Modeling Repair Activities

NCMS Project #: 142176

Problem: Repair activities across both the commercial airline industry and the Department of Defense (DOD) are plagued by numerous challenges that hamper an organization’s ability to repair aircraft, engines, components, and support equipment at a rate that meets fleet demand.  These challenges include inadequate forecasting methodologies, non-standard work practices, undefined or misunderstood capacity constraints, and the inability to quickly identify alternate sources for repair parts.

Benefit: Improving asset maintenance and sustainment by creating an integrated data environment that increases repair throughput and efficiencies will result in improvement in repair capabilities for the DOD and will serve as a roadmap for commercial aircraft, ship, vehicle, medical, and construction industry organizations.

Solution/Approach: The project will demonstrate the methodology to perform a complete assessment of a current organic repair capability and evaluate what future requirements are needed.  Using the Air Force HH60W as a surrogate, a gap analysis will identify organic repair capabilities that are capable of mitigating the issues referenced previously and will result in a more efficient and cost-effective maintenance system that will increase an aircraft fleet’s Time on Wing (TOW), in lieu of in maintenance hangars awaiting parts and/or repairs.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce aircraft down time 
  • Increase speed and accuracy of decision-making 
  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Enhance mission planning and success 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Air Force 
  • Defense Logistics Agency 

Industry Participation:

  • Andromeda Systems Incorporated (ASI) 
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Business IT and analytics