TP Aerospace, which recently received approval from EASA, has made giant strides in digitization by ditching paperwork and implementing paperless processes throughout their in house MRO shops.
The new system enables digital sign-off of work orders, digital tasks lists, as well as increased efficiency through time optimization and reduced risk of human errors. It also brings improvements to quality controls and safety protocols.
“The implementation of the Paperless System is a strategic initiative supporting our Green Sunrise growth plan,” said Prashan Ambawatta, Group Technical Director of TP Aerospace. “We want to work smarter and be head of class on MRO processes. With the Paperless System, we have developed a modern and efficient method for easing the workflow, reducing risk of mistakes and ensuring the best possible service to our customers worldwide. And with the best people behind it, we are set to handle complex work orders, in a simple way.”
The initial phase of the paperless project began in 2018 along with the launch of the Green Sunrise strategy – a growth plan for increasing proximity to airline customers worldwide and provide the best possible wheel and brake support, wherever in the world their aircraft may be. A result of Green Sunrise is a continuously increasing network of in-house MRO facilities, and thus, it has become vital to develop a stronger data foundation to sustain the growth and ensure that all MRO facilities within the TP Aerospace network continues to meet and exceed the highest standards in the market.
TP Aerospace has managed to use their current ERP system, developed by Component Control, to customize the Paperless System for the company’s specific needs and MRO workshops, making all processes involved in raising, completing and signing off a work order electronic. The new system can process work orders from the introduction of a unit, through the maintenance procedures, and to the end of the final inspection where ARC can be signed off electronically.
The new system will replace the old barcode scanning system, where barcoding was needed on all tools and hardcopy work orders. With the new system, the number of procedures to be completed are linked to digital protocols, thus providing stronger quality control and reducing the risk of mistakes.
The system has already been approved by aviation authorities around the world such as EASA, CASA, CAAM, and CAAT. Other regulatory authorities are expected to approve it later this year. TP Aerospace’s Australia facility was the first in line to apply the new system, followed by Malaysia, Bangkok and UK. By 2020, all TP Aerospace facilities are set to be paperless.
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