Exploiting Big Data Requires Mobility
Henry Canaday, Washington
Conventional maintenance IT systems do not analyze Big Data, but they must be prepared to support and exploit this analysis. This means maintenance IT must be mobile for two reasons. First, analysts will need data from every touchpoint, including line work. The only way to get this data without imposing additional burdens on techs is to let them enter it once, on their mobile devices.
Second, the results of Big Data analysis are often going to be quick tasking of techs, including line techs, to replace parts before they fail. Maintenance planners must be able to get tasks, instructions and other materials to techs on the line, directly and rapidly, on mobile devices.
It should come as no surprise then that maintenance IT vendors have put or are now putting a major emphasis on making their solutions mobile.
For example, Swiss-AS CEO Ronald Schaeuffele says one of his two big initiatives is a mobile module, EXEC, for maintenance execution. It is being tested now and will be offered to all customers in the first quarter of 2017. EXEC will support electronic signatures, and further mobile modules will be introduced in the next few years.
Trax already has a number of mobile apps and is adding more, says Managing Director Chris Reed. It offers an electronic technical log for cockpit crews and a cabin log for flight attendants. For line maintenance, Trax offers Quick Turn so techs can flag defects, access open defects and request parts. An Aerodox mobile app accesses manuals, illustrated part catalogues and troubleshooting guides. Now Trax is adding a mobile app for warehouse transactions and testing an RFID app to check equipment with RFID chips.
Seabury Solutions Senior VP John Barry says his Alkym software will soon get a mobile solution for maintenance execution. “This builds on kiosk technology, allowing mechanics to bring Alkym along with them,” Barry explains.
President Mark McCausland calls his Ultramain software, “mobile and paperless.” Ultramain’s ePaper tool enables the full maintenance process, from planning to scheduling, task-card dissemination and sign offs, to be digital and mobile.
Rusada’s new Envision 2017 release will be entirely web-based and device- independent, allowing users to access maintenance data on iPads, iPhones and other devices, says Product Director Gerry Croarkin.
Finally, Commsoft Releases 6 and 7 in 2017 will have many new mobile applications, according to Managing Director Nick Godwin.