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Is the Holy Grail in sight?(Delta installs new maintenance system)

Delta thinks its new maintenance IT system from CIMLINC may point the way to a long-sought goal

The MRO manager's Holy Grail, an IT solution that can control all of the complexities of aircraft maintenance, remains elusive but Delta Air Lines thinks it may see it glimmering in the distance.

The initial implementation of a shop-floor management system from CIMLINC Inc. of Itasca, Ill., is going very well, says Delta Senior VP-Technical Ray Valeika. "So far we're really encouraged" about the system, which is up and running in the landing gear shop and will be extended to the remainder of the carrier's Atlanta back shops by June.

"Hopefully we'll then expand it into the hangars and line maintenance," Valeika adds. Ultimately, says CIMLINC President and CEO John West, the system will link to digital shop manuals to generate work cards, as well as to the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system that Delta will be implementing throughout the company.

The new shop-floor system is actually an outgrowth of several years of work Delta did with the Maintenance Information Retrieval System it inherited when it acquired Western Airlines (ATW, 3/96). …

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