This one thing bothers you the most about aircraft components. Are you ready?
Just like you, I encounter this problem every single day. It's one of the reasons we start working with new Asset Repair Care clients.
It's a frequent obstacle we're trying to help overcome here at Skylink.
Turn-around-times will likely remain challenging for the foreseeable future, for this reason.
But there are some very SIMPLE ways to reduce your repair times without having to rely on your MROs average TAT.
Store your unserviceable aircraft parts at the location of your component MRO.
One issue with repair cycle times isn't just the MRO turn-around-times.
It's also the amount of time it takes for your MRO to receive the unserviceable units.
Once you determine you're going to open a repair order for an unserviceable unit, the time it takes to cut the Repair Order to the time the MRO gets the unit is time added to your repair cycle time.
Let me paint a picture.
If you're MRO quotes you an average TAT of 21 days (read this for more about TAT averages), but it takes you ten days to…
process the repair order
pull the unserviceable unit from inventory
package it up
it spends three days in transit
The total amount of time for your repair to be completed is 31 days if it's a clean repair.
To reduce your total repair times, remove wasted time from the repair cycle.
One way we've done this at Skylink is by storing our client's unserviceable units in our warehouses.
This helps us remove 95% of the time spent on incoming repairs.
We've helped eliminate the time associated with:
Time spent pulling individual components from inventory.
Creating AWBs or scheduling BOL shipments.
Processing individual repair orders.
Outbound quality assurance.
Receiving quality assurance.
And the list seems endless.
Before you get here, you'll need to first…
Determine how many repairs of a given part number you're likely to approve in a month.
You don't need to spend a lot of time doing this.
Review your high usage items, how much inventory you carry of repaired components, and how many unserviceable units you have.
Once you've determined your repaired inventory is reaching its minimum stock level, you'll want to begin repairing your unserviceable units.
It becomes a lot easier and faster if your unserviceable units are already at your MROs facility.
After you've compiled the list of near term repairs you'll need, send the list or part numbers to your MRO so they can plan capacity.
One of the most significant issues impacting MRO operations is capacity.
They need the right amount of technicians and test stands to work through their repair queue.
When an influx of repairs comes in without planning, their lead times will increase, without warning.
We've helped overcome this by distributing our repairs among contracted or audited MRO partners based on current repair volume.
But that takes time, quarterly audits, and a high volume of repairs to make it work.
If you work with an MRO or Skylink Asset Repair Care, to help overcome this volume issue, send your repair partner a list of part numbers you expect to be repaired in the next 30, 60, 90 days.
This will help them properly repair labor and test stand capacity to meet your near term repair needs.
Approve and reject work orders quickly.
The time it takes to approve a repair is time added to your total repair time.
We had a client who was urgent for several avionic units.
The components were shipped in for repair, the inspection completed, and the work order quote sent.
After ten days of having the work order quote, the quote was approved, and the client was now AOG.
One of the best ways to reduce your total repair times is by speeding up your approval process.
This is the reason we implemented an auto-approve option to help avoid these common repair bottlenecks.
The repairs below a certain cost threshold will automatically be approved and repaired.
Reducing your total repair times takes effort, but it's worth it once you start seeing the results.