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

Burleson Texas Students Space Flight Experiments Program Winners

Burleson Students at Space Experiments Program

By: Mica Mitchell (Proud Mom of Westley Mitchell)

This month saw an amazing experience for four young people from North Texas in Washington D.C.

A team from Academy at Nola Dunn made Burleson Texas stand out a little brighter on the National map by grasping the initiative to extend their reach to DC and even into space.

The space adventure began for Burleson in 2014 when the Board of Directors decided to give Burleson schools the opportunity to participate in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s (NCESSE) Students Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The SSEP is a competition where students are given the opportunity to design and propose an experiment to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) where resident astronauts will conduct the experiment. Upon return to Earth, the experiment is analyzed by the student team to determine the impact of microgravity.

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MRO Webinar Recording Available Now

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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MRO Software: The ProMRO Equipment Table

The ProMRO module was especially developed to offer MRO companies the functionality they needed to manage industry-specific operations more efficiently. Minimizing paper-based administration and standardizing various processes, the module enables MROs to handle a variety of business processes, including quoting jobs, pre-defining project phases, and tracking equipment along with maintenance and repair tasks to extend the life cycle of operational equipment at minimal costs, prevent disruptions, and improve overall productivity. Besides advanced project, maintenance, and repair functionality, the module makes available a custom Equipment Table, which facilitates asset tracking within Dynamics AX and any other application interconnected.

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MRO Software: Equipment Table Functionality

Specifically designed to allow MROs to record detailed, real-time information on equipment and parts, and access equipment history along with warranty, repair, and maintenance data, the Equipment Table can be used to:

  • Track equipment across different projects – One of the most valuable pieces of MRO software developed so far, the Equipment Table tracks materials, inventory, and equipment automatically, creating a comprehensive history for each piece of equipment you have used in your projects. By accessing the Equipment Table and highlighting a machine or part, you can get project, quote, repair, and allocation details relating to that piece of equipment. You can also use the Equipment Table to check the current status of a project, customer specifications, and equipment condition, which may range from “approved” and “shop floor” to “rented-out” and “lost” statuses. From the Equipment Table, you can also access the main table of each project to get in-depth details about different pieces of equipment and tasks.
  • Track warranties of equipment and parts – Not only the Equipment Table provides information about the original warranty of different pieces of equipment; it also indicates the equipment that needs to be sent off for repair or replaced before warranty expires. Additionally, by simply accessing the Equipment Table, technicians can get information about different pieces of equipment that cannot be repaired on warranty or in house and, therefore, must be replaced by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
  • Track equipment location – The Equipment Table also allows users to identify the physical location of different pieces of equipment. This means that you can communicate to your clients exactly when and where their equipment has been allocated and even how much it will cost to deliver it to them. As you can find out the exact location of machines and parts without making phone calls or leaving your office, the Equipment Table can save you a lot of time and money.

Maintaining continuous operations in complex environments poses a major challenge for most MRO companies. Fortunately, the Equipment Table adds a new dimension to Dynamics AX, giving MRO companies a true 360-degree view of their equipment.

With this MRO software solution by your side, you’ll benefit from complete maintenance, repair, and overhaul support to achieve your equipment and productivity goals. Bringing about greater predictability, optimizing resource utilization, and helping you keep your own equipment along with your customers’ machines properly maintained and running smoothly, the Equipment Table is one “piece of the puzzle” you need to plan everything down to the smallest detail and avoid costly breakdowns.

In conclusion, the Equipment Table is a useful piece of MRO software that allows you to:

  • record and access detailed information relating to your equipment and services;
  • track equipment by physical location and status;
  • group pieces of equipment based on specific criteria;
  • associate equipment with projects and capacity planning;
  • keep detailed history, including warranty, quote, maintenance, and repair information;
  • view maintenance and repair reports whenever you need.

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