SIA Engineering announces new MRO investment

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Use this oneSIA Engineering announced it plans to spend S$40 million (US$30.2 million) over the next three years in the second phase of its plans to upgrade and digitalise its MRO processes. The first phase announced by the company in 2017 included S$50 million that was mainly spent on hardware, SIA Engineering said. The new work centres on streamlining operations for MRO workers and using a one-stop mobile app.

SIA Engineering CEO Ng Chin Hwee said the programme will help the company and the city-state’s aerospace weather the COVID-19 pandemic. “The unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it even more imperative that we press on with the next phase. We strive to be more productive and innovative… and to emerge from this crisis with enhanced competitiveness,” he said.

Using an app called SmartMX, workers will have the history of defects of a particular aircraft, the maintenance manuals for that plane model and the location of the tools needed for the work. This should shorten the time workers spend on each aircraft, whether in repair, maintenance or in transit. The planes can then be put back to use faster, thus reducing passengers’ waiting times.

The company also said two new machines will be introduced: an engine lifter that can reduce manpower and time taken to change aircraft engines by as much as 50 percent, and an electro-static spray for the disinfection of aircraft that will better spread disinfectant droplets.

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