Many MROs wants to go more paperless and mobile these days, and software vendors are upgrading their products to advance these goals. Now an MRO has come up with its own digital system to help its customers.
Trenchard Aviation Group both offers and repairs a comprehensive list of new and reconditioned equipment for aircraft cabins manufactured by all major galley and interior equipment OEMs. It has just launched a digital platform for on-wing maintenance of cabin equipment that will enable both mobile and paperless MRO for hundreds of cabin components.
The new Atlas On-Wing software runs on Samsung Galaxies and includes functions such as paperless job generation for engineers, central control of tasks, detailed reporting, part requests, job initiation, task completion and control of digital maintenance documents.
“We were looking for a more efficient ways of producing work packages, allocating them to mechanic teams and live monitoring what is going on,” explains Trenchard Operations Director Lee Butterfield. Another aim was to get digitized component and aircraft manuals to mechanics on wing, not just in shops.
“The mechanic checks in, synchs to the network and sees the work flow for the day, which tasks, which aircraft and how long he has,” Butterfield explains. “There is a dashboard for supervisors to monitor progress.” Part orders are also handled digitally, from mechanic to supervisor to procurement.
The new tool now supports hundreds of cabin products at Virgin Atlantic, and the Trenchard director says it can be extended to other products and other airlines. All approved maintenance data is uploaded, including the latest revisions, and task cards are pre-authored. Mechanics’ tablets will also have access to historical data, such as defects and fixes on individual seats.
Atlas is now used for cabin parts, but Butterfield says there is no reason it cannot be extended to airframe and engine maintenance. It is not a planning system, he emphasizes, just a tool for very efficient execution of well-planned checks. Implementation for a carrier similar to Virgin’s cabin-check functions would take about three months. The application does not replace, but interfaces with other maintenance management or ERP systems.