The constant improvement of cost effectiveness remains fundamental to the preservation and improvement of the availability and functioning of the weapon systems.
Cost transparency as part of Lifecycle Cost Management (LCCM) requires a common understanding by all stakeholders of the structure and content of elements that generate costs. This is achieved by producing a precise definition of the cost structure and the types of costs defined in the LCCM.
The logistic strategy describes a concept for the operational and support services. This is the basis for the planning, implementation and documentation of the logistical support, including the necessary resources.
Service levels are defined operational and support services. The services that should be provided by the public contracting authority and those that should be provided by the industry must be decided as part of the development and adaptation of the logistical strategy.
Simulations and modelling are used by ESG to support you in:
The Project-related Logistic Concept (PLK) contains the detailed information for the planning, implementation and coordination of the necessary Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) elements. The PLK must first be created in the analysis phase. It must be updated throughout the lifecycle.
The equipment maintenance concept (MEK) applies to statements about the possibilities and restrictions of maintenance. The equipment maintenance strategy for operation determines the required repair levels and the activities to be carried out by the user.
The MEK is developed and is as part of the Logistics Support Analysis (LSA), and is continuously adapted over the product lifecycle. It includes:
Standards used: MIL-STD-1388-1A, MIL-STD-1388-2B, ASD S3000L, DEF-0060 and MIL-PRF-49506
The device maintenance concept (GIK) applies a statement of the individual equipment maintenance measures to each module/ Line Repairable Unit (LRU). This statement is based on the regulations of the Bundeswehr.
The GIK contains the following information:
Fleet readiness devices the technical condition and the capability of technical devices as well as ground and air vehicles. The readiness indicates the currently available stock. This is significantly influenced by:
Maintenance plans are used for scheduling time-based and/or performance-based maintenance measures. A maintenance message is generated for scheduled maintenance dates, from which a maintenance order is created.
Non-coordinated maintenance plans lead to overstretched or overlapping maintenance cycles, which can have a negative effect on the readiness of a fleet.
Areas of activity:
Obsolescence is the unavailability, either pending or actual, of devices, components, equipment items, resources, processes, services and/or knowledge.
Obsolescence strategy - selection criteria:
Ensures the successful implementation of missions/tasks
Ensures the operational readiness of a platform/subsystem for a defined time period
Ensures that the equipment or service is readily available and serviceable
Ensures an acceptable logistical response time for e.g. delivery times, repair times
Purchasing of spare parts, tools and services such as repairs by employing the following
Technical logistics consulting services (TLB)
Development technical support services (ETB)
Maintenance agreement (IRV)
Traditional support ensures that the product
The PBL agreement ensures an acceptable logistical response time for delivery times, repair times, etc.
In the case of traditional support, the cost of spare parts and repairs are known. However, the availability of repairs and capacity to deliver are not guaranteed. The contracting authority remains responsible for the demand forecast for spare parts and detailed maintenance planning:
This PBL agreement ensures that the required equipment or service is readily available and can be used at all times. Services such as warehousing, purchasing and supplies of spare parts are transferred to the contractor. This in return ensures the availability of the service.
Predicting how often parts are defective, must be purchased or must be repaired, as well as supply chain management, are difficult issues and are not the core competence of a contracting authority.
This PBL agreement ensures the deployment readiness of a platform/subsystem, without technical shortcomings, for a defined time period as a percentage.
The contractor operates and supports a platform/subsystem. The contracting authority focuses on a product and a functionality, and commissions a partner who takes care of the product Support.
This PBL agreement ensures the successful implementation of missions/tasks with the platform/subsystem being used.
The contractor provides the operation and support of a platform/subsystem. The contracting authority focuses on a product and a functionality, and commissions a partner who takes care of the product Support.
The exact requirements of the product support system must be are defined in the contracts, including the bonus/malus system. This implies the transparent control/monitoring of the global supply chain.
The PBL approach ensures the sustainable maintenance of operational readiness and capabilities. Because the industry and the contracting authority share common objectives, a "win-win" situation results.
PBL strategies have demonstrated a number of advantages in recent years when they have been used according to requirements.
Forecasting ability is an integral part of the awareness and assessment capability of the project manager in BAAINBw to ensure a high level of preparedness and deployment readiness of the fleet. The fundamental basics of forecasting ability are:
High data quality is essential for forecasting ability. The fill level and plausibility of the collected data are the basic factors for the creation of a forecast.
Feedback data in this context means the information that ESG receives from the operation, maintenance and equipment management of weapons systems.
Evaluation logic / analysis logic are required to process data automatically and to produce results that are correct. The logics are implemented in tools to ensure standardized and consistent data Analysis.
The transparency of the operational behaviour of the systems/devices is an essential criterion for the operational readiness of a fleet in order to make equipment maintenance decisions based on technical and economic criteria.
