How to Optimize Your ERP Using Structured Content

May 21, 2024 | ERP, Flatirons Insight, Flatirons Knowledge Center, Flatirons MRO Edition, Flatirons Pinpoint

Save time and money on each maintenance visit by seamlessly integrating Flatirons Solutions with your legacy enterprise systems

Congratulations on successfully adopting digitization to optimize performance, increase profitability, and restore growth. The added value of adopting structured content puts you in a solid position to manage time-dependent, mission-critical content and information to positively impact your turn times and return assets to revenue service quickly.

Let’s look at the logical next step and examine how MROs can further increase productivity to meet delivery schedule commitments by integrating Flatirons products within your ecosystem, including legacy ERP, maintenance scheduling, spare parts, tooling, and business management solutions.

For over 25 years, Flatirons customers have effectively utilized our Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to effectively integrate our Flatirons Knowledge Center Content Management System (KCS CMS), Flatirons Insight workflow, and Flatirons Pinpoint IETP viewer solutions to exchange information with industry-leading ERP solutions, maintenance planning systems, and spare parts inventory management applications.

Flatirons APIs dynamically interact with the foremost Aerospace OEM technical data and troubleshooting solutions. Pinpoint enhances regulatory compliance accuracy by linking up with advanced configuration management applications that provide up-to-the-minute Service Bulletin (SB), Engineering Order (EO), and Aviation Directive (AD) modification status.

We approach integration in two ways:

  • A customer’s application calls a Flatirons application through a Flatirons API or
  • A Flatirons application calls a customer’s application through the customer’s API.

We use many existing APIs or develop custom APIs to meet customer requirements.

Let’s highlight a few key integrations below.

Visit Creation and Technical Publication Integration Points

  • The solution generates a work package of task cards based on the check definition/forecast numbers called from an ERP. The jobs are sorted in a visit based on the priority order set by the ERP so that the highest priority jobs can be completed first.
  • Technicians can place electronic spare parts orders with an intuitive Pinpoint shopping cart feature inserted into the EIPC and linked to your inventory management systems. Check real-time spare parts availability, stock location, and available alternate parts, then place a spare parts order.
  • You can check compliance to determine the EO status of an engine so that a technician can verify the EO configuration of the engine before starting work. Pinpoint integrates with third-party applications to confirm the compliance status of an engine with a specified Service Bulletin, Aviation Directive, or Engineering project. This includes passing the SB/AD/Project number, Engine Manufacturer Serial Number, and completion date back to the technician for verification.
  • The Pinpoint “GoTo API” allows a third-party application to call Pinpoint and ask Pinpoint to display an EM task (Data Module) or EIPC figure/part information. For example, OEM troubleshooting and fault code-generating applications can call the Pinpoint viewer’s GoTo API and link to the desired information.
  • A quality assurance user can run a report to generate a list of parts that have been removed and installed during the visit. For a given part number and engine ID, the Pinpoint API returns a response validating if the installed part number is approved for the engine serial number.

Do More with Flatirons

Speed up repairs optimize turnaround time, and engine utilization by seamlessly integrating Flatirons APIs with your legacy ERP, MRO, parts inventory systems, tooling, and maintenance planning systems. Because we develop integration points that seamlessly link to your existing business systems, you can rest assured that your previous investments are fully preserved and utilized.

The world’s largest airlines and MRO repair stations use the Flatirons Technical Content Management platform to manage their end-to-end content lifecycle of technical manuals, libraries, engineering orders, service bulletins, task cards, and visit packages. Shouldn’t you?

Contact us to learn more about the Flatirons platform at [email protected].

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