Critical aerospace components are serialized to build a digital thread throughout the product life cycle phases, covering traceability and quality. However, when most of us think about quality, only the design, development, and manufacturing phases come to mind. But what happens when the product goes into operation? Is there any benefit to extending this digital thread beyond manufacturing?
After aircraft have been operational for some time, they require maintenance. The MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) activities include inspection and repair or replacement of complete systems or parts. These activities provide valuable data that help to improve the design or manufacturing of those components.