Integrated Logistics Elements

This article briefly describes eight major elements of integrated logistics, as defined by Dr. Ben Blanchard.

Supply Support

Supply support (spare/repair parts and associated inventories) includes all service parts (repairable units, assemblies, modules, etc.), repair parts (non-repairable components), consumables (liquids, lubricants, disposable items) special supplies, and related inventories needed to maintain the prime mission-related equipment, computers and software, test and support equipment, transportation and handling equipment, training equipment, and facilities.

Maintenance & Support Personnel

Personnel required for installation, checkout, and sustaining maintenance and support of the system, its prime mission-related elements and the other elements of support (e.g., test equipment, transportation and handling equipment, and facilities).

Includes personnel at all levels, mobile teams, and operators at test facilities and calibration laboratories.

Training and Training Support

Includes all personnel, equipment, facilities, data/documentation, and associated resources necessary for the training of system operational and maintenance personnel, to include both initial and replenishment training.

Includes training equipment (e. g., simulators, mockups, special devices), data, and software.

Test, measurement, handling, and support equipment

Includes all tools, condition monitoring equipment, diagnostic and checkout equipment, special test equipment, metrology and calibration equipment, maintenance fixtures and stands, and special handling equipment required to support all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance actions.

Packaging, handling, storage/ warehousing, and transportation

Includes all materials, equipment, special provisions, containers (reusable and disposable), and supplies necessary to support the packaging, preservation, storage, handling, and/or transportation of the prime mission-related elements of the system including personnel, spares and repair parts, test and support equipment, technical data, software, and mobile facilities.

Maintenance Facilities

Includes all facilities required to support the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance actions at all levels.

Physical plant, portable buildings, mobile vans, housing, intermediate-level maintenance shops, calibration laboratories, and special repair shops (depot, overhaul, material suppliers) must be considered.

Computer resources (hardware and software)

Includes all computers, associated software, interfaces, and the networks necessary to support scheduled and unscheduled activities at each level of maintenance.

Technical data, information systems and database structures

Technical data may include system installation and checkout procedures, operating and maintenance instruction, inspection, and calibration procedures, overhaul instructions, facilities data, modification instructions, engineering design data (specifications, drawings, materials and parts lists, digital data), supplier data, and logistics provisioning and procurement data that are necessary in the performance of system development, production, operation, maintenance, and retirement functions.

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