Apps for the Aftermarket
1. Logging Cabin Damage
Product: Interior Inspector
Specifications: Magnetic MRO’s Interior Inspector app was created to help cabin crew and maintenance teams log and share data about passenger-cabin damage on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. The app connects found damage such as stains or broken seat recliners with pictures or notes that cite a specific location within the cabin. Magnetic MRO released the app last year as a service to customers and to help improve it is collecting data on how airlines are using it. One of the latest adopters is Latvian carrier SmartLynx Airlines.
2. Salesforce Simplicity for MRO
3. Supply-Side Predictive Analytics
Specifications: Beep Analytics’ FlightDeck platform combines a machine learning-based analysis engine with MRO simulation data to provide supply-side predictive analytics. FlightDeck is able to integrate with companies’ legacy systems, and Beep says it is in talks with what it calls “several major first-tier OEMs” to build extended market mapping and predictive analysis solutions for LRU and spare-parts portfolios. Beep says this will enable customers to “obtain a precise, near-real-time tracking capability of their entire aftermarket commercial operations, including market share, competitor activity and much more.”
4. Real-Time Engine MRO Data
Product: Pratt & Whitney Track
Specifications: Pratt & Whitney is piloting a new app called Track with customers to “put real-time data in the palm of their hands.” The app provides access to data about spare parts, orders, component repairs and engine overhauls, which can be filtered and searched as needed. According to Pratt & Whitney, Track will be available in app stores once the trials have been completed.
5. MRO Management Modules
Product: Quantum Control
Specifications: Component Control’s Quantum Control platform is composed of a wide range of modules designed to support key aftermarket processes such as managing inventory, resources and MRO tasks. The company continues to advance the platform’s capabilities, including the addition of a new MobileTech app for mobility across shops and worldwide locations and a Quantum Analytics module for data on parts distribution, inventory, job performance and more. Quantum Control was recently selected by TP Aerospace as part of its goal to go paperless by 2020.
6. Life-Limited Parts Management
Product: Power Werks Aviation Apps
Specifications: Aviation software specialist Power Werks has developed several apps for suppliers, airlines, MROs and lessors. Engine Manager was created for operators to manage their fleets and track engines off-wing through 24/7 access to detailed engine and life-limited parts (LLP) data, including LLP market availability and collaborative event reporting, which Power Werks says can streamline decisions and turn time for aircraft and engine events. The Cycle Value Calculator app is used by engine shops, lessors and airline powerplant personnel to quickly calculate cycle value for LLP in commercial engines.
7. Step-by-Step Task Guidance
Specifications: Recently adapted for the aviation industry, FieldLogs seeks to revolutionize digital task cards by diving much deeper than PDF-based instructions, instead providing step-by-step intelligent guidance that combines OEM instructions, experience-based knowledge, sensor data and more. The app enables videos and photos, digital signatures, and time- and GPS-stamping of actions taken. According to FieldLogs, the app helps MROs increase efficiency and technicians’ compliance while enabling faster training and better knowledge-retention.
8. Optimizing Spare Parts
Product: SPM Studio
Specifications: Gordian’s SPM Studio is a spare parts optimization tool that enables what it calls tactical spare parts planning decisions through key features such as demand forecasting, advanced inventory models and a KPI (key performance indicator) dashboard. Gordian says SPM Studio can be used to distinguish between “cheap fast-movers” and “expensive slow-movers,” simulate parts performance and formulate actions for improvement. The tool, which is being migrated to a web-based cloud format, is used by aviation clients such as Proponent and KLM Cityhopper.