Thursday, December 11, 2008
IFS strengthens its maintenance suite with constraint-based scheduling for defense
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has enhanced its maintenance suite with constraint-based scheduling for repair shops targeting the aerospace and defense industry.
Managing planning in large maintenance shops is a challenge for both fleet operators and service providers within the aerospace & defense industry. The Constraint Based Scheduling tool for Work Orders is designed to effectively plan, release and execute work on the shop floor. Releasing the work in synchronization with all other tasks, having the correct tools in place, releasing work only when spare parts are accessible and ensuring that the necessary skills are available as needed are just some of the challenges planners deal with on a daily basis.
The suite allows companies to monitor continuously the effects of changes to the predicted date of releasing a unit back to service. Unlike in the manufacturing industry, maintenance shop operations have high variability, as new work packages are often added and changed. The
decision-making process is greatly improved by having a simulation tool that advises on whether extra work can be accommodated without jeopardizing the delivery date.
The tool can also aid in the Lean MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) programs that many organizations are undergoing. Often such initiatives are “point initiatives”, achieving optimization in one area of operation. With IFS’ maintenance planning tool, the entire value stream is in focus to achieve the highest possible throughput and identify the bottlenecks.
“Currently, many defense organizations are outsourcing maintenance and modification programs to the industry on availability and capability contracts. The industry has a lot to gain by improving the turnaround times by introducing more sophisticated planning,” said Alastair Sorbie, CEO at IFS. This focused product development is aimed at supporting one of our global strategies targeted on the Performance Based Logistics (PBL) market, typically where we supply logistics solutions where payments for repairs and services are dependent on how well the repair shops perform in terms of waiting times” Sorbie concluded.
IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a fully-integrated, component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. The company has more than 2,000 customers in 54 countries and focuses on seven main industries: aerospace & defense, utilities & telecom, manufacturing, process industries, automotive, retail & wholesale distribution, and construction contracting & service management. IFS has 2,600 employees and net revenue in 2007 was SKr 2.4 billion.