Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Aircraft Maintenance & Sustainment Support for FRC Southeast – Phase IV

NCMS Project #: 140849

Problem: One of the FRC’s most significant issues is the management of aircraft engineering data. This data consists of 3D CAD data, 2D drawings, and associated information received from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The data is received piece-meal and the current processes used were developed to support the management of drawings and are not capable of managing this variety and quantity of data. Because of this, significant time is spent manually mining data by a dedicated group of logisticians and engineers. Using the capabilities within Teamcenter, this data can be placed under full configuration control and will allow anyone to perform searches on and within the data.

Benefit: Upon completion of the project the 3 FRC locations will share a common PLM backbone with similar functionality, tailored to their unique organizational configuration. The common backbone will enable the FRCs to share data, resources and manufacturing capabilities in an efficient configuration managed environment through the lifecycle of their products.

Solution/Approach: The project approach will continue to build on the substantial work accomplished through the earlier NCMS PLM projects at NAVAIR Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs). The solution will provide a centralized data management system for locations to improve the control of product configuration by enabling all stakeholders to have real-time, on-demand access to the same configuration, product history, and other service-related data. The integration of these systems shall ensure that changes to the parts, systems and their associative data are also updated and accessible to the service lifecycle support participants.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increased operational readiness
  • Reduce spares and consumables
  • Leverage the design re-use capabilities
  • Reduced costs

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy (FRC Southeast)
  • U.S. Navy (FRC Southwest)
  • U.S. Navy (FRC East)

Industry Participation:

  • Siemens
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Business processes/partnerships