Tue, Jul 15, 2003
The E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System became the
first weapon system to provide technicians with a paperless link
between an aircraft parts manual and the base supply system.
Technicians from the 552nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron have
been participating in a test program for a parts ordering tool that
provides an electronic link between AWACS parts manuals and the
supply system. The ordering tool allows technicians to order parts
in a totally paperless environment. The system eliminates the need
to search for the part in a paper manual and type in all the
information, which saves time and reduces errors.
“We did in 10 minutes what used to take hours,” said
Tech. Sgt. Thomas Martin, 552nd EMS dock chief, in reference to a
recent maintenance inspection. Basically, the tool allows the
technician to electronically search for parts, click on the items
to be ordered, review and query the required parts list and submit
the request through the automated system.
This technology can eventually be applied to wireless local area
network devices, such as rugged laptops, for maintenance. The new
tool is expected to save at least 160 man-hours and 25 incorrect
parts orders per day when fully implemented throughout the 552nd
Air Control Wing here, officials said.
Although the system is not yet fully operational, users have
noticed a significant reduction in time spent and are excited about
the system’s capabilities, they said.
“Out of several projects I’m involved with, I see
the need and benefit of (the ordering tool) to the Air Force in the
long term,” said Master Sgt. Rick Celusta, the 552nd
Maintenance Operations Flight superintendent. [Courtesy of Air
Combat Command News Service]
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