Using EmpowerMX’s Shop Manager To Improve Your Work Process Flows

MRO is an incredibly complex industry. It can be defined as any action that maintains an item or restores it to a state in which it can perform its required function. When it comes to aircraft MRO, this action could be everything from technical to administrative, managerial, and supervisory. And because many different departments are involved in the entire chain, MRO processes are hard to manage, and more companies are turning to powerful technologies to improve their work process flows.

Materials At The Ready With EmpowerMX

EmpowerMX’s Shop Manager is designed to significantly improve the efficiency of airline back shops and independent component repair facilities. It streamlines both routine and non-routine tasks, addressing factors that cause a chain reaction of delays across the entire workflow.

One of the aspects that often causes unnecessary delays is the availability of aircraft components. Procuring materials takes time and, in most cases, it is inefficient to put in orders only when you need them. This wastes hours or even days that could have been spent performing the needed repairs on an aircraft. To address this, one of the functions of Shop Manager is to make sure you have all the right parts available at the right time.

It facilitates the scheduling of your orders as well as manages:

  • Receiving
  • Cleaning
  • Inspection
  • Disassembly
  • Material Request
  • Repair/Replacement
  • Reassembly
  • Return

The module also keeps track of the amount of time it takes for components in each step to generate the required airworthiness certifications.

Ditching the Hassle of Paper

The tendency towards paper-based processes is another factor that hampers MRO operations. EmpowerMX’s Shop Manager would digitize these tasks, increasing efficiency and reducing waste. One clear benefit of this is that repair orders, task cards, and logbooks would be much easier to share with other departments or to route for signatures. Flagging issues can be done at the touch of a button, and important messages can be sent instantaneously. Through this, there’s better communication and faster turnaround times of tasks and repair jobs.

It’s not just a matter of shop efficiency, either. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the aviation industry to undergo drastic changes, and it’s widely seen as a catalyst that would push MROs to go paperless faster. The so-called “new normal” wouldn’t just refer to companies’ adoption of stricter health protocols, but also the adoption of more sophisticated work process flows. The goal for the entire MRO industry is to eventually be completely independent of paper using advanced software.

Here are some other key aspects of EmpowerMX’s software:

  • Asset Management
  • Customer Management
  • Contract Management
  • Repair Orders
  • Templates and Standards
  • Capability Management
  • BOW Analysis/Execution/Management
  • User Management, Qualifications, Scheduling and Labor Collection
  • Inspection
  • Electronic Task Cards
  • Task Card Assignments and Execution
  • Material/Tooling Management

Addressing Small Inefficiencies For Optimized Workflow

The main reason that MRO processes are hard to manage is their total complexity from start to finish. Powerful software such as that offered by EmpowerMX provides you with a better handle of all the aspects of your operations, whether it’s administrative, technical, or supervisory. By eliminating small delays along the workflowーunnecessary interruptions, inefficient job assignment strategy, paper-centric tasks, etc. ーthe overall process can become more streamlined. The result is faster project turnaround times and more uptime for aircraft.

Learn more about how you can optimize your operations and accelerate your maintenance processes at www.empowermx.com