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Squarerigger Unveils Version 7 of SQ.7 Fleet Maintenance Information System

March 7, 2007

SILVERDALE, WA – Squarerigger, Inc. has released version 7.0 of its SQ.7 software. The new PocketPC devices are Squarerigger’s fifth-generation handheld computers and are a significant step forward for mechanics on the move.

With older-technology batch-oriented devices, mechanics had to plug into a hotsync cradle in the morning to download work orders, then hotsync again in the evening to upload. When the new handhelds remain in constant contact with the server via wireless networking, the fleet manager will know, at a glance, exactly what is going on in the shop. And even when out of range, the new handhelds keep working and automatically resynchronize when they rejoin the network.

Also, an enhanced KwikBuy system (Squarerigger’s term for a hotshot parts order) allows a mechanic either to request specific parts from the warehouse or simply type a description of the parts needed, with parts personnel combining all requests into purchase orders that can updated throughout the workday as new requests are received. As parts are received, parts desk personnel send messages back to the shop floor informing the mechanics that their orders are ready for pickup or delivery to the mechanic.

Other new features include Equipment Families, which groups associated equipment for efficient repair management while maintaining separate records on repair histories, Multiple Meters for assigning an unlimited number of user-definable meter types per vehicle, greatly enhanced support for VMRS, and a new browser-based problem reporting tool that works within an organization’s intranet.

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