As the forever-changing landscape of the aviation industry progresses at a fast pace, welcoming new technologies and processes along the way, service providers are expected to advance their product offering at a similar rate.
Unsurprisingly, airlines and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers (MROs) are expecting solutions providers to offer more integrated solutions that help them streamline their operations at the same time as accommodating the advances of the industry.
Thus having one core system such as Rusada’s ‘Envision’ platform, which collects key information and data together in a manageable way, is a highly desirable tool. And one that can help an organisation move forward, productively and cost-effectively.
Here we take a look at some of the ways Envision can help make an aviation company’s life that little bit easier.
- It manages business processes
Mountains of paper, data islands and disparate systems hinder an organisation’s decision making efficiency. An integrated system provides real-time visibility across departments and functions to streamline data visibility.
And the modules featured in Envision provides a company with the tools that it needs to record and monitor performance, to ultimately improve and develop its business model, strategy and operations. The system links the core Engineering, Technical Records, Maintenance & MRO functions to peripheral modules such as Supply Chain, Human Resources, Finance and Flight Operations.
One such benefit of an integrated system includes customers being able to fully integrate time and attendance records with shop floor data to clarify productive hours.
- It makes hard decisions so much easier
Through Envision’s vast selection of functions and flexible modules, the software is able to assist in making important maintenance decisions a lot easier (and faster!). Graphical screens and customizable dashboards in Envision’s Next-Generation interfaces assist faster decision making.
- It’s great at organising
For an airline operating a large fleet or an MRO with an extensive client list, information organisation is key. Therefore, the need to have mobile systems is an increasing requirement.
Envision allows companies to scrap paper documents and data-loaded clients and efficiently access and organise their wealth of data through mobile devices and tablets.
What’s more, its Configuration & Resource Manager module manages system utilities and resources to ensure key business data is handled consistently throughout the system.
- Unlike most, it loves numbers
It’s one thing getting a job done but ensuring all invoices are paid is another huge task for a business.
While Envision doesn’t actually process payslips, its sophisticated set-up ensures that information on accurate time and attendance, material and tools consumption, and services availed is passed onto existing / linked payroll systems.
End-to-end procurement cycles, along with Invoice Matching can also be processed within Envision’s Finance Manager module.
This module also makes it possible for users to bill directly from the system with detailed invoices that are defined by fixed price billing rules and tax codes.
And, when materials have been purchased and a customer has received their order, Envision will send a confirmation via a journal update to the client’s finance system, completing the process.
- It can carry out forecasting scenarios
Forecasting future maintenance events and carrying out preventative maintenance are two strategies that help airlines optimize their maintenance reserves.
Through complex forecasting scenarios for both actual and planned programmes, users of Envision are able to forecast their maintenance events with a greater degree of accuracy.
For example, the platform’s Fleet Manager module can help an airline achieve “true maintenance effectiveness comparison down to component and /or individual inspection forecast across the fleet”.
- With Envision, customers can benefit from better flight log entry
In addition to providing its own Flight Operations module, Envision can interface with external systems to capture flight data (ACARS) and update the Tech Log entries.
- It can send out scheduled alerts
Event-based alerts can be configured in Envision to send out information to selected users.
For example, receiving an alert ahead of a part needing replacing will help an airline reduce costs associated with AOG situations, as they can plan any repairs around scheduled visits. Given that the system can be accessed via mobile devices, it is entirely location independent.
- It manages staff training and certification effectively
With Envision, airlines can manage not only all employee information but also all their training programmes (inclusive of classes, courses and examinations), with ease. This is thanks to training information being stored against personnel in the Configuration & Resource Manager module.
Within the system, employers are also able to view their employee’s qualifications and if/when they are due to expire.
- It tracks transactions at a granular level
Rusada allows its customers to track transactions at a “granular level” by providing a system that records and retains all transactional data, such as work carried out, invoices and paid hours. It can even match analysis code design so that companies can avoid losing information.
Additionally, sales groups can be created to and applied to blocks of work to allow the SFDC to capture actual bookings, which can later override the actuals with the sales group value.
- It’s great at materials management
Airlines are freeing themselves up from the large financial investment associated with holding materials and owning spare parts pools. Thus being able to control their materials is really important, not only for financial reasons but also because of location and turnaround times.
With Envision’s Materials Manager module, which supports multi-base and multi-warehouse spares management, customers can take full advantage of a suite of tools that help manage all aspects of material and procurement management, including stock control, serial number correction, stock part number merging and registration changing.
In addition, Envision has a fully featured asset tracking system, which means components can be repaired, loaned and exchanged quite easily. As part of the system, a part number is given a designated classification when it is first set up that allows the system to automate processes, from allocation or backorder to repair or exchange, automatically.
- It can manage internal and external audits
An IT platform like Rusada’s solution provides a company with innovative management tools for scheduling, controlling and monitoring internal and external audits in order to meet aviation requirements.
- It can identify and monitor hazards
Users benefit from a quality audit system and safety assessment system as part of Envision’s ‘Quality Assurance Manager’ module. Through this function, they’re able to identify hazards at the same time as monitoring them. The system can also create risk assessments, categories them and logs mitigating actions.
- It supports the industry’s move towards paperless operations
By using Rusada’s Envision software, customers can step away from the traditional, hefty paper-based processes and transfer the vast majority of their data onto the platform, to be accessed at the touch of a button.
- Finally, it’s cost-effective
There’s no doubt that the need to control costs in the aviation industry is huge, which is something that Rusada targets and helps its customers achieve.
Certainly, every area of a business needs to be closely managed and monitored on a regular basis, in order to achieve greater cost savings.
And as discussed, an MRO platform like Envision can arm a business with everything it needs to run more cost-effectively, providing a comprehensive and up to date view of company finances, materials, maintenance processes and fleet operations.
While each of the seven modules boasts their own special capabilities, its Envision’s ability to build a flexible MRO support system for each of its customers, which is easily integrated, that really leads to substantial money savings.