Integrated systems are pivotal to support Aircraft Maintenance management processes and optimize the efficiency of companies evolving in this industry sector. This article explains 5 key advantages for companies which take steps towards the implementation of such integrated solution.
1. Unified and Intelligible Information
The key benefit of an integrated system is the information unification allowing the organization to find a true cooperation: all the actors operate daily with a common language, methods, and tools. For that aspect, the information system can be perceived as a way to ensure a better cohesion within the organization by the means of a stronger and seamlessly integrated flow of information.
2. Centralized and Accessible Information
Information becomes visible and accessible to every stakeholder at all times. This convenient availability will provide the management with a centralized control over the company. Indeed, the decision-making process becomes facilitated as it is now impossible to modify the information for the individual interest of a function. In that manner, a fully integrated information system respects the principle according to which the interest of organization is not equal to the sum of interests of individuals which makes it up.
3. Efficient Ownership
Solution training is also facilitated due to the fact that all internal processes are managed according to the same logic and same ergonomics. On the contrary, there is an important risk of efficiency loss in the use of a non-integrated solution as the GUI (Graphical User Interface) would be different for every domain.
4. Seamless IT Management
IT support management is simplified and eased as there is only one focal point for every domain: the integrated solution provider. It simplifies management efforts to make the information system homogeneous and decreases overall IT management costs.
5. Assured Traceability
On a more specific axis on the aeronautical maintenance industry, there is a major interest to invest in an integrated system and thus a unique database: traceability. Example: Company ‘’X’’, which possesses a system ‘’A’’ for the stock management and a system ‘’B’’ to manage the configuration of its Aircraft. We have two different data referential to record the same information: those relative to a Part Number. The risk incurred to duplicate information is extremely high; the information could be altered or corrupt when operates between both worlds (Maintenance / Logistics). Then how to be certain that the part reference removed from the Aircraft is the same that the one sent into quarantine and then sent to repair? Of course, additional control files are created and overall costs increase without reducing the risk of information’s inaccuracies and discrepancies. An integrated system, due to its unique datum, answers de facto this airworthiness requirement of the aeronautical industry.
AMS fully integrated solution
Aircraft Maintenance Systems provides a complete suite that can answer all the points mentioned above. AMS’ two core software modules: Aircraft Maintenance Manager and Inventory Manager especially fulfilled those industry requirements. The first allows the management of the maintenance activities (definition, planning, execution, certification) while the other will support the supply chain. It is also important to note that both modules are integrated and share the same unique data repository!
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Author: Cédric Manuel-de-Condinguy, Product Manager at Aircraft Maintenance Systems RD Inc.