Cost Effective Approach to Repairing OEM Shot Peened Parts for Aviation

Cost Effective Approach to Repairing OEM Shot Peened Parts for Aviation

 

for Managers of Aviation Repairs.

 

Aviation repair depends on the maintenance and replacement of parts according to the original manufacture’s and FAA specifications.  Shot peening provides the final part of repairing a component for installation.  However, shot peening services are expensive and can be inefficient for all but the largest operations.  The expense comes from finding a certified vendor, who can get the part completed correctly, on time, and according to specifications.  This can come at premium for time-sensitive repairs.  The greatest expense is not the repair of the part, but the decommissioning of the plane for an extended time of service and maintenance.    Unless the repair is a one-time repair, shipping a part for shot-peening services is inefficient.  Thus, managers of aviation repairs must analyze the costs of repairing shot peened parts through a variety of means.   This paper is a decision-makeing outline to help you analyze possible solutions maximizing price and downtime for the repair of OEM shot peened parts.

 

  1. Solutions:
    1. Acquire OEM Part:  Purchase a new part
    2.      Pros:
      1. Quick turn around
    3.     Cons:
      1. Availability is problematic
      2. Cost is exorbitant

 

  1. Off-site FAA Certified Repairs: Sending out the part for repair
    1.      Pros:
      1. Part is done correctly by a FAA certified repair facility.
      2. Fastest fix
    2.     Cons:
      1. Shipping costs
      2. Plane down time
      3. Next repair must be shipped again.
      4. How soon can they get to the part?

 

  1. On-site FAA Certified Repairs: Bringing in someone to the facility to do the work.
    1.    Pros:
      1. Work is done in house, no employee downtime.
      2. Cost effective for numerous parts.
    2.      Cons:
      1. Expensive
      2. Workable for multiple, but expensive for ongoing repairs.

 

  1. Off-site FAA Certified Training of Employee(s): Send an employee to a school
    1.      Pros:
      1. Onsite repairs are possible in the future.
    2.      Cons:
      1. Repairs are only available with the trained employee.
      2. Cost of sending multiple employees is expensive.
      3. Employees are not trained using local shop.
      4. Unknown time between training and work, will he be proficient.
      5. Do they have the latest training procedures used by the major aircraft companies.

 

 

  1. On-site FAA Certified Training of Employee(s): Bring in someone to train and certify employees
    1.     Pros:
      1. Multiple employees are trained.
      2. Training is done in local facility with local tools.
      3. Employees are FAA certified.
      4. Employees are available to do quick turnaround repairs.
    2.      Cons:
      1. Cost can be expensive
      2. Downtime of employees being trained.

 

  1. On-site FAA Certified Training and Repair: Bring in someone to train, certify and work on the part at the same time.
    1.      Pros:
      1. Multiple employees are trained.
      2. Training is done in local facility with local tools.
      3. Employees are FAA certified.
      4. The cost of training is factored into the repair of the part.