Raytheon ALCS™Advanced Logistics and Configuration System
The Advanced Logistics and Configuration System (ALCS), built collaboratively by Raytheon and Osprey Software Development, provides Raytheon with a consolidated view of the status of and flexible workflow to move all equipment and parts inventories at multiple sites around the world.
Raytheon develops and supports advanced radar systems, missile systems, and other sophisticated military systems that are deployed around the world—which means these systems must be 100% functional and ready at all times.
Each system can have thousands of unique parts, and these parts have specific compatibility requirements with other parts, based on each system’s unique configuration.
When a system needs a replacement part, Raytheon tracks the work orders and parts inventories from a central Materials Consolidation Point (MCP). A major challenge to the efficiency of the overall operation arose because different locations were running disparate legacy systems and databases. In some cases, intricate spreadsheets had to be created by hand and emailed to the MCP for manual uploading to the central MCP application.
Additionally, Raytheon must track thousands of system configurations, each requiring a unique combination of compatible parts. The Defense Department audits these configurations several times during the course of a year. In the past, these audits have often required a highly-manual review process that could take weeks or even months of preparation.
“…these systems must be 100% functional and ready at all times.”
PARTS TRACKED BY ALCS
CONFIGURATIONS TRACKED BY ALCS
“The net result: major improvements in efficiency and speed of repairs, significant cost savings and superior inventory management.”
Osprey created ALCS using the .NET Framework, embedded workflow and SQL Server with replication. Now, even with disparate databases, the central MCP gets a consolidated view of the status of all equipment and parts inventory.
Additionally, Osprey integrated configuration validation into the maintenance and parts inventory, so that any configuration could be conveniently viewed and examined as needed.
Osprey also developed an executive dashboard that allows multiple operating locations to create reports and track open orders in real time.
The net result: major improvements in efficiency and speed of repairs, significant cost savings and superior inventory management.
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