Fortunately, MRO facility managers don’t have to look very far for solutions designed to help expedite the repair process. Innovative supply chain technology has evolved to optimize operations and streamline systems, resulting in fewer delays and speedier execution.
Voice picking solutions are just one example of this technology in action. Voice technology eliminates allow employees to move through the warehouse with their hands free, increasing productivity, accuracy, and safety, and decreasing training time and damages. As employees find the replacement parts they need — quickly and efficiently — voice technology speeds up the entire repair process.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) also have a part to play in optimizing MRO operations. AMRs are designed to autonomously map a facility, navigating around obstacles and human workers through a combination of lasers, scanners, 3D cameras, and audio-visual warning indicators. Rather than sending employees across the warehouse and back every time a new part or tool is needed, maintenance teams can leverage AMRs to locate and deliver the appropriate part at any given point in time. This maximizes employees’ efforts and increases overall productivity.
In addition to voice solutions and supply chain robotics, cloud-based warehouse management systems have the potential to take MRO operations to the next level. Most airlines currently rely on on-premise warehouse management systems to oversee their inventory. Yet cloud inventory management systems are well-equipped to quickly scale as demand rises — a key consideration in light of impending growth within the MRO market.