Oracle Automates Aircraft MRO
New software module geared to help aircraft operators increase the efficiency of their maintenance operations.New software from Oracle Corp. automates the paper-intensive process of maintaining fleets of commercial and military aircraft or other types of vehicles. The Oracle Complex Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) suite, which the Redwood Shores, Calif., company unveiled on Tuesday, is designed to improve the efficiency of groups responsible for these vehicles. It does this by keeping track of complicated configurations, streamlining the scheduling of routine and unplanned maintenance and presenting enterprise-wide visibility into MRO operations, Oracle officials said. Unlike most other MRO software, Oracles new software, available now, is not intended to be used by manufacturers to automate maintenance of their machines, said Rick Jewell, Oracles vice president of manufacturing and supply chain execution.
"This industry is very different," Jewell said. "Configuring a tail number of a given 727 is more difficult than for a molding machine in a manufacturing setting. Also the [airplane] is mobile and can be anywhere."