The Central Components Library
Ulysses Central or Μaster Component Library and vessel component setups constitute one system that reflects the real world of how machines are built and how they are maintained, and assures data integrity to support your decisions associated with these activities.
Why it is important
Machines are built in factories for many ships and industry applications.
It stands to reason that machines exist as meaningful functional components outside any particular ship, and behave in much the same way, regardless of where they are installed, although the conditions under which they work may differ.
So it makes sense to build software that models the world of machinery in a way that acknowledges the commonalities of machines, regardless of which ship they are in, and also captures machine ship duty, which is the live ship specific data that will affect the decisions about the machines.
How it works
The Central Components Library is a database of ships’ technical components; each component with its spare parts, maintenance information and full history, stored centrally and linked to common core descriptions.
Instances of components per ship are derived from the Central Library while retaining the core commonality of identifications.
New information from ship’s duty and requisitions is completed locally but also available centrally.
What it resolves
This is in contrast to defining each of these components individually, thus introducing different identifications for each ship when in fact they are the same machines with just serial number difference. Since components are originally sourced from the same manufacturers, who define the ways in which we identify parts and perform procurement, it is the natural approach to retain unified information for the same machinery and parts across the fleet.
Some of the benefits
An assets management system with a central component library favours statistical comparisons and offers overviews of component maintenance and procurement which makes it a very powerful tool in controlling and optimising life-cycle costs.