The Workshop Planning and Logistics (WPL) department is one of the departments in the Directorate of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services. It was designed to carry out maintenance of all faulty CNS/ATM facilities and oversee research, statistics, planning and logistical movement of CNS/ATM spare parts and equipments to different locations in order to ensure continuous and consistent performance and increased operational efficiency of NAMA. Over the years, the department has continued to carefully carry out these functions to sustain the Agency’s field operations thereby ensuring compliance to the ICAO safety standards and meeting agency’s requirements despite organisational challenges.
The vision of the department is not separate from NAMA’S vision but staffs of the department are guided by the following vision;
• To create continuous operational change that will rank NAMA among the best ANSPs globally, by setting standards and adopting best industry practices.
Specifically, the department is not all about repairs but it carries out the following amongst other duties;
Ø Equipment Maintenance (Workshop)
Ø Spare Parts Administration
Ø Data Management
Ø Quality Assurance
Ø PCB Production
Ø Circuit Modification
Ø Training (Internal and External)
The above functions are managed under five structured sub-units of the department and supervised by Head of Departments. The sub-units are Workshop, Engineering Laboratory, Data Management, Research/Statistics and Logistics.
1. CENTRAL ELECTRONIC WORKSHOP
The unit carry out the following activities.
· Repairs of faulty modules from outstations
· Inspection and acceptance of some modules, equipment and photocopiers into NAMA CNS stores.
· Withdrawal of some NAVAIDS spare parts from CNS stores on request from out stations and distribution to the stations.
· Inventory of Items in CNS store was taken periodically.
· Internal training of IT students
· Quality control of equipment
· Equipment Spare Parts Administration
2. PLANNING UNIT
· Plan Maintenance of all CNS Facilities
· Evaluation of Faults / problems reported by outstation
· Plan stock of spares
· Plan over view of NAVAIDS and Communication facilities
· Plan the procedure for effective logging of all CNS facilities
3. RESEARCH AND LOGISTICS UNIT
The following activities are carried out by the unit.
· On-going research on the effect of AIM project
· On- going research on NDB
· On-going research on Frequency Jamming
· Statistical analysis on the CNS facilities for research purposes.
· Request for collection of CNS manuals for CNS Library from Departments
· Collection of Station addresses on Galaxy network for CNS facilities daily report.
· CNS facilities performance assessment for a period of three month from January to March 2011.
· Research on the navigational ground facilities for PBN operation.
Clearing of CNS spare Parts and Equipment
Distributions of CNS spare parts and equipment to user stations
Coordinate site delivery of CNS Spare parts and Equipment
5. ENGINEERING LABORATORY
The following activities are carried out by the above unit
· Research into the factors of frequent equipment failures eg ACC 54 power supply modules of Navigational facilities and proffer solutions
· Design and fabrication of Printed Circuit Board to make proffered solutions possible.
· Where necessary and possible make equipment modification to achieve better performance.
· Implementable solution that would drastically reduce equipment Down Time (DT), Reduction in maintenance cost and positive impact on equipment service life.
· Design of an interface to ACC-54 which would eliminate frequent failure.
· Design and fabrication of test Jigs, fixtures and methodologies to make tests and repairs effective and quicker.
· Printed Circuit Fabrication training for staff of WPL department.
· Collaborative equipment maintenance and repairs with the workshop.
· Training of IT student.
6 DATA MANAGEMENT AND DOCUMENTATION
The unit is involved in the following activities. Documentation of NAVAID installations
· Maintaining an automated data bank for all CNS equipment at all stations
· Calibration record for Navigational aids facilities.
· Document all CNS maintenance activities of the directorate from all stations
· The unit Collate daily, weekly and monthly status reports of CNS facilities from stations in hard copies, analyze, generate statistical data from the reports and distribute same to all stakeholders (DSEES, MD and NCAA, etc) in electronic copies.
· The unit prepared a BUSINESS CASE for the AUTOMATED MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMMS) as part of the departments drive to re-engineer and automate the operational processes of the department initially and the ATSES directorate in general in conformity with international standards and best practices.
· In order to enable us carry out a comprehensive status report of all CNS facilities, a sample CHECKLIST was prepared and forwarded for approval.
Technology is changing dramatically and in a fast pace as well. Therefore, the department is looking inwards to optimize the available resources to the advantage of the Agency. Consequently, the department is looking closely into two key areas intended to enhance operational safety and improve the Agency’s revenue generation.
1. PCB PRODUCTION:
The WPL department is currently partnering with Mega Electronics, United Kingdom, a foreign company to acquire and install a mini Printed Circuit Board (PCB) plant for the production of PCB for the specific needs of the Agency. The intention is to maintain and sustain the operation of equipment whose spare parts are no longer produced by the manufacturer but can still be available for service. Apart from meeting the Agency’s maintenance needs, the PCB plant is intended to commercially cater for the huge electronic market at Oshodi, Alaba international and the general public. Further, the Agency would be saving huge money if foreign currencies. The training aspect would offer tailor made training to corporate organizations and individuals on PCB design and production for a fee to be determined.
2. MAINTENANCE AUTOMATION:
The department is working in collaboration with the ICT department on Automated Maintenance Management System (AMMS). This system is intended to give an overview of operational status of ATSEES facilities where ever located using the VSAT. When operational, the ATSEP sitting at the control center will have on-the-spot access to all operational procedures going on at the different work sites including the personnel working at site, the specific job being carried, order for spares if necessary and offer maintenance advice as the case may be. The aim is to enhance safety and reduce equipment operational downtime in the event of failures.
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