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Palo Alto, CA, United States, 2008/03/06 - The quality of a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contractor's decisions remains limited to the supply and maintenance information they receive from the end user.
While a military PBL contractor may have access to supply information, they lack insight into the maintenance status of military bases or the forward deployed forces. These blind spots prohibit the PBL contractor from operating at optimal efficiency. This lack of information exchange almost assuredly costs the military end user in terms of platform availability.
Recently, Frost & Sullivan completed a White Paper for MIRO which identifies the need for PBL contractors to have mission-critical, real-time access to integrated maintenance and supply data. This current and historical system reliability information drives product reliability improvements, thereby allowing the PBL contractor to increase profitability by performing fewer rather than more repairs.
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"Too often today, only marginal benefits are realized by PBL contractors expediting parts more efficiently than military organizations in the past," notes Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Wayne Plucker. "Today's technology can capture integrated maintenance and supply data, enable real time maintainability and reliability analysis and also drive product improvements to unlock the true potential of PBL initiatives."
From the military PBL contractor's standpoint, access to real-time military maintenance and status information remains a key challenge. Despite an exchange of supply information between the operator and PBL contractor, critical maintenance information does not regularly flow from a military end user to the PBL contractor.
Commercial and military aircraft operators do not have a history of maintenance information transparency within their own organizations. The ability to share real-time and historical maintenance information within PBL would bring commercial and military users from a reactive breakdown maintenance paradigm to an increasingly advanced planning arena.
In the relationship between operator and PBL provider, shared information allows for shared power. Historical performance, up-to-the-minute maintenance and status information enable PBL contractors to meet as well as exceed expectations. Interestingly enough, those aircraft owners and operators with a historical mindset focused on obtaining and sharing logistics data throughout the organization will be best positioned for PBL success. Frost & Sullivan believes that the industry has the tools to link the military end user, PBL providers and the sub-tier vendors. The willingness of market participants to transform their practices will determine whether or not they achieve a quantum leap in efficiency.
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