The aviation industry is an ever-evolving and highly competitive field, requiring organizations to stay up to date on the latest technology. Software for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) has become a critical component of many MRO operations, and there’s no surprise why. These tools can help streamline virtually all processes, all while ensuring unmatched quality control to help companies stay efficient and effective.
Today, we’ll take a look at the top five benefits of using software in aviation MRO, exploring how each one can generate meaningful value for your maintenance teams.
Unlock Data-Driven Insights
The first key benefit that MRO software can unlock for aviation vendors is the ability to conduct real-time data analysis. With the increasing use of IoT technology in maintenance, remote sensors and other data-gathering technologies are able to collect vast amounts of information about the state and condition of an aircraft.
Let’s offer a quick primer on Internet of Things (IoT) technology. IoT sensors are small, connected devices that can be attached to aircraft or aircraft components to gather data on their performance and condition. This data could then be transmitted in real-time to various MRO teams who’d now be able to monitor the health of the aircraft and identify potential issues.
An IoT-Driven Example
For example, IoT sensors can be used to monitor the performance of aircraft engines, to track the usage and condition of specific components, or to monitor the temperature and pressure of various systems on the aircraft. This data can be used to generate predictive and prescriptive insights that would otherwise go unnoticed. You can perform proactive engine maintenance to add time to asset life, forecast and prevent costly breakdowns, and otherwise improve the overall efficiency of your MRO operations.
Streamline Your Scheduling
Using software to automatically schedule maintenance tasks can have a huge impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of MRO operations. Traditional manual scheduling processes are often prone to errors and can be time-consuming, which can lead to delays and disruptions in the MRO process. With software, however, scheduling can be done quickly and accurately, without the need for manual input.
Automated scheduling also allows MRO teams to prioritize tasks and allocate resources more effectively. By using data on factors such as the availability of personnel and equipment, the complexity of the task, and the impact on the aircraft’s availability, software can create a schedule that takes into account all of these factors and generates the most efficient plan possible. This can help to minimize downtime and maximize the utilization of resources, which can ultimately lead to cost savings and improved performance for the MRO operation.
Automate + Customize Reporting
As we discussed, IoT sensors have become the new norm for maintenance excellence in aviation, as they provide real-time data that can be used to improve the performance and reliability of aircraft. However, analyzing all that data manually is an impossible task – these sensors are constantly taking measurements. Unless you’re willing to perform long and time-consuming analysis, each and everyday, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to leverage all that information.
On the other hand, software tools can do it all for you! For instance, our reporting features at Epiphany enable users to build custom reporting workflows for each of their operational needs; then, our systems automate all of that tedious effort – from data collection and analysis all the way to dashboard-style presentation.
Why does this matter? Because now, MRO vendors are able to recover dozens of hours that their teams would allocate towards data entry, compilation, and so on. It also empowers each of your maintenance units to get access to information metrics that are relevant to them. Too often, traditional MRO organization’s forget about the data-oriented needs of downstream units; Epiphany’s solution changes that.
Ultimately, our solution promotes globalized data so that more teams can get actionable insight that matters to them, thereby increasing your surface area for improvement. And don’t forget: it’ll all be automated anyway.
Epiphany and our team build MRO software solutions catered to your aviation needs. The bottom line? More time for analyzing your operations, identifying trends and opportunities, and ultimately driving value through a web of more informed decision makers.