Digitalisation in the MRO Sector - Why Does It Matter?
Processes sit at the heart of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector, with high levels of scrutiny placed on every task, and heavy compliance requirements and transparency demanded at every level.
And rightly so.
According to the Oliver Wyman 2017 – 2027 Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast Summary 94% of companies recognised MRO to be a ‘fundamental part of their overall operations’; and the commercial airline MRO industry is expected to grow at 3.8 percent annually over the next ten years.
Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing and machine learning have the potential to not only enhance the MRO sector’s output, but to also increase customer and operator satisfaction, offering detailed insights into processes, as well as the opportunity to reduce downtime significantly.
There is no doubt the MRO sector is awakening to the potential of digitalisation.
However, factors such as data security and quality control are still holding firms back and being perceived as barriers to implementation.
With the proper systems in place to protect data and by working closely with employees who know the company’s MRO processes inside and out, digitalising MRO workflows can improve trust and transparency, enhance quality outputs and minimise risk of failure.
Workflow automation tools such as WorkfloPlus can help companies digitalise their MRO processes, standardising procedures and streamlining operations.
It means companies can move away from paper-based forms – whether that’s inspections, maintenance, repairs, health and safety, quality control or auditing – and carry out these tasks digitally via mobile, tablets or AR wearable devices.
Frontline MRO workers are able to focus their efforts on the job at hand rather than the administrative side, which is automatically logged digitally, making it invaluable for auditing and compliance reporting.
The result? For MRO-reliant industries, such as aerospace, rail and HVAC the digitalisation of workflows can increase operational reliability, drive cost and time savings, and improve both safety and availability >>>