Equipment Management Basics
Please note that as of the new Asset Management System (AMS) implementation in June 2017 this guide is no longer up-to-date. This section has been flagged for a future update.
Purpose of Equipment Management
Equipment Management establishes and maintains procedures that bring the University in compliance with Federal, State, and agency regulations that are requirements of the Universities awarded contracts and grants. Equipment Management reviews all transactions relating to the acquisition, modification, transfer and disposition of inventorial equipment assets in order to assist departments with the accuracy and maintenance of inventorial equipment records while adhering to University policy.
Equipment Management is an important function at UCR because the university must:
- Report expenditures for equipment to federal, state, and private funding agencies
- Record the inventory value, including depreciation, of equipment located at UCR
- Make records of equipment transactions available to UCR's auditing agencies
What is Inventorial Equipment?
All Inventorial Equipment items owned by or in the custody of UCR must be tracked through the EMS (Equipment Management System) and UCR's financial system. To qualify as Inventorial Equipment the property must meet the following criteria at a minimum:
- Have an acquisition cost of $5,000 or greater (including sales tax, shipping and any installation costs)
- Is not disposable or consumable
- Stand alone
- Have a useful life of at least one year
- Qualify as tangible personal property (can be appraised for value)
Non-Inventorial Equipment (Other Property)
Non-Inventorial Equipment items are those that do not meet the above criteria to qualify as Inventorial Equipment. They typically have an acquisition cost that is less than $4,999. Although these items are not actively monitored by Equipment Management and not generally required for reporting purposes a local department policy should be developed to monitor department Non-Inventorial Equipment and supplies.
The Department Head and the Principal Investigator are ultimately responsible for the care, maintenance, financial records, physical inventory, disposal, and control of equipment. A department's Equipment Custodian (Property Administrator) takes care of the actual identification and tracking of Inventorial Equipment within the department.
Equipment Custodians are responsible for the following duties:
Purchasing Inventorial Equipment
When purchasing inventorial equipment it is important that departments ensure that the equipment is placed on an appropriate account code. The account codes are utilized both by the Equipment Management and Accounting in order to determine when new equipment is acquired through a campus procurement. Please reference the Inventorial Equipment Accounts page in order to gain an understanding of where equipment expenses should be allocated. Not assigning these codes properly will contribute to administrative slowdown throughout several departments and likely result in additional paperwork for your department to process.
The Asset Management System (AMS)
As part of campus Organizational Excellence and Lean thinking processes, Business & Financial Services and Computing & Communications developed and deployed a new web-based Asset Management System (AMS) to replace the aging IBM mainframe Equipment Management System (EMS) in June of 2017. The AMS is used by the University of California, Riverside campus to manage the campus-wide inventory of all Inventorial Equipment assets titled to or under the custodial control of the University. This tool provides campus departments with a user-friendly and readily accessible tool to facilitate the accurate monitoring and reporting of equipment assets. The AMS is an R'Space authorized application that is signed into via the UCR Net ID single sign-in (CAS). The AMS roles are assigned by Systems Access Administrators (SAA) via the Enterprise Access Control System (EACS).
For further information on the AMS and its usage please refer to the AMS User Guide that is available on this website.