Bob Trebilcock

Bob Trebilcock
MROs Harness Big Data To Reduce Inventory 
MRO providers use Big Data to improve operations
Cranfield Aims To Improve Aircraft Health Monitoring 

The Integrated Vehicle Health Management Center at England's Cranfield University was founded five years ago, after a proposal for it won an international competition sponsored by Boeing.

Supply Chain Role Grows In AOG Events
AOG maintenance work is increasingly also a supply-chain event
Logistics Providers Expanding Their Services 

With a demand for higher levels of customer service, third-party logistics providers are developing services for the MRO industry that go far beyond basic warehousing and transportation. These include:

Third-Party Logistics Providers Increasingly Important For MRO 

When Moog Aircraft Group launched its total support program for flight-control systems for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, the concept was simple: Guarantee airlines that a component will be ready to ship within 2 hr.—or as little as 10 min. in an aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situation—from a location no more than 6-7 hr. from anyplace in the world.

How The Right Metrics Help Airlines, MROs Save 

You can't manage what you can't measure. That dictum is repeated so often, that you may tune it out. But performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPI) are a critical component to a lean MRO or Six Sigma initiative.

Chapter 14. Warranty 

Whether you are using barcodes, direct part marking or RFID, the ability to automatically enter information about a part into an ERP system could lead to benefits from other chapters, including Chapter 14, which automates the process to file warranty claims.

Many fleet operators don't take full advantage of warranties because the administrative costs associated with filing claims are high, contends Hannes Sandmeier, VP of application development for Oracle.

Mobile MRO in action 

While we are in the early stages of mobile MRO, here are five examples of mobile solutions that are in development or already have been deployed.

ERP Or Best of Breed? 

When it comes to supply chain and maintenance software, should you turn to an ERP vendor for all of your solutions, like SAP or Oracle? Or should you add on-point solutions from the likes of Mxi, Trax, Servigistics or their best-of-breed competitors?

Both sides make a persuasive case for their approach.

Right-Sizing Inventory 

Inventory is the hot potato of the supply chain. No one wants to hold it. That is especially true in the MRO industry, where airlines and maintenance organizations alike are right-sizing their businesses in light of the recession.

Moving Up the Value Chain 

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” applies to MROs, even those in the developed world, where companies compete with organizations from lower-cost emerging markets.

“Processes like airframe maintenance rely on labor, which is a commodity in today’s environment,” says Mike McBride, executive VP and CFO of Team SAI. “If an MRO in North America or Europe wants to maintain its margins, it has to move up the value chain and offer additional services, modifications and eventually component and engine repairs.”

Asset Management Takes Off 

Everyone understands the need for radar. When aircraft are up in the air, it’s important to keep track of a carrier’s most important assets. Keeping track of assets down on the ground is just as important. Knowing how much inventory you have and where it’s located, after all, is a key component of supply chain management.

Tracking Pins and Tools at TIMCO 

As part of the normal maintenance process, aircraft safety systems such as oxygen masks and evacuation slides must be disabled to prevent accidental activation. At TIMCO Aviation Services, hundreds of preventative safety pins typically are inserted at the start of a maintenance process and then removed at the end of the job. If these pins aren’t removed at the end of the service operation, the safety equipment will not function when the aircraft is returned to service, and the flight crew will have no indication that the system is not operative.

Mid-Market Supply Chain Management 

In 2005, Rimsky Buitrago, CEO of Coopesa, realized that his business model was changing. To remain competitive, Coopesa’s supply chain processes inside and outside the hangar would have to change as well.

Based at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica, Coopesa is a mid-size MRO specializing in Boeing narrowbody airframe maintenance. The facility can service up to seven aircraft at once.

Supply chain software systems are designed to manage processes, people and assets. Service lifecycle management is a different kind of software system. Sitting at the junction of ERP, MRO and content management solutions, it is designed to put a comprehensive maintenance library of technical information in the hands of maintenance technicians, engineers and parts managers as they are performing their jobs.

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