Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 4

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Better logistics and maintenance

Life cycle integration and digital, interactive manuals point toward the future

By Dragan Vasiljevic

There is no doubt that in the last 15 years logistics engineering has been exposed to intense impacts from the development of information and communication technology, especially computer networks, mobile and wireless applications, and electronic commerce. If we reviewed all the results of these impacts, then certainly these improvements have resulted in better data and knowledge sharing and coordination of logistics operations. The process of data sharing for maintenance in a life cycle integration environment is reflected in the concept of the interactive electronic technical manual, a contemporary approach to diagnosing technical systems and using the Web to train maintenance technicians through distance learning and the electronic transfer of knowledge.

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