MRO Software Core Tracking

MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) companies that we have worked with over the years always have one request: Core Tracking.  This is huge in the Aviation industry and for equipment repair of turbines or motors.  In some instances cores are limited due to the government not authorizing new data tags or the equipment is being phased out.   Clients First knew we had to have this functionality in our new MRO solution: ProMRO or ProFBO for Acumatica.

Core Return for MRO Aviation or Equipment

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ProFBO - ProMRO Software

The Latest in MRO Repair Software for the FBO is Here

We are introducing the latest in repair software for the FBO and MRO: ProFBO and ProMRO for Acumatica.  What’s Acumatica? The fastest growing cloud business software solution with no per-user license fee!

Please join our free Webinar showcasing ProFBO/ProMRO

Wednesday Jul 25, 2018 1:00 PM Central Time

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ProFBO is designed for the FBO (Fixed Based Operator) or MRO with a focus on the repair and maintenance of aircraft equipment. ProFBO for Acumatica provides:

  • FAA Aircraft Registry import
  • FAA approved vendors assignment
  • Print and/or email FAA 8130-3
  • Fast quoting
  • Accurate costing and tracking of labor and inventory
  • Tracking and lookup of customer equipment and history
  • Invoicing, receivables, payables, and more in one easy to use system
  • No PER USER LICENSE cost unless you have under 5 users, then you qualify for the SMB Edition

We are very excited about our new product and we look forward to our presentation and working with you!

Clients First is a Gold ERP Partner for Dynamics 365 and Dynamics NAV.  We are also an Acumatica Certified Partner with years of experience in the MRO and manufacturing industry.  Contact us for more information.  800-331-8382 or email info@cfbs-us.com

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Acumatica Field Services Management Webinar

Acumatica is finally revealing their new field services solution in a webinar that is open to field services leaders and anyone that’s interested in learning about Acumatica for Field Services. The purpose of this webinar is to inform both potential and current customers of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) features available, which include:

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MRO Webinar Recording Available Now

Pilot and Aircraft

Please take a few minutes and review the recording of ‘Expanding Your Service Material Strategy‘.  Regardless of the MRO sector your company operates within, be it heavy equipment, aircraft, or manufacturing, the business software solution you choose should provide complex functionality to help you achieve your business goals.  Our video shows a high level over-view of our customizable ProMRO solution that helps fulfill your business needs.

Listen to our informational webinar on how expanding your serviceable material can benefit your business.  Our Clients First Texas and Minnesota offices, rated in the top 1% of VARS, offer Microsoft Dynamics ERP to the medium to large manufacturer and MRO across the United States and in 11 countries and counting.  Clients First is a Gold Certified Partner; we represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies.  If we can offer assistance to your business processes, contact our sales team at 800.331.8382 or email sales@clientsfirst-tx.com.

MRO Video on Serviceable Materials

 

MROs Fuel Serviceable Materials Strategy with Dynamics AX and ProMRO

With air travel industry developing at a faster pace than ever before, the aircraft aftermarket has attracted the attention of original equipment manufacturers or OEMs, which found new ways to meet growing demand for aircraft spare parts and components. As leading providers of aftermarket services in the aviation industry, OEMs have generated billions of dollars in revenue per year, over the past several years. To remain competitive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) providers cultivate new ways to generate more profit.  Read more

Free MRO Webinar: Used Serviceable Material Strategies – The Future of Cost Effectiveness

Free MRO Webinar: Used Serviceable Material Strategies – The Future of Cost Effectiveness

Thursday, May 28, 12pm CST

Why Attend our Webinar?

According to Oliver Wyman the used serviceable material strategies together with proprietary technologies are expected to revolutionize the entire MRO industry. Strategic sourcing combined with advanced technologies have already helped numerous airlines to increase the availability of used serviceable materials by 13 percent within one year. A recent survey of airlines indicated that 84 percent of the participants considered their approach to used serviceable materials as “active,” successfully embracing new serviceable material strategies to increase profit margins without additional costs. Read more

Aviation Workforce

Aviation Workforce: The Future of The MRO Industry

Our world is changing. And we’re not just talking about global warming, shifting demographics, and advanced technologies; we’re also talking about a new workforce slowly replacing previous generations of workers. For some industries, such as MRO, getting a new, digitally skilled aviation workforce can only mean good news. But are millennials really tech savvy? Can a “tech whiz kid” become a capable professional, who can be trusted with the lives of hundreds of people? Read more

3D Printing

3D Printing and The Future of The MRO Industry

Manufacturing products without a factory would have seemed impossible a few years ago. However, the “impossible” is slowly taking shape thanks to additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. This relatively new technology is ready to deliver a small, “mobile” factory to every OEM, MRO, and repair shop. In fact, a number of businesses are embracing additive manufacturing as a temporary or permanent manufacturing solution, as you read these lines.

