Last week (May 19), Rusada hosted its ‘Envision Aviation MRO/M&E Software Demonstration Webinar‘, to showcase how customers of the advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) IT platform can improve their maintenance processes to improve operational efficiency.
It demonstrated how users can get Airworthiness Directives (ADs) loaded directly onto the system from the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) website, determine applicability, perform a cost analysis, release the associated engineering order and track the activity of ADs/Service Bulletins (SBs) across fleets, all within a digital environment.
For those who missed it, we will now explore how businesses can make the most of Envision’s integrated functions to improve operational efficiency.
The webinar also discussed how users could optimise fleet management and capacity with Envision, while looking at how mobile devices are used to enable engineers to operate more efficiently within a paperless environment. To find out more about capacity management, click here.
How MRO providers can use Envision to track, load and manage ADs
Envision can be configured to exchange data with any partner system that an organisation might have. In addition to working with legacy systems and other internal platforms, it can also be integrated with EASA’s AD publishing tool, to pull in applicable ADs into existing programmes.
A scheduling function within Envision can trigger the system to manually read EASA’s data at specific times, to check for relevant updates on the agency’s website, and then transfer this data onto the MRO platform.
This function allows airlines and MROs to pull in any AD updates into the library management function within Envision, enabling customers to better manage documentation, such as aircraft maintenance manuals, ADs/SBs, modifications and a wide range of directives, all in one place.
In addition, updates to the system are set to a default status to help differentiate between existing records – and these can be colour coded to provide further clarity.
When a user selects a new AD record, they can view more in-depth information including AD descriptions, existing revisions and documentation attached to the AD, which can then be downloaded as a soft copy, if required.
Subsequently, ADs can be modified, edited and distributed to the relevant engineering teams – any individuals or groups of employees that need to review or be notified about an update or work order would receive this via email.
Similarly to ADs, workflows within the system can also send trigger email alerts to copyholders, asking them to follow up/carry out specific tasks.
On receiving an alert and subsequent documentation, copyholders are able to view the aircraft and part information that has been downloaded to the ADs and make any necessary amendments.
The serial number range applicability from within the fleet, managed by an MRO or third-party organisation, can be generated and then the system will display a list of aircraft or parts that match the engineer’s requirements and requests can be sent.
How MROs can plan SB tasks effectively with Envision
The details of an SB task can be recorded by the user, such as required man hours and/or tools, and because Envision is an integrated solution it allows the demand from the SB to be run through the ‘SB Cost Analysis’ function to produce a forecast, detailing service cost, labour cost, material costs and which inventory or staff are available.
Once a record has been set and assessed against an aircraft, an end-user can review the record in the fleet enquiry screen.
It’s here that a user can bring up the registration for the assessment that was just carried out and view any ADs/SBs that are attached to the aircraft details in the system. At this point, the user will also be able to see whether an SB was triggered as a result of an AD.
The SB tasks can now be planned, either by being pulled into an open work order or by being added to a new work order, which can be easily created. Once within a work order, existing tasks can be pulled in and defects can be logged.
Another valuable, timesaving feature of Envision is the simplicity of the fields/interfaces that either offer pre-set choices or only ask an engineer to input a basic level of information.
If we use the example of adding a defect to the system, an engineer is only required to enter the following information: defect type/description, category of the defect and the ATA chapter.
Defects can be left open for review, closed or deferred, however when deferring a defect, an engineer must input a reason as to why it has been deferred (these can also be pre-set).
While some engineers may not have the authority to approve a defect, the record can be sent to a member of staff who can sign it off. Authorised users can view all referrals so they can approve or refuse defect orders.
If a defect is approved, Envision will make it visible to the workforce, via the home screen and to do lists; engineers are then able to check the list of work orders that are in progress and available capacity, via the planning board.
In addition, engineers can sort and view records by work order dates, but if a work order task is attached to a forecast and a user enters a due date later that the date outlined in the forecast a soft alert will be issued.
At this stage the list of materials needed for a work order can be preloaded so that alerts can be sent, allowing employees to manage logistics and assess which parts, tools and services are required to execute the check.
Now a planned work order will appear in Envison’s ‘Planning Board’ for further review and a user is able to see what percentage of the order has been completed, as well as any constraints that might be attached to a task, such as manpower or material shortages.
Additionally, through this function, a planner can reserve parts manually or automatically against a work order.
Users are also able to explore more detailed information and assess work stages and/or analyse the critical path of a work order.
Through Envision, companies are not only able to assess parts shortages but they can also view any manpower shortages. And, the capacity planning function that’s available on the platform enables a user to balance demand versus supply.
To find out more about how Envision can help with capacity management, click here.