F.T. Silfies chooses TMTsoftware

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F.T. Silfies, a regional mid-Atlantic dry bulk carrier, has selected TMTsoftware as its asset maintenance management system. F.T. Silfies plans an aggressive rollout schedule for its seven maintenance facilities, which will start after the first of the year.

“We are very excited with our selection of TMT,” says Randy Sheeler, president and chief executive officer of Nazareth, Pa.-based F.T. Silfies. “We have been in the market for a suitable maintenance management system and definitely wanted something that would interface with TMWSuites, and after seeing what TMT had to offer, our decision got much easier.”

Since the acquisition of Silfies in June 2005 by Quantum Equity Partners in McLean, Va., F.T. Silfies has come from a trucking company with manual systems to one of the most technologically advanced carriers in the dry bulk industry, Sheeler says. “We have purchased over 70 2006 and 2007 tractors within the past 14 months as a pre-buy for the ’07 emissions guidelines, and while a lot of the work we do is warranty work, we’ve added a different brand of tractor to our parts inventory,” says Stephen “Butch” Wolf, director of maintenance for F.T. Silfies.

“It was very important to me to include the people who will use the system to make the decision as to which software would work best with Silfies,” Sheeler says. “I’m most excited with TMT’s Transman Interactive Module, which is touchscreen work stations to allow for a ‘push button’ paperless shop environment. Mechanics will have touchscreen capability for charging labor, parts and services during the repair order process.”