With recent approval from EASA, TP Aerospace becomes a frontrunner in MRO digitalization as they ditch paperwork and implement paperless processes throughout their inhouse MRO shops. The new system enables digital sign-off of workorders, digital tasks lists, as well as increased efficiency through time optimization and reduced risk of human errors. It also adds improvements to quality controls and safety protocols.
The initial phase of the paperless project began in 2018 along with the launch of the Green Sunrise strategy –a growth plan for increasing proximity to airline customers worldwide and provide the best wheel and brake support, wherever in the world an aircraft may be. A result of the Green Sunrise is a continuously increasing network of in-house MRO facilities, and thus, it has become vital for the company to develop a stronger data foundation to sustain the growth and ensure that all MRO facilities within the companies network continues to meet the standards in the market.
TP Aerospace has managed to use their current ERP system, developed by Component Control, to customize 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 where no paper is needed on any work processes. It will replace the old barcode scanning system, where barcoding was needed on all tools and hard copy work orders. With the new system, the number of procedures to be completed are linked to digital protocols. This provides a stronger quality control and reduces the risk of mistakes.
“The implementation of the Paperless System is a strategic initiative supporting our Green Sunrise growth plan. 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. And with the best people behind it, we are set to handle complex work orders, in a simple way,” says Prashan Ambawatta, group technical director of TP Aerospace.
The new system has already been approved by several aviation authorities around the world, EASA, CASA, CAAM, and CAAT, along with other local authorities, who 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 UK. By 2020, all TP Aerospace facilities are set to be paperless.