Advanced Analytical Tools and Processes for Proactive Maintenance of Maintenance Support Devices and Electronics

NCMS Project #: 142051

Problem: When it comes to obsolescence management of maintenance support devices and the embedded electronics in emerging Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), it is imperative to plan, monitor, forecast and understand where there are risks and how to mitigate them in an efficient and cost effective way.  The threat of supply chain erosion, original equipment manufacturer’s End of Life (EOL) notices, and new technologies are real and never ending.  Obsolescence management must be anticipated.

Benefit: By having a process to assess the cost effectiveness, functionality, productivity and sustainability of equipment, it can be used to proactively create an obsolescence management plan that can help commercial industries mitigate these issues prior to their need.  Organizations can plan ahead and avoid costly last-minute issues that will affect their operations and revenue stream.  

Solution/Approach: The intent of this initiative is to leverage commercial technologies to develop, pilot, and evaluate a common set of analytical tools and processes that can better forecast supply chain, obsolescence, and emerging technology challenges, using an Army maintenance support device critical to testing LRUs associated with the Abrams and Bradley Fighting Vehicle as a surrogate.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Better forecasting 
  • Mitigate impact of obsolescence 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Upgrade and increase operational tools and processes 
  • Maximize warfighter readiness and lethality 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • Leonardo DRS
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Enhanced inspection