3D Printing: The Future Is Just Around the Corner  

Although 3D printing technology can be used by anyone, from regular people to industry giants, sustainable growth is expected to come from industrial applications, especially in the OEM and MRO sectors. That’s simply because only a large company has the financial power to design, craft, and test multiple prototypes to finally develop a product that customers will want to buy. But this is only half of the OEM-MRO equation. The other half relates to the impact additive manufacturing will have on the MRO industry.

Additive manufacturing technologies deliver incredible flexibility. To begin with, a MRO company will be able to develop “instant” spare parts and complete maintenance and repair tasks within hours. Imagine an airline looking for a MRO able to repair an airplane that has broken down unexpectedly. Instead of waiting days or even weeks for parts to arrive, the MRO can manufacture the parts needed outright and fix the airplane within several hours.

3D Printing

Manufacturing parts for scheduled maintenance and repairs or, more importantly, for unplanned events, with virtually no wasted materials, will help MROs reduce downtime and operating costs. Another major motivator for additive manufacturing technology adoption is the ability to produce hard-to-find spare parts or components that aren’t manufactured anymore.

The International Space Station’s 3D Print project is one edifying example of spare parts production using additive manufacturing. The first 3D printer was launched to the space station in September 2014. On November 24, 2014, the first “space” object was successfully manufactured using 3D printing technology. According to NASA officials, additive manufacturing is useful especially when spare parts aren’t available or when inventory is extremely expensive to ship. This technology brings several performance and efficiency advantages, regardless of whether a maintenance company or department is located on Mars or on Earth.

Additive manufacturing may seem too futuristic to become standard. However, the acceptance of this technology as a source of spare parts will change the course of MRO history. A maintenance company will be able not only to manufacture simple or complex parts and difficult-to-achieve geometries, as required; it can also develop prototypes to modify equipment and achieve quicker repair times.

Undoubtedly, the ability to manufacture parts on demand will affect inventory and logistics. MROs will no longer have to order spare parts from manufacturers and keep dozens of “just-in-case” replacement components on hand until the right clients come along. Whenever they need a product, they can just make it. This will probably cause a collapse of the entire supply chain, making part suppliers and even manufacturers vulnerable to extinction.

By eliminating the need for high-volume production, 3D printing shows its worth in terms of reducing production costs. Additionally, it increases part availability at the point of use and decreases shipping-, inventory-, and labor-related expenses. Although this brings bad news for a number of businesses, additive manufacturing will add new efficiencies to the operations of MROs and their clients. In conclusion, what additive manufacturing does is to dissolve the global supply chain, which costs MROs billions of dollars every year, re-assembling it as a local system, at a much lower cost.

In the following years, additive manufacturing will radically change the OEM and MRO environment. Analysts predict that the additive manufacturing market will grow to $16 billion by 2018. More and more companies, especially MROs, are expected to invest in 3D printers to produce parts as needed. But to achieve the forecasted outcomes, digital design software must evolve and more advanced and affordable scanners must be developed. On the other side, manufacturers must find a way to protect themselves against the negative consequences of this technology. For sure, 3D printing will tip the scales in someone’s favor. Who will be the winner? Only time will tell.

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MRO Software: Texas Manufacturing

Since 2010, Texas has continued to attract more manufacturing partnerships, multi-billion dollar investments, and skilled workforce than any other state. The success of the manufacturing sector in this state is thanks, in part, to the stable pro-business environment, low taxes, excellent transportation infrastructure, and competent labor force. The support received from MROs and advanced manufacturing facilities have also helped Texas to become a leading manufacturing state in the US.

Making available innovative technologies, complex MRO software solutions help MROs to improve processes, increase productivity, and cut costs. Unsurprisingly, technology innovation has become the centerpiece of economic development efforts, especially in the southern states.

Achieve Service Excellence with MRO Software

Carrying out a wide variety of maintenance and repair operations, MROs support the manufacturing sector by keeping manufacturing plants running at peak performance. But more important than this is that maintenance, repair, and overhaul efforts are dependent on advanced MRO software.

MRO Software

Set to make continuous investments in innovative MRO solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics AX, a number of companies operating in Texas are ready to defeat their competitors across the US. With Dynamics AX, any organization can efficiently manage global operations, which translates into higher annual revenues. Specifically, Dynamics AX allows MROs to:

  • integrate the top floor with the plant floor to gain more insight into operations, identify where improvements can be made, and streamline all maintenance and repair activities to increase operational stability;
  • optimize supply chains by determining where exactly specific pieces of equipment, components, and parts must be relocated for the best results to be achieved;
  • accurately gather, process, and manage a large amount of data from different sources;
  • gain a competitive edge over business rivals by responding to complex challenges in real time;
  • rapidly change any aspect of MRO operations, according to company-specific needs, customer demands, and market opportunities;
  • achieve the kind of flexibility and responsiveness needed to improve service quality, boost productivity, reduce costs, and secure a strong position in the MRO sector;
  • bring new, competitive service offerings (e.g. performing repair tasks at clients’ locations) to the market faster than the competition, which will give any MRO company the opportunity to create and capture more value in emerging markets;
  • ensure optimal utilization of resources and reduce downtime by simply predicting and planning maintenance events ;
  • streamline business operations by collaborating effectively with partners, suppliers, and customers;
  • benefit from advanced MRO software applications, which enable companies to keep up with the rapid changes of the MRO sector and offer greater value to customers.

