Why a Reliability Program Plan is Critical for Asset Lifecycle Management

If you want to ensure the reliability of your critical assets and lower your lifecycle sustainment costs, it helps to have a reliability program plan. By maintaining or increasing the overall reliability of your aircraft or critical assets, you can help ensure your asset utilization will remain high and that your sustainment costs will be optimized. A Reliability Program Plan (RPP) takes into account all the best practice methods applicable to ensuring acceptable reliability in systems and products. The RPP is a comprehensive compendium of the system’s reliability models, test strategies, data collections, measurements, assessments, resources, and timelines required to ensure that the specified reliability of the system will be achieved prior to fielding, and maintained during its lifecycle. A RPP is usually prepared early in the program and is periodically reviewed and updated to reflect changes in cost, schedule, and scope.

Typically, the RPP contains the following four objectives:

  • Understand Customer Requirements and Constraints
  • Design and Redesign for Reliability
  • Produce Reliable Systems/Products
  • Monitor and Assess User Reliability

A well-executed RPP provides a road map to measure performance, resolve reliability problems, and achieve a high level of reliability that meets desired requirements and cost targets.

Resources are always a constraint, that’s why an effective RPP allows an organization to prioritize their efforts to focus on the right activities at the right time in order to maintain high reliability of their aircraft or assets.

The U.S. Department of Defense demands highly-reliable systems & products to achieve its mission at an affordable cost. Therefore, DoD adopted ANSI/GEIA-STD-0009 “Reliability Program Standard for Systems Design, Development, and Manufacturing,” to align best practices of reliability management, design and testing with reliability methods that provide the most value and the least risk in terms of achieving reliable products.

AACL has experience developing and maintaining reliability program plans for DoD aircraft, contact us if we can assist you or your organization.

AACL Wins Reliability Engineering Program Support Contract

N8200H Dash 8 landing

N8200H Dash 8 landing at Glasgow Airport By Mark Harkin (N8200H) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

AACL has been awarded a subcontract from Leidos supporting the reliability engineering program for the Army’s Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) program. AACL will be developing the Reliability Program Plan, establishing and supporting the Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS), and supporting other reliability engineering related systems engineering functions.

The single award, five year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract awarded to Leidos, announced on November 5th 2015, is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award worth up to $661.8 million. The Leidos team will be handling various upgrade work for the Army’s Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) fleet — including design, engineering, technical and logistics support. The ARL-E program is a manned, multiple intelligence (multi-INT) airborne platform that provides a persistent capability to detect, locate, classify/identify and track surface targets in day/night, near-all-weather conditions with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy. The first task order under the IDIQ will provide the System of Systems (SoS) integration of an extensible Mission Equipment Payload (MEP), including the modification of Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft. Supporting Leidos are a capable team of industry leaders including Sierra Nevada Corporation, Argon ST (a Boeing Company) and L-3 ComCept.

AACL Wins C-130 Inspection Contract

AACL is pleased to announce it has been awarded a C-130 inspection contract with our partner GMRE Inc. on the DESP III contract. The contract calls for the Pre-Induction Inspection (PII) of Air Force and Navy C-130 aircraft before they arrive for depot maintenance at the 309th AMXG at Hill AFB. This contract helps the Air Force understand the aircraft condition in order to pre-plan repairs, parts, and manpower to support an on time, on budget depot maintenance cycle.

Join us at the DoD Corrosion Conference!

Join us at the Department of Defense Virtual Corrosion Conference September 16-17, 2013. We will be presenting some advanced corrosion mitigation strategies for DoD aircraft and weapons systems. These advanced strategies lower the cost of corrosion inspection and mitigation in difficult to access areas of aircraft and help the services shift to a more proactive and preventative posture.

Our presentation will be at from 15:30-16:00 ET on Tuesday September 17th 2013 in the Policy session.

AACL Selected as Semi-Finalist for SAE “Great Ideas” Competition

AACL has been selected as a semi-finalist for the SAE “Great Ideas” competition.  Our submission will be presented by Mr David Clark, AACL Engineering Technician, at the 2012 DoD Maintenance Symposium in Grand Rapids, MI, 12-15 Nov 2012, along with the other 5 finalists’ submissions.   The winner will be chosen by the audience and will be featured throughout the symposium.

AACL Employee Wins Top Air Force Award

One of AACL’s newest employees, Chris Serlick, who recently retired as the AFETS lead at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC,  was awarded the 2012 Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Award for Engineering Achievement. This is a tremendous accomplishment and a well deserved recognition of Mr. Serlick’s recent contributions during his service to the 4th Fighter Wing, the F-15 community and the Air Force. We congratulate Chris on a long and distinguished career in the Air Force, and especially for this most recent achievement.

We look forward to working with Chris and our customers to continue to contribute to this cause which means so much to us.

Corrosion project highlighted in CorrDefense

One of AACL’s current projects with the Air Force Corrosion Prevention & Control Office, in partnership with C-130 and Helicopter engineers at WR-ALC, has been highlighted in CorrDefense Magazine. The link to the full article is below.

A ‘Remote’ Answer To Detect And Mitigate Hidden Corrosion Is Anything But!

This is a great example of AACL’s capability to use new processes and tools to provide innovative solutions to long standing problems. We focus on providing a high return on investment for our services and solutions.