Ensuring the availability of spare parts and replacement parts is a task that must not be underestimated. Outage time and downtime of machinery and devices owing to spare parts that cannot be procured or can only be procured after a long delay can affect the success of the operation decisively.
ESG ensures the effective availability and/or stocking of spare parts and controls obsolescence in a targeted way.
How many spare parts are needed when and where?
ESG uses cost-efficient methods for spare parts optimisation.
The product life cycle uses a functional model and specific phases to describe the path of a product from beginning to end. There are a variety of life cycle models.
ILS / IPS is responsible for the development of the logistics concept and the definition of the logistical requirements in the analysis phase. The concept is primarily based on the operational requirements and the operational concept.
The implementation phase is the validation of the technical solution and the subsequent timely delivery for production of this solution to the user, including the associated logistical products.
In the implementation phase, ILS / IPS supports System Engineering and is responsible for providing all logistical products. This includes:
The aim of the utilisation phase is the utilisation of the technical solution. All measures must be taken in this phase for preserving or restoring operational capability and readiness. The measures must be aligned with the operational and economic objectives.
Standard Application Software Product Families (SASPF) is software that has been derived from the standard SAP software and specially adapted for the Bundeswehr (german military). In the meantime, all airborne weapon systems, as well as other systems, operate within SASPF.
ESG supports the Bundeswehr and civilian service providers in data preparation, master data management and data quality management during migration or in operation.
Logistics based on utilisation is an essential contribution to the operational readiness of the armed forces and requires the involvement of the economy.
ESG provides support in this context, including in the creation of installation packages in the construction or dismantling of deployment infrastructure (e.g. equipment lock operation), importation and repatriation of equipment, storage and transportation and recycling selection.
ESG is developing innovative concepts for future issues, as well as in the field of distribution logistics with drones.
All the (technical and logistical) skills and competences that are necessary for drone utilisation and drone defence are united under one roof in ESG.
A comprehensive approach is therefore successful for drone systems, from development and consulting to testing and operation.
ESG has been supporting the public contracting authority for decades through consulting and support services in the logistics field.
ESG provides documentation services for military and civilian aviation. The service is provided for descriptive documentation and spare parts documentation.
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The aim of ILS is to develop appropriate support concepts with low lifecycle costs.
In accordance with ASD SX000i, ESG offers the following portfolio elements:
An LSA is a structured approach to the definition, analysis and quantification of logistical support services, as well as to the timely influencing of the product design in order to facilitate maintainability and to reduce life cycle costs.
Support for projects/products over the entire life cycle
Maintained Standards: MIL-STD-1388-1A, MIL-STD-1388-2B, ASD S3000L, DEF-0060 and MIL-PRF-49506
The problems and tasks in the LCCM context are diverse and usually involve weapon systems. However, processes may also be involved, as may phases in the lifecycle of a product. The "Lifecycle cost management in the Bundeswehr (german military) through all CPM phases" regulation forms the basic Bundeswehr guideline.
The following principles must be observed in the effective application of LCCM
A logistic concept is a basic principle that can underlie a logistics system.
ESG supports the Bundeswehr in both logistics and projects across all Customer Product Management (CPM) phases, and also supports the industry and other authorities, for example in the development of innovative concepts for future projects, such as Distribution Logistics using drones.
Project-specific logistic concepts (PLK)
Equipment maintenance concepts (MEK)
Device maintenance concepts (GIK)
Concepts in the context of logistic deviation analyses
All concepts are closely related or are based on the results of configuration management and the Logistics Support Analysis (LSA).
Simulation enables the analysis of operational scenarios, taking account of alternative logistics strategies. In addition, the related costs can be estimated. Reliable statements for making an informed decision can only be derived from this combination.
ESG supports your customers on the question of: "What logistics strategy is optimal for operation?"
Material management or equipment administration deals with the management and the temporal, quantitative, qualitative and, in some cases, spatial planning and control of equipment movements within an operation and between the operation and its environment.
ESG coordinates the flow of goods between suppliers, customers, consumers and the warehouses. This makes ESG the logistics service provider for the material management of spare parts for the government and industry devices and systems. The Supply Chain Management for centralised and decentralised warehousing, including performance control, bottleneck management, forecasting and simulation is our focus.
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ESG and its network have many years of experience in obsolescence management.
The risks and costs of obsolescence can be minimised through strategic management by ESG and the appropriate strategy.
ESG supports numerous Bundeswehr weapons systems through proactive obsolescence management within the framework of technical logistics support.
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For ESG, product monitoring means the collection, processing and analysis of operational and maintenance data of more complex weapons systems.
Data preparation and data analysis form the basis for the information, proposals, reports and data that ESG provides to its customers. In detail, this can be:
High data quality is the basis for solid failure rate analysis and forecasting.
