MRO Europe Conference Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for MROs and Aerospace Distributors

The recent MRO Europe conference saw major players in the global aviation community coming together to share best practices, learn about innovations, and plan for the future of MROs and the aerospace industry. As we have emphasized in previous posts, the aerospace industry is experiencing some exciting growth and changes right now: new technologies, continued consolidation and emerging markets, to name just a few. At this year’s MRO Europe conference, we were excited to hear…

Paris Air Show Reveals Big Changes Coming to MROs

At this year’s Paris Air Show, attendees were privy to tons of new and exciting aircraft. Lockheed Martin announced the latest in the C-130 family, the C-130J-SOF, or Super Hercules, designed for the operations of U.S. Special Forces and now available to U.S. allies. Boeing introduced the 737 Max 10, the biggest version in the 737 family of narrow-body passenger jets. And on the first day, rival Airbus secured 100 orders of the A320neo. But,…

Optimizing the MRO Supply Chain

At its best, the aerospace supply chain works as a well-oiled machine, delivering parts and securing aircraft services at exactly the right time. At its worst, disruptions in the supply chain can equate to millions of dollars in losses. So how can aviation partners and MROs keep the supply chain running at its best? Inventory Management MROs must be very aware of their inventory. Too many supplies can take up needed space and can result…

3 Big Impacts to Aircraft Maintenance in 2017

For many reasons, aviation is in a constant state of change. From new technologies to expanding global markets, industry professionals are often faced with the unknown. While these fluctuations will always affect aviation, 2017 presents its own unique set of changes predicted to impact aircraft maintenance and related structures. China Is Taking on Major Aircraft Manufacturers Earlier this month, Chinese aerospace manufacturer Comac launched a test flight of its C919 jetliner. This historic event marked…

Prescriptive Maintenance: The Next Generation of MRO Efficiency

The term “prescriptive maintenance” is derived from the principle of prescriptive analytics. This concept is a step past predictive maintenance; it not only supplies the possible outcomes in a situation, it also gives the best avenue to pursue based on analysis of those outcomes. This mode of strategy basically allows computing models to “think” for themselves, removing the guesswork for MROs and optimizing efficiency in an industry under tight deadlines. While already in use within…

Predictions for the Future Profitability of Airlines (and the Role Played by Aircraft Parts Suppliers)

Earlier this year, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told investors that he did not believe the airline industry would continue to see losses: “We, like other businesses will have good years and bad years, but the bad years will not be cataclysmic. They will just be less good than the good years.” He expressed a similar sentiment following the release of recent 3rd-quarter earnings. This positive outlook is a shift from traditional beliefs, which decry…

MRO Strategies for Tackling “Rightsizing” Within the Aviation Industry

In an effort to combat growing operating costs, a competitive market and the economic fluctuations of recent years, many airlines have turned toward “rightsizing” as a method for maintaining profits. Rightsizing in the aviation industry refers to the constant reorganization of fleets to meet demand fluctuations. For example, an airline might have a fleet made up of both regional jets and larger aircraft with the goal of utilizing the planes that best meet efficiency standards…

Aircraft Manufacturing: Benefits of the Lean Process in Retooling and Retraining

Thanks to a steady stream of rapid advances in technology (and little end in sight with airliners on the cusp of electric-powered flight and hypersonic planes), the aerospace industry is in a constant state of flux. Each new aircraft model, engine improvement or component type means retooling aircraft manufacturing facilities and retraining staff and MROs. But what obstacles are faced during the transition process, and how are manufacturers working toward addressing these challenges? Potential Challenges…

Rapid Advances in MRO Technology

MRO providers are essential parts of any successful airline. Accurate and highly efficient MRO teams are a major influencer on flight schedules, aircraft delivery and safety. It is no surprise that a position of such importance embraces technology at a rapid pace. Let’s look at a few of the advances that have been made to maintenance and repair providers in recent years. The Internet of Things (IoT) Utilization of IoT as a part of MRO…

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Kapco Global’s E-Commerce Platform Is Ready to Take Your Order. Introducing Kapco kart! Each year, the number of businesses that use the Internet to conduct product research and make purchases online increases. Recent projections estimate spending on global business-to-business e-commerce to grow to $6.7 trillion by 2020, representing 27% of total manufacturing trade. Distributors and suppliers from any industry who ignore this trend do so at their own peril. At Kapco Global, one of the…