Lean times warrant more cost effective solutions. Over the past few years government and private agencies groping with the looming budget cuts have begun charting plans to align spending with the reduced funding. These cost-cutting measures are impacting government and private businesses in the form of scale-backs on the number of new contracts, program stretch-outs, and cuts in funding levels available for procurement of new equipment.
The fact that funding vehicles being restructured and re-purposed towards maximizing the utilization of current capabilities has led the industry to put increased focus on extending the life of their current equipment. Several defense journals and newsweeklies cite the increased impetus on maintenance and sustainment of existing fleet. Aviation Week article (dt. Sept 25, 2012) cites the U.S. Air Force as “… pushing to more than double the life of its stalwart F-15 Eagles…” and “…delay fleet retirements…” while Defense News (dt. Aug 31, 2012) mentions the same military arm is planning F-16′s modifications to “…extend the life and upgrade more than 300 jets in the coming years…”. Stripes (dt. Apr 26, 2012) talks about Congressional momentum to “…extend the service life of the Navy’s nuclear ballistic missile submarines…”. Defense News (dt. May 31, 2011) also says this about US Navy and service lives of ships “…Revised U.S. Fleet Plan Extends Some Ships…”.
This has intensified the spotlight on MRO operations. Over the recent years the MRO markets have scaled up and the MRO landscape continues to expand ever so rapidly.
The development of IT in the MRO sector has evolved into a vital part of fleet operations. Many operators have begun updating/upgrading their IT infrastructure software, into a more capable and powerful tool for managing maintenance costs. Current proposed solutions include “…software upgrade that is focused on the health management…” (Aviation Week, dt. Nov 5, 2012) and “…integrating (more storage-capable) software into existing hardware on newer airplanes…” (Defense News, dt. Dec 31, 2012).
QSI has long been a provider of niche software solution which is a perfect fit for MRO IT infrastructure. QSI’s software interfaces are designed to work with existing legacy architecture, and at the same time can be integrated within enterprise systems. For the past two decades the TEAMS Tool-set has been an integral part of industry forecasting, maintenance-planning and scheduling processes thereby improving fleet reliability. QSI provides a suite of reliability-centered maintenance management products designed to eliminate mechanic research time, minimize excess inventory on hand, and increase service levels.
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