Management, Repair, and Overhaul: Vol. 1



Authors Abstract
Maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facilities are a major contributor to the safe, reliable, and efficient service of an aircraft. Practices have continually evolved to support complex operations and enhance performance and availability while decreasing operating costs. With technological breakthroughs in electric land vehicles revolutionizing their respective industry, MRO facilities in aviation are also adopting digital technologies in their practices.
Despite this drive towards digitalization, the industry is still dominated by manual labor and subjective assessments. Operations may or may not follow the exact expected profile, and that is when sensors integrated into a maintenance system can indicate that the aircraft may or may not fly another flight. Today, several technologies, processes, and practices are being championed to resolve some of these outstanding challenges. Considering this, it is important to present current perspectives regarding where the technology stands and how we can evaluate capabilities for autonomous decision support systems that prescribe maintenance activities. It is a complex issue because it is a transversal phenomenon involving many stakeholders cooperating to achieve their logistical and strategic interests. Overarching challenges—from data management, robotics, optimization, artificial intelligence, and systems engineering—must be appreciated. Overlooking some of these unsettled domain issues can potentially undermine any benefits in speed, process, and resilience promised by such systems. This chapter provides some understanding of specific motivating factors by focusing on the digitalization challenges for MRO 4.0 (i.e., the digital transformation of MRO) and the role of building “trust” in technology by reimagining stakeholder experiences.
As a result, this chapter discusses emerging technologies that continue to evolve with changes to the products and services they maintain and the socioeconomic environment they function within. Prioritizing programs can add value as MRO 4.0 is slated to significantly affect the industry in the near future.
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Khan, S., Walthall, R., Rajamani, R., and Holland, S., "Management, Repair, and Overhaul: Vol. 1," SAE Technical Paper EPRCOMPV282023, 2024, .
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May 10
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