Magnetic MRO is aiming to become fully paperless with its latest technology adoptions. The Estonian aftermarket specialist has begun digitalizing paper-based aircraft maintenance work orders that will now be signed via biometric e-signature.
“The new system eliminates an unnecessary and time-consuming process of delivering work orders from the engineering department to maintenance shops and vice versa,” says Sergei Shkolnik, base maintenance director for Magnetic MRO. “Our clients will also benefit from the system, since all aircraft-related documents will now be available even faster.”
The system, which has already been approved by Estonian Civil Aviation Administration, entails replacing manual signatures with fingerprint signatures on the thousands of work and task cards Magnetic MRO generates. Mechanics or other certifying staff simply sign off on digital documents by sliding their finger over a fingerprint scanner, which allows immediate sharing with teams or customers.
According to Jan Kotka, COO of Magnetic MRO, the tool was created in less than a year by the company’s IT department and testing has been successful. Kotka says customers have been providing positive feedback since they are now able to receive documentation related to C checks or line maintenance much faster than was previously possible.
In a related project to maximize work efficiency, Magnetic MRO launched an RFID-based Tool Control System earlier this year to automate inventory transactions. The system allows employees to assign relevant tools to respective task cards, which Magnetic MRO says improves preparation and optimizes operational safety and control. According to the company, the technology has enabled full quality control for calibration servicing and testing, convenience in issuing tools and equipment, and easy return options.
“If you want to deliver maximum added value for your customers you must deliver efficiency,” says Kotka. “After all, nothing pleases aircraft owners and operators more than on time and on budget aircraft maintenance.”