Our industry uses terms such as “integrated” or “disintegrated” inventory management solutions, where an integrated inventory system is capable of tracking inventory located on-wing and off-wing simultaneously and furthermore controls where a given rotable component can be located and how it may move within the enterprise.
RAAS is one of the few aviation maintenance systems in the world designed with integrated inventory as a baseline system objective.
When using RAAS you can view rotables and assets across all locations within your enterprise simultaneously, including on-wing, on-shelf, at internal shops or at external vendor locations.
Benefits of integrated inventory management are many:
- Greatly simplified rotable and asset control, including one-click financial reporting.
- Continuity of part SN and PN history, allowing data lookups based on a historical PN or SN.
- Complete component life cycle history allowing accurate determination MTBUR and time in service.
- Complete life cycle history, including repair vs. in-service history, quickly highlights rogue parts.
- The difficult-to-attain regulatory objective of Cradle-to-Grave inventory management is achieved.
- Components cannot be installed in more than one location simultaneously.
Working with separate on-wing and off-wing inventory management systems results in double- or triple-keying of data which inevitably introduces data discrepancies. Discrepancies in regulatory/tracking data are a threat to the business given that airworthiness can be affected. Discrepancies in stock consumption data usually result in unanticipated material shortage and excess held inventory.
RAAS integrated inventory features coupled with the advantage of cradle-to-grave component history have demonstrated an actual reduction in material research overheads of over 90%, which in practical terms means materials consumption cost savings intelligence is 9x easier for RAAS users to obtain and act on.