Here we explore how Rusada’s latest offering, the ‘Check Management’ module can help airlines and MRO providers improve how they execute and manage maintenance processes.
As the industry continues to lean on digital solutions, software providers are offering the aviation business more advanced products that cater to the wide-ranging needs of airlines, which provide support across the board from crew rotas to maintenance checks.
Airlines are increasingly looking at ways to reduce costs and adopt solutions that allow them to operate in a more efficient and streamlined manner.
Thus, established IT providers like Rusada are continually innovating to stay competitive by developing their product portfolios to compliment the growing demands of the industry.
While controlling costs can be challenging, Rusada’s ‘Envision’ MRO platform gives aviation businesses a cost-effective and easy to use platform that provides a complete overview of operations, to allow them to evaluate which processes work, those that don’t and how to work more cost-effectively.
Unsurprisingly, mobile solutions like Envision help improve a company’s productiveness thanks to ease of use, round the clock accessibility and clarity of operations.
Certainly, Envision is one mobile software solution that can help a business to reduce its overheads and move forward as the industry advances towards paperless operations.
The platform is already used by customer across five continents and has helped businesses including: Atitech, Gama Aviation, Marshall Aerospace, Fokker Aviation Services, Air Seychelles and Abu Dhabi aviation operate more efficiently.
For example, MRO provider, GAMA Aviation, uses the system to manage all aspects of their MRO business from planning checks and materials requirements to invoicing customers.
Similarly, Fokker Aerospace Services has adopted Envision to manage all of its aircraft and component MRO activities.
Offering something new
Rusada continually strives to offer the market more cost-effective solutions that help to improve how a business operates, by streamlining processes and storing key data in one easily accessible platform.
In addition to the seven comprehensive modules that are already offered by Envision, Rusada will soon release its ‘Check Management’ module to the market, which has been designed to help aviation organisations improve the way they manage and carry out maintenance checks.
Through the Check Management module, customers can manage hangar/bay capacity, see which jobs are in progress or soon to come in, manage materials (and costs!) and view any alerts attached to any jobs.
The module also allows an end-user to create new check packs for internal and third party customers, generate quotes, schedule checks, import check templates and create a check project plan, utilise a supervisor portal for assigning employees to specific tasks, process customer invoices and see which parts, tools and resources are required for individual checks.
By providing customers with a module that can pull together all the key information needed by engineers during time- and cost-sensitive maintenance checks, Rusada is able to deliver notable cost savings to airlines and third party MRO providers.
Planning and managing maintenance effectively
The Check Management module boasts a planning board that allows a company to manage MRO processes and plan maintenance events. And via the initial planning board, the module gives customers a clear view of any aircraft that are parked in a hanger or soon to enter a bay for a maintenance check.
And through colour coding, an end-user can see which stage of a check any aircraft is currently at. For example, different user defined colours can represent checks that are ‘in progress’, ‘contracted but not started’ and ‘quoted’.
What’s more, red indicators can flag if there are any alerts aligned to a check, so the planner can take the necessary action. Plus, they’re able to move a check pack to a different hangar or bay simply by ‘picking up’ a check and moving it.
Thanks to this advanced planning board, a company can benefit from knowing exactly what work is being carried out and where and which engineer/staff are assigned to any given task, while being given up to date information on available capacity in the hangar.
For example, through the capacity dashboard within the Check Management module, a user can search the system to see which capacity is available or required by date, to view information on the available in-house and sub-contract capacity.
Of course, being aware of things such as maintenance alerts, Airworthiness Directives (AD), unapproved parts notifications or any other issues associated to an aircraft or a component is highly important.
Hence the Check Management module displays all alerts that are attached to a part once a user has selected a check. Then, if any alerts exist for tools, services or resources it would be made clear.
Making information more easily accessible for engineers
In addition to having a ‘Supervisor Portal’, which allows supervisors to manage staff and resources via a tablet or smartphone, the Check Management module is also home to an ‘Engineer Portal’ that allows an engineer to view all tasks that have been assigned to them, allowing them to perform various functions from a hand held device.
In addition to seeing all work cards that have been assigned to them, engineers can access OEM data and additional information, such as part numbers, quantity, status and expected delivery date.
The system also shows the status of all tools and services and can display documents that are associated with any given task card.
Once an engineer has clocked onto a task, they can carry out a range of additional functions, including: recording rectification text, recording hand over notes, raising an additional non-routine card and requesting parts, tools or services.
How the ‘Check Management’ module fits into existing business structures
As mentioned before, all of Envision’s modules are built to be easy to use and easily integrated within existing business set ups, and the new Check Management module is no different.
Not only can a business create its own check packs, view available maintenance capacity, generate quotes, and search for parts or tools with Envision’s latest module, but it can also carry out a simple search on specific work orders to view additional information.
While the work order list includes customer details, work order status and serial numbers, the additional tabs within the system’s ‘Work Order Enquiry’ deliver further information, to provide a clear overview of things associated with the check pack including: tasks, the sales groups (fixed price and T & M), all quotations and invoices and a range of status details.
Plus, the new Check Management module can also work in unison with the seven other modules within Envision. For example, the Resource Management module manages all aspects of the company resources and feeds directly into the Component and Check Management module to control a range of basic employee information such as contact details, HR information, associated shifts and supervisor contacts.
In addition, Rusada’s newest module can be linked to Envision’s ‘Materials Manager’ module that provides a business with the tools it needs to manage all aspects of material and purchase management. For example, tooling and calibration lives of tools are fully managed with the Materials Manager module and when linked with the ‘Check Management’ module, tooling requirements for tasks can be generated for the respective work orders.
Tooling can then be reserved for the tasks and potential conflicts or shortages due to tools being unavailable can be resolved.
If you’d like to find out more about the ‘Check Management’ module, register for Rusada’s webinar on ‘Maximising the Bottom Line for Maintenance Execution in an Increasingly Competitive Operating Environment’, hosted by Aviation Week on Thursday 14th April. Click here to sign up.