains the man-hour accounting on/off switch as an option in the event of deployment.
- Quality Validation.