Dynamic Capacity Analysis and Planning (DCAP)

Period of Performance: 08/24/2015 - 05/24/2016

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
1408 University Drive East Array
College Station, TX 77840
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT:Today?s depot maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) organizations routinely receive requests to undertake pressing workload for which there is no formally designated source of repair or for which the specified source of repair has insufficient capacity. Potential respondents must assess whether they have the necessary capabilities to perform the work and, if so, whether they have the capacity to meet production requirements. Both steps can be very labor- and time-intensive, both for the analysts in the business office as well as for production management, engineering, and shop floor technicians. The goal of the Dynamic Capacity Analysis and Planning (DCAP) effort is to define a methodology to enable real-time capability and capacity assessment especially when there is a lack of planning data. Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. proposes that this process can be streamlined first by establishing a common method and tools to support both capability and capacity analysis and second by providing a staged development of the needed capabilities. Ultimately, with adequate data support, these tools could be leveraged at headquarters for dynamic determination of available capacity across complexes, a practice that would eliminate the duplication of effort in preparing bids.BENEFIT:The main benefits of the DCAP research include 1) cycle-time reduction, 2) cost reduction, and 3) on-time schedule performance. However applying the capabilities that are envisioned under this project on a broader scale can yield even greater potential benefits: ? Greater success in new workload acquisition efforts; ? Straightforward way to quantify return on investment (ROI) for capital purchases, certification training, and new hires; and ? Improved promise date performance.