MRO solutions implement preventative measures to ensure safety and quality.
FREMONT, CA: Aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) may recover to pre-pandemic levels by 2024. It is forecasted to grow at 2.8 percent CAGR by 2030 and can reach USD 118 billion.
Digital technologies can help MRO’s key metrics of quality assurance, cost control, and turnaround in aircraft maintenance management. The technological application needs to upgrade to keep up with industry demands.
The MRO industry plays a key role in sustainability through advanced technologies for end-of-life management of critical parts.
MRO players are utilizing emerging technologies to address cost, time, safety, and quality concerns.
Induction planning: Induction planning involves laying detailed steps allocated to different personnel when an aircraft or an engine arrives for repair. Action is planned and allocative after the quality check is performed based on the aircraft's flight history. MRO seeks to smoothen rifts if there is a lack of integration between equipment, inventory levels, and technicians.
Disassembly: Disassembly, line and base maintenance, and final assembly take significant time. MRO ensures that technicians carry out the recommended processes while following airworthiness guidelines. Technicians follow approved manuals from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) while utilizing specific MRO guidelines and instructions.
Managing nonconformities: MRO technicians can collaborate with engineering teams and other technologies to resolve issues. MRO members deal with defects, such as minor wear and tear and cracks. Identifying the defect, classification, and containment determines overall turnaround time. Technicians rely on computer vision with image analytics to perform these tasks accurately, eliminating human error.
Quality checks: Quality checks before delivering on the finished maintenance measures changes made to match the guidelines. MRO involves computer vision technology that compares images of repaired components to that of an ideal one. Drones can measure difficult-to-find defects by surveying aircraft.
Simulating complex situations: As a part of the maintenance process, technicians run simulations of various scenarios an aircraft can face. This helps MRO teams to plan and take preventative measures before they can happen. Digital twins assist technicians in analyzing the impact of safety measures before their actual implementation.