According to Technological Capability of Brazilian Aircraft Maintenance, a report presented at the POMS 23rd Annual Conference in April 2011, air traffic demand in Brazil has grown at an annual rate of over 10 percent over the last decade. As demand increases, the air transport industry must expand to accommodate it. However, in order to expand the air transport industry in Brazil, the aircraft maintenance sector must also be equipped with appropriate capabilities to support the expansion. One of the most important, but often overlooked, components involves preventative maintenance software.
Preventative maintenance software, or CMMS (computerized maintenance management software), helps large maintenance providers keep track of equipment, service schedules, inventory, and much more. With the right CMMS and management processes in place, aircraft maintenance functions contribute to the performance, quality, and profitability of the organization. Preventative maintenance software helps maintenance teams extend product lifecycles, improve equipment availability, and keep equipment, machinery, and aircraft in good condition.
CMMS helps maintenance organizations to schedule, monitor, perform, and document:
Preventative maintenance – This involves replacing components before they fail according to a schedule or after an inspection. For example, a component's manufacturer may have a specific maintenance schedule dictating when that component should be replaced such as after a certain period of time has elapsed or a certain number of flight hours have been logged.
Predictive maintenance – This involves continually monitoring components and systems and then responding when indicators point to potential failures. By monitoring the operational limits of a component of system, preventative maintenance software can alert maintenance managers when a threshold has been breached.
Corrective maintenance – This involves correcting a problem once it has been discovered and diagnosed. For example, if a technician has discovered an engine failure and determined its cause, that cause can be corrected.
As you can imagine, a single aircraft can have hundreds of thousands of components to monitor and manage. Extending the life of components and ensuring the safety and reliability of the fleet are essential both to the airline's profitability and public safety. Not only must aircraft be proactively maintained, supportive equipment such as fuel trucks, forklifts, shuttle busses, lifts, and more also represent significant investments. Facilities must also be managed and maintained.
To further complicate air transport maintenance in Brazil, each of these maintenance tasks is highly specialized. Repair stations and technicians have their own unique set of skills and certifications. If a rotor fails, you'll need a technician with the appropriate skills and credentials to perform the work. With CMMS, it becomes much easier to schedule work with the most appropriate technician. Computerized work order systems take into account the job type and suggest the most appropriate repair station or technician based on the nature of the job. At the same time, CMMS creates a list of needed parts and supplies and alerts you to inventory issues.
Preventative maintenance software is essential in minimizing downtime and improving productivity, reliability, profitability, and safety. It can be used for preventative, predictive, and corrective maintenance, scheduling work, and asset management.
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