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Smart MRO

Shaping the Future with Smart MRO

We are transforming our hangar into one for the future, one that combines emerging and proven technologies to digitise and automate maintenance activities for overall higher process efficiency.

Our efforts are driven through four main thrusts: Smart Digitisation, Smart Robotics, Smart (Additive) Manufacturing and Smart Analytics.

Our four key thrusts in driving Hangar of the Future for aircraft maintenance

What We Do

Smart Digitisation

Digitisation forms the backbone of our Smart MRO vision, which is why we are digitising all our existing workflow and management systems. The adoption of a paperless shop floor/hangar system, allows for maintenance tasks to be assigned, approved and monitored online, and with greater efficiency. The MRO Technician of the Future we envision is a highly-wired, or rather, “highly-wireless” employee, who uses handheld electronic gadgets for ease of recording, tracking and reference while being constantly on the move at work.

Smart Analytics

A key benefit of digitisation is in enabling meaningful data analytics, to help with internal process optimisation, as well as to help airlines optimise business operations in areas including MRO scheduling/costs and materials management. With the meaningful extraction of data, our production teams can better anticipate potential incoming defects and plan for manpower/spare provisioning when an aircraft is inducted. We have been using in-house developed dashboards to facilitate better stock control and material provisioning, which helps to lower inventory and overall MRO cost.

 

Smart Robotics

We are infusing a greater use of collaborative robots into our operations to increase manpower efficiency and improve the repeatability of work processes. This is enabled by end-to-end digitised workflow processes, and will result in improved quality and safety. In such a modernised work environment that we are building, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will help carry out visual inspections of aircraft under servicing. Automated Ground Vehicles (AGVs) and Smart Cabinet will help with the retrieval and transportation of tools and aircraft parts from the warehouse for Just-in-time and Point-of-Use operations.  

Smart Manufacturing

We view additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing (3DP) a green and environmental-friendly approach towards manufacturing, and are working closely with like-minded customers to use additive technology to fabricate aircraft parts, the process of which can be accompanied by design optimisation. Apart from being more sustainable, AM helps being about a shorter turnaround time for parts replacement as well as provide an excellent alternative solution to high-cost, low-volume spare parts. Our rich experience in engineering and certification means that we can meet the aviation authority’s stringent requirements when getting new parts approved for installation in the aircraft.