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Depot Maintenance Initiatives

What is it?
Depot maintenance is the highest level of maintenance performed on materiel. It consists of a major overhaul or a complete rebuild of parts, assemblies, subassemblies, and end items in order to return the equipment condition to the Army standard. Depot maintenance production is distributed to units with equipment shortages based on Army priorities and supports unit readiness by improving materiel availability and reliability.

Depot maintenance initiatives are adapting processes, policies, and procedures to change business practices so the depot maintenance program can more effectively and efficiently support an expeditionary Army. These initiatives are continuous in nature.

What has the Army done?
The Army's five organic maintenance depots have instituted a robust process improvement program utilizing the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology. In FY07, the depots were awarded 12 Shingo public sector awards for their successful application of LSS in increasing their operational efficiencies. These efforts reduced the cost of depot maintenance operations as well as equipment repair cycle times. Since a reduction in repair cycle time decreases the amount of time equipment is not available to the Soldier, these process changes have directly contributed to improving equipment readiness.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's depots will continue to build on their initial successes and perform LSS events across the entire spectrum of maintenance operations. In addition, as part of the 360 Degree Readiness initiative, the Army has begun a series of LSS process improvement efforts at the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) level. These improvement efforts will address the planning, programming and execution oversight processes and will synchronize the depot maintenance enterprise with the Army Force Generation process.

Why is this important to the Army?
Depot maintenance is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that improves equipment readiness for the Army. At the depot level, more efficient processes have resulted in improved material availability at reduced cost. At the HQDA level, improved processes have provided decision makers with better data in order to apply depot maintenance dollars in the areas that will most effectively support the Army's equipment needs.

POC: Mr. Dennis Brogan (703) 614-0811

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