Japanese aircraft engine manufacturer and maintenance provider IHI, has completed its deployment of Rusada’s Envision software, transitioning to paperless MRO in the process.
IHI’s Life Cycle Solution Division, Aero Engine, Space & Defence Business Area, headquartered in Tokyo, focuses on the maintenance of V2500, GEnx, CF34, and PW1100G-JM engine components. Previously its maintenance teams used an array of spreadsheets and paper records to manage their library of task cards which caused numerous issues. This included the continuous updating of task card data upon OEM maintenance manual revisions, as well as the inability to record inspection results on the cards themselves.
To address these issues IHI selected, and have now implemented, ENVISION’s Digital Task Cards. “Our previous process was far too time-consuming and made it difficult for regulators to see the decisions we had made and why,” said Tomoyuki Chida, head of quality engineering group at the division of IHI. “With ENVISION now in place we can realize significant time savings, automatically validate task input, and provide our technicians with useful supporting information, all without the need for paper.”
ENVISION achieves this through a series of functions. First, IHI imports manuals into the system, and the task cards within are extracted and set up as digital records. Users can then customize these with additional fields and functions such as electronic signoffs, feedback capture, and alternate task procedures. When manuals are revised, the underlying task card data can be automatically updated while keeping any customized content intact.
“As a software provider it is always incredibly satisfying when we can take a very manual and time-consuming process and create functionality that can perform it in the blink of an eye,” comments Julian Stourton, Rusada CEO. “IHI’s willingness to adapt and their desire for continuous improvement is truly commendable and has made them the perfect early adopter of this functionality.”