TP Aerospace has implemented paperless processes throughout its inhouse MRO shops, making progress for MRO digitalisation with recent approval from EASA.
The new system enables digital sign-off of work orders and digital tasks lists, and TP Aerospace also said it increases efficiency through time optimisation and reduced risk of human errors, as well as improving quality controls and safety protocols.
The company began the initial phase of its paperless project in 2018 with the launch of its Green Sunrise strategy – a growth plan for increasing proximity to airline customers and providing best possible wheel and brake support wherever the aircraft might be. By 2020, all TP Aerospace facilities are set to be paperless.
With the increasing network of in-house MRO facilities, the company said it has become “vital” to develop a stronger data foundation to sustain the growth and ensure that all MRO facilities within the network continue to meet and exceed standards.
“The implementation of the Paperless System is a strategic initiative supporting our Green Sunrise growth plan,” said Prashan Ambawatta, group technical director of TP Aerospace. “We want to work smarter and be head of class on MRO processes. With the Paperless System, we have developed a modern and efficient method for easing the workflow, reducing risk of mistakes and ensuring the best possible service to our customers worldwide.”
TP Aerospace has used its current ERP system, developed by Component Control to customise the Paperless System for the company’s specific needs and MRO workshops, making all processes involved in raising, completing and signing off a work order electronic.
The new system can process work orders from the introduction of a unit, through the maintenance procedures, and to the end of the final inspection where ARC can be signed off electronically.
The Paperless System is a direct data entry method and will replace the old barcode scanning system, where barcoding was needed on all tools and hardcopy work orders. With the new system, the number of procedures to be completed are linked to digital protocols, which TP Aerospace argue provides a stronger quality control and reduces the risk of mistakes.
The new system has been approved by several aviation authorities, EASA, CASA, CAAM and CAAT along with other local authorities, who TP Aerospace report are expected to approve it later this year.
TP Aerospace’s Australia facility was the first to apply the new system, followed by Malaysia, Bangkok and the UK.