Original Date: 12/06/2004
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Parts Tracker
The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command Integrated Materiel Management Center developed an on-line Parts Tracker that tracks spare parts used on aircraft being refitted at Corpus Christi Army Depot. The implementation of this tool decreased schedule slippages in the refit of helicopters, increased the accuracy of reports, and reduced 575 man-hours per month.
Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) overhauls, repairs, and refurbishes military helicopters for the U.S. Army and other military agencies. Approximately 80% of the spare parts needed for these efforts are procured/provided by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). CCAD was faced with schedule slippages and the unavailability of the correct type and quantity of spare parts needed for their repair/refurbishment efforts. At the time, the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM) Integrated Materiel Management Center (IMMC) tracked the parts using Excel spreadsheets; however, there were configuration problems as to which Excel document had the most up-to-date information.
To resolve these problems, IMMC created an on-line Parts Tracker tool on the WebDesk portal that enabled them to gather data from DLA, Skikorski, the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM), and CCAD. This tool enables IMMC to find and track parts as they are needed and specify for which helicopter the spare parts are to be used. This reduced cannibalization of aircraft for parts and decreased schedule slippages experienced by CCAD. Currently, CCAD refits approximately 70 helicopters annually. Parts are presently being tracked for the Pave Hawk, Black Hawk, CH47, and Apache helicopters.
In addition to tracking parts, the on-line Parts Tracker tool also provides reports that furnish metrics on items such as the number of pending parts (or parts that have been shipped but have not arrived at the location). IMMC’s Parts Tracker tool has reduced the time it takes to update data and increased accountability. It is estimated that approximately 575 man-hours per month have been saved by using IMMC’s Parts Tracker tool.
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