Thursday, June 09, 2011

IFS delivers advanced maintenance solution to Saab

The new IFS Heavy Maintenance industry solution has been implemented within Saab, the global military defense and security company, to help maximizing the return on the SEK 900 million, Performance-based Logistics (PBL) contract awarded by the Swedish Armed Forces. The solution is designed to support all aspects of PBL contracts, within all areas of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concept.

In 2008, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) outsourced all activities pertaining to service, maintenance, and availability of the entire fleet of SK60 trainer aircrafts. Under the PBL contract, Saab is committed to ensure the readiness of the aircraft fleet and to organize maintenance and repair processes accordingly.

IFS Heavy Maintenance is designed to help system integrators, aerospace manufacturing companies and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul service providers comply with strict regulations pertaining to the equipment’s availability.

“As our work is always time-sensitive, we require a system that can deliver consistent accuracy throughout the entire maintenance and repair cycle. We have worked in close collaboration with IFS during the core development of the solution and believe we have arrived at a system that can support us in keeping track of all repairs so that maintenance can be completed accurately and on time,” says Leif Karlsson, Head of Operations Development at Saab’s business area Support and Services.

The development of the IFS Heavy Maintenance is the result of an early adopter program whereby IFS and Saab have worked in close cooperation, benefiting from the other’s knowledge and experience. The program is part and parcel of IFS’s agile product development methodology, where iteration-based implementations are aggregated into an end product which is based on industry excellence.

“We are pleased to announce the successful implementation of IFS Heavy Maintenance. Building on the experience found within Saab and IFS, we are convinced that our joint efforts have resulted in an industry solution that will maximize the efficiency in any PBL venture,” says Glenn Arnesen, CEO, IFS Scandinavia.

Aerospace and defense is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS Applications™ provides market leading off-the-shelf component based solutions that support Performance Based Logistics (PBL), Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), and Fleet Operator programs; and solutions for Defense Manufacturing, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Asset & Fleet Management, Supply Chain Management and Product Lifecycle Management.

Customers include the United States Army and Air Force Materiel Commands, British Navy and Army and the Norwegian Navy and Air Force; as well as the Eurofighter consortium—commercial MRO shops and service operators include Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, K&L Microwave, Hawker Pacific, Ensign Bickford, Todd Pacific Shipyards and Lufthansa Technik Qantas (LTQ, formerly known as Jet Turbine Systems). In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, SAAB, and GE Aircraft Engines.

About Saab

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. The company has around 12,500 employees world-wide and and annual sales amount of around Skr 25 billion.

For more information about Saab, please visit: www.saabgroup.com

About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on agile businesses where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2010 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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