You’re Us­ing This to Clean That?

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Avi­a­tion ef­fi­ciency be­gins with a wipe

In Jan­uary, 2018, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion re­ported a 4.6 per­cent in­crease in global pas­sen­ger traf­fic, com­pared to Jan­uary, 2017. With ex­pec­ta­tions of ris­ing pas­sen­ger de­mand through­out 2018, MRO tech­ni­cians can ex­pect to be busier than ever.

Per­for­mance, qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency are top of the agenda for MRO pro­duc­tion man­agers. An air­craft on the ground gen­er­ates costs but an air­craft in the air cre­ates rev­enue. They need to get the most out of highly skilled tech­ni­cians, en­sur­ing they are work­ing ef­fi­ciently and safely. Their ob­jec­tives are to en­sure pro­cesses work but with­out over­load­ing tech­ni­cians and caus­ing short­cuts and mis­takes that could risk hu­man

life. Pro­duc­tion pro­cesses are labour in­ten­sive, with the com­plex­ity of work mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to re­place hu­mans with ma­chines. Many of the tasks can be repet­i­tive, and the pro­duc­tion team must have the right tools to max­imise ef­fi­ciency while en­sur­ing ad­her­ence to es­sen­tial pro­cesses such as clean­ing and main­te­nance.

Clean­ing is a cru­cial part of the process. This in­cludes gen­eral main­te­nance of en­gines and air­craft frames, sen­si­tive tasks such as the cock­pit or in­te­ri­ors and work on the fuel tanks. The equip­ment in­side MRO hang­ers have a range of dif­fer­ent sur­faces, in­clud­ing com­pos­ite, me­tal, and glass. With­out suit­able tools and equip­ment, such tasks can take longer than nec­es­sary.

Due to the poor per­for­mance of rags, the tra­di­tional clean­ing method, tech­ni­cians face length­ier man­ual work than re­quired. This means work­ers need to fo­cus too much time and ef­fort on wip­ing and clean­ing, in­stead of more value-adding tasks. As a re­sult, ser­vices take too long, tech­ni­cians face ad­di­tional stress, and the qual­ity of ser­vice can be com­pro­mised.

The im­pli­ca­tions of this are var­ied but in­clude:

• Loss of com­pet­i­tive­ness due to slow pro­cesses

• Dif­fi­culty tak­ing on new, larger cus­tomers due to ca­pac­ity con­straints

• Less flex­i­bil­ity in op­er­a­tions, with the in­abil­ity to han­dle un­ex­pected events

• Un­due strain on tech­ni­cians due to rags re­quir­ing more time and phys­i­cal ef­fort

• Po­ten­tial ser­vice and se­cu­rity risks as a re­sult of short­cuts and stress

Tork’s As­sort­ment Man­ager, An­ders Hel­lqvist anal­y­ses a sec­ond un­fore­seen chal­lenge in the world of avi­a­tion, and cleans up any in­dus­try mis­con­cep­tions Writ­ten by: An­ders Hel­lqvist, As­sort­ment Man­ager, Wip­ing & Clean­ing, Tork

Clean­ing up

Clean­ing in the cor­rect way, is vi­tal. MRO work often re­quires use of sol­vents, and with only rags to use, tech­ni­cians are po­ten­tially be­ing ex­posed to higher lev­els of VOC emis­sions, a real health & safety con­cern for man­agers. Rags can be com­pletely soaked in sol­vent chem­i­cals that evap­o­rate into the air, and they can also be left ly­ing around the work­place which is un­hy­gienic and un­safe.

Tork in­dus­trial wipes are the next gen­er­a­tion of in­dus­trial clean­ing tools. They are en­gi­neered with the avi­a­tion in­dus­try in mind and are tested to cope with the world’s high­est safety stan­dards. Com­pared to rags, they make clean­ing and wip­ing eas­ier and more ef­fi­cient. Or in other words: they save your high-skilled pro­fes­sion­als valu­able time; help­ing air­craft get back in the air faster with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety.

In­dus­trial wipes are soft, flex­i­ble and ex­cel­lent for clean­ing oil and grease. In­di­vid­u­als can work in a smarter and safer way, in­creas­ing worker sat­is­fac­tion as the main­te­nance task can be com­pleted more quickly, ul­ti­mately im­prov­ing pro­cesses in the work­place. The wipes come with a sys­tem of dis­pensers that can be flex­i­bly placed across work­sta­tions, en­sur­ing the right tools are al­ways in the right place, min­imis­ing time wasted walk­ing across the hangar to col­lect or dis­pose of rags. Prod­ucts within the range also meet strin­gent cer­ti­fi­ca­tions for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the Boe­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ing Stan­dard BMS 12-5G for wip­ing and cloths.

As the avi­a­tion in­dus­try gets busier, MRO pro­duc­tion man­agers must en­sure that fun­da­men­tal pro­cesses such as clean­ing are as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble. With Boe­ing list­ing the cost of a 747 at $402.9 mil­lion dol­lars, the need to make ev­ery penny count is paramount, right down to the grit­ti­est of hy­giene de­ci­sions.

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