Man-Machine Interface Concepts for an Advanced Integrated Maintenance Information System
Final rept. May 1985-Mar 1986
APPLIED SCIENCE ASSOCIATES INC BUTLER PA
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The Air Force Human Resources Laboratory is developing the Integrated Maintenance Information System IMIS. The purpose of this system is to consolidate all of the various information systems used in Air Force maintenance into a single set of hardware, software, and protocols. The IMIS will increase productivity by reducing the amount of training required for technicians to be able to access the full set of maintenance data and by making a wider range of data readily available to each technician. This paper explores the man-machine interface requirements of a system such as IMIS. By extrapolating current hardware and software trends into the future, it predicts the types of user- friendly features that will probably be available when the IMIS is fully implemented. It catalogs the types of information that need to be contained in such a maintenance information system. It outlines the relationships among the individual informational elements. It describes the data-processing functional requirements that should be present to process information in the system. It describes display formats for presenting each class of data and illustrates each format. It describes the interactive capabilities that must be incorporated to permit the technician to operate the system easily and effectively.
- Information Science