ESG applies diverse data checks and procedures in order to achieve such Quality.
As part of device and system engineering, ESG ensures the operation and availability of devices, subject to the legal provisions.
The aim of a hazard assessment is to identify the measures necessary for the safe deployment and use of work equipment in accordance with the occupational safety and health act and the German ordinance on hazardous substances and general principles.
In particular, hazards which are associated with the use of the work equipment itself, and which are brought about at the workplace as a result of the interaction of the work equipment when used in conjunction with each other or with the substances used or the surrounding working environment, must be taken into account in the hazard assessment.
The environmental impact assessment (UVA) demonstrates the environmental loads that can be expected during the development, use and disposal of a product.
Functional safety (FuSi) refers to the safety part of a system that depends on the correct functioning of the systems and external facilities.
The manufacturer or EU importer uses the CE marking to declare "that the product meets the applicable requirements, which are laid down in the Community harmonisation legislation that deals with the application of these requirements."
System master data analysis covers all strategic, organisational, methodological and technological activities in relation to the master data of an organisation.Master data are the important basic data of a company in data processing, which are not modified over a certain time.
ESG supports the customer in improving the quality of its data in order to optimise business processes and to minimise costs. The aim is to ensure the maximisation and long-term safeguarding of data quality, as well as to ensure cross-system and cross-application data consistency.
A study is a scientific investigation of a single issue.
ESG primarily executes technical and non-technical investigations involving logistical and technical tasks for the Federal Government and industry.
A tool is a system program or a utility program, and is therefore an application for computer to perform digital and automated processes.
ESG support processing personnel with tools in the field and in the tasks of hazard assessment, codification, equipment management, etc.
OSIMA®: Hazard assessment
N-CORE: Codification and cataloguing of NATO equipment
MDNpro: Equipment management system
APART: S2000M content management system
QuILS: Equipment maintenance activities
InfoZoom®: Evaluation and analysis tool
OSIMA® is the intelligent software solution for creating and documenting your risk assessment.
A well thought out, structured approach will relieve you of unnecessary administrative work. In addition to this facilitation, OSIMA® also improves the quality and efficiency of your occupational safety and Organisation.
An integrated law database, which is unique on the market, also supports you in the monitoring of and compliance with all statutory regulations.
N-CORE is the leading solution for the worldwide codification of military equipment for NATO coding bureaux, armed Services, the public Domain and industry.
N-CORE is an easy-to-use, web-based information system, which is based on the rules and procedures of the NATO Classification System (NCS) as per the ACodP-1 specifications NATO manual.
It supports all national and international codification processes and enables decentralized database maintenance. N-CORE consists of a core system, which covers the most important and essential codification processes and a wide range of additional modules, such as a certified standard interface to SAP and interface to MAXIMO.
Together with MDN, ESG operates its own equipment management system and uses its own software solution to control facilities such as the central Bundeswehr spare parts warehouse, A400M equipment management and the decentralised air force federal warehouse.
APART is a content management system to create and manage materiel management data according to the specification ASD S2000M. It is adapted for both, data creation at the defence industry as well as data observation and further processing at the armed forces.
APART permits efficient management of multilingual and voluminous materiel management projects with complex data structure. The creation of S1000D-IPD-data modules, generation of spare parts lists as well as extensive import/export-functionalities allows an integrated use of the material management data in your ILS development process.
Project specific quality rules ensure that all data is complete, consistent and according to the requirements of the guidance document.
APART supports the national regulations to ASD S2000M (DB Spec) of the german armed forces and provides exchange of codification data with national codification bureaus like the german “Logistikkommando der Bundeswehr”.
The intelligent linking of units of information – based on ASD S1000D – about spare parts, tools, personnel qualifications and repair times offers transparent representation and control of equipment maintenance activities.
The use of Interactive Electronic Technical Publication (IETP) supports users in effective documentation research. Paired with logistical functionality and quality-secured data exchange, this opens up significant potential for optimisation.
The customer is supported in this by QuILS retrieval, the documentation and logistics resource management solution from the ESG logistical product family. Equipment maintenance activities and spare parts catalogues are integrated into upstream, complementary and subordinate logistical processes, thereby highlighting cost savings and ensuring more effective and efficient repairs.
ESG uses the InfoZoom® tool for the evaluation and analysis of bulk data, making it possible to view any quantity of data at the press of a button and ensuring transparent and uniform comprehension of the data for all stakeholders. It enables flexible and quick selections, as well as targeted ad hoc evaluations. The customer receives answers to questions that had not yet come into focus – new correlations are uncovered within the data.
The term training is a general term for all processes that bring about a change in development.
As a software and systems company, ESG offers a range of products that are tailored to customers' needs. In addition to development and a user help desk, users are trained and educated by our trainers to ensure that they are able to make more effective use of their applications and tools.