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 maximize the return of a 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 Swedi
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.