One of the more basic but also most important and occasionally overlooked functions in WheelHouse, is the Update Runtimes feature. Though the majority of maintenance in the program is calendar driven and not dependent upon runtime entry, some of the more critical equipment (main engines, generators, etc.) maintenance is reliant upon this manually input data. Obviously, the frequency at which the boat is used ultimately determines how often the runtimes need to be entered into WheelHouse, so since most of these hourly service intervals are set for at least 200 hours, entering runtimes shouldn’t result in too much additional input. As with most other aspects of WheelHouse, entering runtimes is fairly straightforward, simply click on Update Runtimes from the Home page of the vessel as shown:
After clicking on Update Runtimes, the Runtime Manager will open, which is where the updates are made. All of the equipment’s runtimes, whose maintenance is hourly based, can be entered within the Runtime Manager page. Once all of the current runtimes have been entered, click Update Run Times to save the changes as shown in the screenshot:
Now, since the most current runtimes have been entered, the program will be calculating all hourly maintenance alerts from these new values. As referenced above, it will be important to continue to enter the runtimes moving forward so that the hourly based maintenance tasks continue to alert correctly. Another important part of this function is the accurate recording of maintenance history once an hourly based PM is closed. When entering the pertinent data into the various fields of the History Manager, it is essential to enter the precise hours at which the service was performed. Please refer to the screenshot to see where this is done: After having worked through these processes a few times, as with most other functions in Wheelhouse, this procedure will become instinctive with each successive log-in.