Technology Advancement Impacting the MRO Industry

New MRO technologies hold the potential to fundamentally alter the way the sector functions, potentially causing a transition from the human touch to human-led by new hardware and software developments

FREMONT, CA: The MRO industry, which is still excessively reliant on human labor and has adopted technology about ten years more slowly than sectors like the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, may be changing. New MRO technologies hold the potential to fundamentally alter the way the sector functions, potentially causing a transition from the human touch to human-led. The door to automation has been opened by new hardware and software developments. Robots won't replace aircraft mechanics, but they'll play a big part in helping them. For aircraft operators, this may result in lower MRO expenses.

Deployment of Drones

Drones are another popular topic and a future MRO technology to look for. In the current scenario, drones are being employed for applications like remote plane inspection and are frequently discussed in the same breath as robots. For example, the Remote Automated Plane Inspection and Dissemination (RAPID) system, an autonomous drone, is used by Thomas Cook Airlines and EasyJet to examine the exterior of aircraft. Drones are considered a useful tool, but there is still a great deal of industry skepticism over additional applications, which face similar friction to robotics in general. But the skepticism, it's generally acknowledged in the field that development looks inevitable.

Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, & Machine Learning

Data analytics, which also leads to advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, is a major topic in MRO. The robotics transforming MRO is more exciting, it would probably be more realistic to argue that machine learning and artificial intelligence are advancing data collection, analysis, and implantation (AI). MROs solve the aforementioned robotics problem, which is that they can handle varied tasks more easily. Machine learning innovations are enabling this by teaching machines to recognize patterns in large amounts of data, thereby transforming variables into predictable ones.

Intelligent Machines

Common tools made smarter by the addition of a Wi-Fi connection are an example of intelligent machines. An illustration of this may be the Wi-Fi-connected torque wrench, which, when combined with the smart glasses, can guide mechanics on how much torque to apply. But when machine learning and cutting-edge robotics are integrated, intelligent robots truly start to become intriguing. These intelligent machines, along with additional sensors and wireless connections, have the potential to enable human-robot collaboration by enabling robots to comply with verbal or visual orders.

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