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Electronic Point of Maintenance Inspection & Repair Data Tools JTEG Forum Minutes
Event: On 3 February, 2015, the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG), in coordination with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), hosted a two hour virtual forum on “Electronic Point of Maintenance Inspection and Repair Data Tools”.
Purpose: The purpose of the forum was to share the experiences, challenges, successes, and benefits of DoD efforts in new technologies being used for electronic point of maintenance material inspection and repair. The forum discussed three separate technologies that the military Services are pursuing.
Welcome: Greg Kilchenstein, OSD(Maintenance) opened the forum with a welcome followed by a brief explanation of the collaborative purpose of the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) and described the monthly technology forums. Forums are held on the last Tuesday of each month and generally focus on a specific technological capability such as cold spray repair, laser coating removal, and additive manufacturing.
Administrative: The presentations, along with questions and answers, were conducted through Defense Connect Online (DCO) and an audio line. Over 50 participants from across DoD and industry joined in the forum. Questions were sent through DCO and answered by the presenters during the forum. Those presentation slides which are approved for public release, the Q&A, and these meeting minutes will all be available on the JTEG website at http://jteg.ncms.org/ .
Background and Introduction: Greg Kilchenstein stated that rapid access to multi-media tech data enables maintainers to improve the quality of repairs and reduce cycle time. The tools that are being described today provide maintainers with rapid access to accurate data that can be collected and used to perform maintenance more effectively and more efficiently.
Electronic Technical Work Document (eTWD) – Troy Kaichen of NAVSEA provided an overview of the eTWD Project which has been approved as part of the CNO reduction in total ownership costs initiative. The project is estimated to save $61M a year. eTWD is an electronic work package that integrates work instructions, drawings, tables, and forms, validates data, auto-populates forms, and enables online problem identification, resolution and job certification. The eTWD plan is to use tablets and the shipboard wireless network.
Automated Process and Inspection Guide (AP&IG) – Mike Oestmann of Red River Army Depot (RRAD) & Stephanie Wright of Tinker AFB (OC-ALC), provided updates of the use of AP&IG at their maintenance activities. Mike stated that AP&IG standardized the inspection process and eliminated paper references, while capturing inspectors’ knowledge and reducing inspection time by 30 percent. AP&IG was a CTMA funded project. Stephanie provided an overview of the field data collection and automation initiative, that uses the Functional Systems Integrated Data (FSID) tool to help standardize work process, automate data collection and entry, and provide accurate and in-depth data for analysis. There is currently a funded development effort underway to interface the automated data push from field units.
Digital Pen and Paper for Capturing Maintenance Data – Pete Aragon of NAVAIR at FRC-SW, briefed the pilot conducted on the Digital Pen system. The “pen” uses software to convert handwriting to text and also has the ability to capture sketches. Upon docking of the pen, review recognition is performed 728 percent faster than retyping, saving over 13 minutes per form. Another benefit is reduced rework and process steps. The digital pen system is currently in the procurement process.
Questions & Answers: Q&A from the teleconference will be posted on the JTEG Website.
Closing Comments: Greg Kilchenstein thanked the panel and online viewers for their participation and reminded everyone that the presentations, minutes, and Q&A would be available on the JTEG Website.
Next JTEG Meeting: 24 Feb 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm EST, “Exoskeletons: Human Augmentation Systems”
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