LORA: Level Of Repair Analysis & Optimization
BQR’s LORA (Level of Repair Analysis) optimization tool identifies the level of repair (repair or discard) for each assembly, and defines at which level (maintenance site) the assembly should be repaired. It also recommends the spare parts’ warehouse location policy, such as central, forward, and distributed models.
LORA is an analytical methodology used to determine when an item should be repaired, replaced or disposed of. In the case of a complex engineering system, which contains thousands of assemblies, sub-assemblies and components, organized into several levels of indenture and with a several repair options, LORA aims to determine optimal repair and maintenance, to minimize overall life-cycle costs.
Logistics personnel examines not only the cost of the part to be replaced, repaired or discarded, but all of the criteria required to ensure optimal maintenance. This includes the personnel skill level and number, tools which perform the task, test equipment, and facilities such as depots or maintenance sites which house the entire operation.
Oftentimes, the LORA process discovers that replacing a $3.00 part actually costs hundreds of times that amount. LORA determines whether it is more cost effective to discard an item or attempt to repair it.