Original Date: 10/18/1999
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Asset Management System
Orenda Turbines repairs F404 exhaust frames for the Canadian Forces (CF) and the U.S. Navy. Per the Navy’s contractual requirements, the company must have adequate control over the government-owned property while under its charge. In 1994, Orenda Turbines developed the Asset Management System (AMS), a Microsoft Access, LAN- based program which provides real-time tracking.
The AMS consists of three main components: Tracking Accurately tracks the turnaround time of each exhaust frame, and allows users to enter the dates for receipt, allocation, induction, and shipping. Based on these dates, the average turnaround time is calculated for all frames shipped in a given month.
Scheduling Calculates a monthly repair schedule based on the repair quantities entered by the supervisor. This schedule indicates the dates to strip, clean, repair, and ship each frame in a given month, based on a 30-day turnaround time.
Managing Maintains a consistent workload on the shop floor, and monitors how many frames are: work in process, awaiting allocation, and awaiting induction. In addition, an overall program summary shows how many frames have been shipped to date, how many have been shipped monthly, and how many non- contract items have been received.
The AMS uses simple to follow screens for data entry and retrieval, and maintains information integrity by only granting screen accessibility to authorized users. The primary user screens are Transportation, Production, History, Scheduling, Contract Administration, and Performance. The Transportation screen allows users to enter the item type, serial number of a received item, shipment date of a repaired item, and associated documents. The Production screen allows users to enter work order assignments, and the date and serial number of allocated and inducted items. The History screen allows users to view and/or edit the status of items entered into the system. The Scheduling screen allows users to create, preview, and/or delete schedules. The Contract Administration screen allows users to transfer information (e.g., milestone, contractual discrepancy) to the U.S. Navy’s Commercial Asset Visibility computer system. The Performance screen allows users to view daily and monthly program status, work-in-progress items, and turnaround times. All users can access the General Information screens.
Orenda Turbines designed the AMS to be structured, yet flexible for change. Annual audits performed by Government Services Canada and the company’s Public Works Department, on behalf of the U.S. Navy, report that the AMS fully complies with Navy requirements to demonstrate control of government-owned property. Orenda Turbines also benefitted from the AMS by using its data to analyze and improve the turnaround times of internal processes. Future plans are to integrate the system into the company’s Enterprise Resource Planning system.
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