DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich.—Army Materiel Command’s Gen. Edward M. Daly visited the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center and TACOM last week to get a firsthand look at the latest developments of the Army’s Prognostic and Predictive Maintenance (PPMx) capabilities.
The PPMx initative is expected to bring the Army maintenance process into the 21st century by automating many Soldier activities currently done manually.
“Leaders view PPMx as streamlining the process and returning time to commanders and Soldiers in the field,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Nickie R. Cudjoe, Senior Technical Advisor at Ground Vehicle Systems Center, who walked Gen. Daly through GVSC’s latest developments.
PPMx tools provide self-diagnosis and alerts regarding the operational status and maintenance needs of Army vehicles and weapons systems. The Army’s PPMx program will deliver a comprehensive maintenance system that provides end-to-end data as far as a system’s health and usage to enable data-driven decisions at all echelons.
“Prognostic and Predictive Maintenance provides enhanced diagnostic and prognostic capabilities using accurate and actionable health and usage data collected from Army platforms,” said Ken Fischer, GVSC RAM & Test Division Chief.
“The Army has developed PPMx analytical tools and techniques through multiple pilot programs over the past decade, but access to accurate platform data remains our biggest challenge,” he said.
Gen. Daly communicated clear and concise guidance to GVSC engineers including improving upon PPMx technology and processes for the Army with minimal impact and disruption to operators and maintainers.
GVSC’s work is contributing to the development of new Army policies for implementing PPMx operations into all Department of Defense Acquisition Category I programs.