Manufacturing Management System for Aircraft Maintenance, Sustainment and Support

NCMS Project #: 140871

Problem: Most companies have plenty of data in their internal databases, but extracting the right information and translating it into actionable intelligence, is another matter altogether. The adoption of configuration management with a strong PLM backbone can increase collaboration throughout American industry and their suppliers, resulting in more streamlined processes across a product’s lifecycle.

Benefit: Results derived from this project will allow manufacturing, maintenance and sustainment industries to directly observe how they can produce a higher quality consumer product that delivers more value for the general public in coping with the increasing complexity and engineering challenges of developing new products for the global competitive markets.

Solution/Approach: Utilizing the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East as a surrogate for American manufacturing companies, the overall project objective will be to build on the substantial work accomplished through the earlier NCMS/CTMA projects. The common PLM backbone will enable the FRCs to share data, resources and manufacturing capabilities in an efficient configuration-managed environment through the lifecycle of their products. As the growing complexity and variation of markets is forcing manufacturers to rethink their source-make-deliver processes, results derived from this project will help mitigate many of the issues manufacturers face in today’s global economy.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduced maintenance burden
  • Increased readiness
  • Improved data exchange for information between operational, logistics maintenance and sustainment communities to further improvements in decision support, lifecycle management and resource management

DoD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy (FRC East)

Industry Participation:

  • Siemens
  • Hylasoft
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turnaround time
  • Mx avoidance & reliability
  • Mx management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Enhanced inspection