Core Automated Maintenance System (CAMS) at the Flightline: Nellis AFB Structured Study Test Report
Interim rept. Apr 2002-Jul 2003
DAYTON UNIV OH RESEARCH INST
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One data collection system the US Air Force uses to capture all aircraft maintenance actions is the Core Automated Maintenance System CAMS. Infrastructure and hardware are in place at Nellis AFB for CAMS to be used via a mobile device on the flightline. The mobile system at Nellis AFE is referred to as the Nellis AFE CAMS at the Flightline system. This document describes a usability test conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of Dayton Research Institute at Nellis AFB The test assessed the Nellis AFB CAMS at the Flightline system accessing CAMS via two different modes. These modes of maintenance documentation were 1 a portable laptop accessing CAMS via wireless frequency and 2 the desktop device accessing CAMS via wired network. The conditions tested included 1 opening work orders, 2 listing open work orders, and 3 closing work orders in both the stationary CAMS condition and in the mobile CAMS condition. This study focused on the differences and similarities between the stationary CAMS and mobile CAMS access methods, as well as the usability of each. Significant time savings are realized by use of the mobile system when required travel time is included as part of the overall task however, when time required for the additional logon required in the mobile condition is included in the analysis, no significant time savings are observed for the mobile system as compared to the stationary method. The additional sign-on time is identified as the key factor precluding significant time savings when using the mobile system.
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