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5 Things You Should Know About the Latest S1000D Mandate

Calendar October 1, 2017 | User Charles S. Cunningham | Tag , , , ,

S1000D Mandated? The 5 Things You Should Know About the Latest Mandate

As aviation assets become increasingly complex, and suppliers more diverse, OEMs and operators look to standardize and simplify the flow of technical content from development to distribution. Boeing recently communicated to their supplier network that S1000D compliance is the organization’s goal and strongly encouraged current and future suppliers to move towards producing data in the specification. Boeing also announced an update to their Supplier Technical Data Guide is in development and will call out S1000D Version 4.2 as the most up to date standard for suppliers to follow.  Here are five things you should know about S1000D and the industry’s transition.

What is S1000D?

S1000D is an international XML specification (part of the larger family of S-Series ILS specifications) for the procurement and production of technical publications (aerospace, defense, and capital intensive equipment applications). S1000D helps to standardize data across aircraft manufacturers and programs to facilitate improved maintenance and logistics. This makes the reuse of data easier and more efficient.

Is This Specification New? Why Now?

No, the concept of S1000D emerged during the mid-1990s as an aerospace standard within the Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD).

Boeing and other manufacturers have received considerable interest from customers for maintenance documents and supplier data that is in a standardized format that can be reused easily to increase efficiency.

How Will My Organization Benefit?

OEMs and their suppliers that adopt the specification often benefit from decreased creation, update and management time for publications and IETMs. Most importantly, both parties can benefit from reduced publication costs. For more details on the organizational benefits of making the transition, read our white paper.

How Much Time Do I Have to Become Compliant?

Different manufacturers are working with different timelines. Boeing is expecting suppliers associated with the Boeing 777X program to be compliant by the third quarter of 2018. Thus, other manufacturers may adopt a similar timeline.

What Will a Transition Involve? Where Can I Learn More ?

The transition to S1000D is multifaceted and entails refining internal publishing processes, increasing the skill set of authors through hands-on training and incorporating supporting technologies.

There are many resources on the web that provide in-depth articles about the specification. To learn more, be sure to review the S1000D Council and Steering Committee website.

Next week we will explore 5 Steps You Should Take to Prepare for Mandated S1000D Adoption. These steps will help your team stay ahead of the curve during the industry’s transition. If you would like to get started and take the first step, please fill the form below to request an assessment.

 

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