Paper-based technical manuals are expensive to produce and maintain, difficult to update and modify, and bulky and inflexible in the field. They are fast approaching their practical limit in coping with the complexity of modern Air Force weapons systems. The next 10 to 15 years hold the promise of a revolution, triggered by emerging technologies, in the production and presentation of aircraft maintenance information. This report describes a vision of integrated and electronically based maintenance information support in the future, and suggests the specific research and development goals necessary to achieve that vision. The report identifies a number of emerging technologies which will enable maintenance instructions to be created and managed more efficiently, and used more effectively, than they are now. Outlined herein are the essential advancements in applicable field needed to migrate from a costly and cumbersome world of paper production to the lean world of digital production and delivery. Success in these pursuits will bring enormous benefits both within the economy of human-centered design technology for concurrent engineering and in the performance of maintenance personnel.
Final rept. Oct 1992-Feb 1993
Prepared in cooperation with Dimock Associates, Springtown, TX.