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Creating Schedule Based PMs

Asset Essentials allows you to generate new preventive maintenance (PM) work orders based on a set schedule.

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How to Create a Schedule Based PM

  • Click on the Work Orders menu icon, then click PM/PdM.
  • Click the New button.


  • Enter a Title.
  • If this PM schedule should be active and ready to generate Work Orders upon saving, make sure the box next to Enabled is checked.
  • Select the Source Type from the drop down menu.
  • If you have selected the Asset Source Type, check the box next to Create separate Work Order if you would like a separate Work Order to generate for each individual Asset associated with this schedule.
  • Select the appropriate WO Status from the drop down menu.
  • The rest of the fields in the General section are optional, however it is recommended to provide as much detail as possible.



  • Select your frequency using one of the following options. The frequency settings will vary based on your selection.
    • Daily - Select either Every (_) day(s) or Every weekday. Example: For work that needs to be done every day including weekends, enter Every (1) day.
    • Weekly - Recur every (_) week(s) on (day(s) of the week). Example: For work that needs to take place every other Monday, enter Weekly - Recur every (2) weeks with a check mark in the box next to Monday.
    • Monthly
      • Day (_) of every (_) month(s) Example: For work that needs to take place on the 15th day of every month, enter Day (15) of every (1) month.
      • The (third) (Monday) of every (_) month(s) Example: For work that needs to be done on the first weekday of every quarter, enter the (first) (weekday) of every (3) months.

    • Yearly - Every (_) Year(s)
      • (January) (_) Example: For work that needs to take place on October 15th of every year, enter (October) (15) and Every (1) Years.
      • The (first) (Monday) of (January). Example: For work that will be done on the first weekday in May every other year, enter The (first) (weekday) of (May) and Every (2) Years.

  • The default Start date for this PM schedule is today's date. This date can be adjusted if needed.
  • If you have PM work that needs to be performed only during a specific time of year, you can setup a seasonal start and end date between which the above selected frequency will apply. This option provides an alternate way of producing work orders during just the season where they are applicable, and prevents the need to enable and disable PMs every year.

    • Choose the Season starts option.
    • Select the month and day from the drop down menu for the Season start and end dates.
  • Select the Don't create WO unless the prior ones from this PM have been completed option to prevent recurring work orders from being generated unless the previous work order has been completed. This is useful for daily or weekly tasks. For example, a PM schedule to inspect a generator on a daily basis should not create a work order unless the generator was inspected the day before.

    • Choose whether this setting should apply to This PM only or another Selected PM/PdM.


The Source Type you selected in the General section will determine what field this section is dedicated to.

  • Select the specific Site(s), Location(s), or Asset(s) the PM work is for.

Work Requested

The Work requested section provides a way to enter a description of the work to be performed. In general, this description is an overview of the work, and does not replace the Tasks/Steps section of the PM.

Assigned To

Use this section to indicate who is responsible for the PM work.

  • Click the Select User () or Select Me () icons to either select yourself or another user whose information is already populated in Asset Essentials.


The Parts section of a PM schedule enables you to allocate or assign parts to a PM. Those parts will appear on each work order that the PM schedule generates. This creates a link between parts assigned in the PM and the inventory held by the organization.

  • Click on the Select Part icon (). 
  • Choose the Part(s) from the Select Part window.



An asset needed to complete PM work is defined as a piece of equipment and can be added to the PM schedule as an equipment item. For example, if you need to use a Shop-Vac to complete the PM work, you can select the Shop-Vac asset in this section to indicate it will be used to on the job. If you are performing maintenance on the Shop-Vac, then it would be selected as an Asset on the PM Schedule and not in this section.

  • To select a piece of Equipment, click the Select Asset icon ().
  • In the Select Asset window, check the box next to the Asset(s) you will be using as Equipment, and click the Select button.
  • Select the User who will be using the Equipment to complete this PM work.
  • If the Equipment has an Equipment Rate, select it from the drop down.
  • If you are utilizing the Calendar features of Asset Essentials, enter a Start Time and End Time so other staff members can view when the Equipment will be in use.



Asset Essentials allows you to create a list of tasks for the worker to follow.  You have the option to either create a new task by clicking the Add New Task button or you can select a existing task from the Tasks Library. *Note: If you are adding a task to a new work order, you must first save the work order before any tasks can be added.

Adding a Task from the Tasks Library

  • Click on Select Task from library.
  • Check the box next to any task you would like included on the work order.
  • Click the Copy or Link button to transfer the tasks to the PM schedule.
    • Copy: The Copy button will allow you to make edits to the tasks on the individual PM without altering the original task stored in the library.
    • Link: The Link button will gray out the tasks on the individual PM and not allow you to make edits. In order to make edits using the Link button the tasks must be edited directly from the task library and will affect all other PMs that have those tasks linked.

Adding a Single Task

  • Click on Add New Task to create a new task on the work order.
  • In the Task window, select the User responsible for the task from the drop down menu or click the user icon () to select a user from the list.
  • Enter the Name of the task as well as the Description.
  • Select the Task Type. You can select "Instruction" for generic step-by-step tasks, or "Collect Reading" if the worker should record any meter readings from an asset. *Note: If you select Collect Reading, you must also select an Asset and a Meter Title.
  • Enter a Description for the task.
  • If you need to attach a document to the task, click the image icon and select a document from either your Document Library or upload a file from your computer.
  • Repeat these steps to add as many tasks as needed.



Use this section to attach documents related to your PM schedule.

  • Click on the Select Document icon to either select a document from the Documents Library, or add a document from your computer.

Custom Fields for Work Order

If your account is using custom fields, fill out any information in this section.

  • Once you have completed all of the required fields, click the Save button at the top of the page.