With Dynamics AX, a MRO company can make proactive decisions that maximize productivity and prevent breakdown scenarios. Tight integration with existing software solutions eliminates the need to run and maintain multiple separate systems, which enables superior control over teams, work orders, resource allocation, equipment, parts, and costs.

Once Dynamics AX is set up, information starts to flow seamlessly across all modules, in real time. As a result, any maintenance and repair activities can be scheduled accurately; work orders, equipment, parts, personnel, and downtime can be reserved based on up-to-date information; tasks are performed according to a predefined process so that no jobs will be skipped; available resources can be displayed by location, job type, capacity, etc.; and reports can be created at individual (project, equipment, parts, materials, etc.) levels.

Assessing the Impact

The number of southern states investing in advanced manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul technologies is growing continuously, bringing significant economic benefits to the entire region. As an example, South Carolina has received substantial foreign investments, Tennessee has become famous for its multiple auto-assembly plants, and Georgia has successfully reshored a variety of manufacturing operations back from overseas.

However, Texas is the only state winning gold in most economic categories. That’s because a high number of MROs currently operating in Texas have invested in advanced MRO software solutions. By placing innovation in maintenance, repair, and overhaul among their highest priorities, MRO companies support all manufacturing industry sectors, ranging from food processing to aerospace and defense.

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ProMRO Module

MRO Software: ProMRO Quick Create

One of the basic features of the ProMRO module available for Microsoft Dynamics AX is the Project Quick Create. The Project Quick Create feature makes it easy for users to get started with projects in only a few clicks of the mouse. With this feature, users can create projects, contracts, work orders and invoices by only clicking a single button.

The Project Quick Create is based on a pre-configured template tailored for the needs of organizations in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul industry. To get started, users have to enter the correct information of the task they want to accomplish on the ProMRO module.

ProMRO Module

Creating a Project in ProMRO

Follow these steps to get started with Project Quick Create:

  1.  To create a new project, navigate to the ProMRO area and select Project Details. The Project Details window will be displayed.
  2.  Navigate to the top menu of the Project details and under Quick Functions, click the New Project A new project pre-filled with name of business relation, description and customer PO will be created.

Next, set the customer due date on the date selection display pop up and click OK.

  1.  The next step is to add the value on the Equipment ID. Click the drop down arrow to select the ID.
  2. You can also add the details of the customer to Equipment. Enter the details of the customer on the pop up dialog box after setting the Equipment ID. Make sure you check the Prompt for Engineering Value box.

When done, click OK to exit the dialog box.

  1. If you checked the Prompt for Engineering Value box, the Engineering Value screen will appear. On the screen, you can set the engineering test values for the equipment. Generally, you would have to work with another system or a spreadsheet to coordinate the test values of the equipment. The reference will be attached directly to the invoice, contract and quote throughout the project, allowing you to refer to it at any time without the need to look at a spreadsheet for additional assistance.
  2. Close the screen after setting all the Engineering values.

The next step is to set the values for the Estimate Center, Work Center and Person Responsible for the equipment.

  1. When done, click the Services tab on the bottom half of the Project MRO screen. To fill the values in the Service ID fields, enter the service or choose an available service from the drop down arrow. The only services you can choose are those already available at the Estimate center. However, you can use generic service names so that you can use them in other projects.
  2. Select the Service Profiles you want added to the project. The Service Profiles will be added with their existing line values. You can go through the values and customize them for your project. To edit a value, simply click on its column and enter the new value.
  3. After editing the Service Profile details to meet your requirements, click OK. A new project with the details you provided will have been created. Through the ProMRO Quick Create Process, the work order is created at the same time.

Your new project will be available on the Project Screen. You can see the details of the project by clicking on it. On the General tab, you can view the project contract and estimate project. Keep in mind that the project contract is automatically created with all the information you need by the ProMRO module when you create a Quick Project a project.

To view more details of the project, navigate through the Status, Address, Other and Dimension tabs. Click the close button to exit the screen.

You can also view the details of the Estimate project by clicking through the Overview, General, Status, Setup, Address, Dimension and ProMRO tabs. The ProMRO tab shows how all values are reference able from a single screen, including the equipment, service profile and quote. On the Equipment ID, you can drill down to specifics of the equipment, for example check whether there are customer specific details that you may have entered when creating the project.

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