Project Announcement: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Integrating Maintenance and Sustainment Program Requirements Through an Asset’s Lifecycle – Phase II

Like many commercial companies, the Air Force (AF) logistics and engineering communities lack a standardized and integrated method of accessing Product Lifecycle Information (PLI), managing configuration control of said PLI, synchronizing changes among PLI, and sharing the PLI with downstream consumers (e.g., maintenance, planning). This results in unplanned, manual intervention of limited manpower resources on activities to create, maintain, and update product information before use.

The objective of this project is to use the AF PLM-CI as a surrogate to industry to improve maintenance and sustainment support thus reducing operational costs and for the military, increasing warfighter readiness. Specifically, weapon system early maintenance and sustainment requirements will be addressed during the DoD 5000.02. The adoption of configuration management with a strong PLM backbone can increase collaboration with industry, DoD, and their suppliers, resulting in more streamlined processes across a product’s life cycle. This paradigm shift will greatly reduce total ownership costs for industry and improve readiness for the warfighter.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dana Ellis, danae@ncms.org or (360) 782-1370 him by May 31, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).