Army Article on Prognostic and Predictive Maintenance
In addition to providing a range of insights on the subject, as the authors remind us, “Prognostic and Predictive Maintenance (PPMx) is the U.S. Army Aviation’s initiative to advance from a reactive maintenance posture to a proactive, decision-based approach. PPMx’s goal is to arm the maintenance manager with the information to make efficient decisions that avoid mission disruption and eliminate premature removal of components. The desired effect is increased availability, reduced cost of ownership and increased safety…Prognostic and predictive maintenance give aircraft maintainers insight into what might go wrong, and when.”
They conclude that “Predictive and Prognostic Maintenance touches nearly every area of the sustainment chain. While the work necessary to implement it is substantial, it is essential to enabling the Army Aviation Enterprise Sustainment Strategy, and its benefits to the Army include reduced logistical footprint, improved operational availability and decreased life-cycle cost”.