Facing never-ending challenges to remain profitable amidst rising fuel costs and an unpredictable world economy, aviation is a prime example of an industry that must stay lean to survive.
That means the aviation maintenance professionals who service everything from ground equipment to aircraft must learn to do more with less on a daily basis. Here’s some of the ways to accomplish this mission:
- Improve efficiency by automating preventive maintenance schedules
Tapping into a CMMS is much more efficient than spreadsheets, paper notes, or other DIY systems when it comes to managing preventive maintenance tasks. That efficiency translates into spending less time on managing the work order process and more on “wrench time” to actually keep equipment up and running.
- Quickly identify malfunctioning machines – and what’s behind those breakdowns
Instead of searching through stacks of paper to see how often equipment is malfunctioning – and why – maintenance personnel need to quickly pinpoint trouble spots. A CMMS provides instant access to the entire work order history for a piece of equipment, making it much easier to analyze problems and make informed decisions about whether to replace or repair assets.
- Allocate labor effectively
Typically, labor gets assigned to various maintenance tasks solely on the basis of availability. Using a CMMS to prioritize critical assets, review work order histories, and match appropriate personnel to the task at hand, helps to eliminate that approach. As a result, labor is allocated more efficiently toward the assets that need it most.
- Take the guesswork out of asset analysis
Too often, the decision to purchase a major asset is based on its upfront cost or minimal maintenance requirements. Running an Asset Life Cycle Analysis on a CMMS lets maintenance managers grade equipment-specific data they need to support those decisions.
- Improve tracking of inventory to cut costs
Walking through storage areas to constantly check inventory through manual counts wastes time and money. A CMMS enables maintenance teams to scan and search parts according to location and quantity. That capability prevents potential shrinkage and theft and improves just-in-time re-ordering of parts.
Get these and other valuable lessons on thriving in lean environments by listening to Paul Lachance, president and CTO of Smartware Group, when he addresses the AVM Summit in Orlando, Florida on November 21.
His talk entitled, “Lean in MRO” will take place from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. during the Summit. Fly on over to Booth 16 for a demonstration of Bigfoot CMMS, and see how these tips translate into efficiency. To learn more and register for the conference, go to: www.avm-summit.com/usa.