What Is S3000L?
S3000L focuses on integrated logistic support (ILS) activities, and more strictly on logistic support analysis. It is part of a series of specifications put forward by the ASD (Aerospace and Defence Industry), which also includes S1000D, S2000M, S4000P, etc. All these specifications touch upon the design and development of complex systems and include all the elements necessary to sustain them, including operational documentation, maintenance and supply documentation, training, maintenance plans, tools, centralized database…
Thus, each one of these standards has its own specific scope of action. As for the S3000L standard, it aims to:
- Regulate and document global logistic support analyses, as well as the interactions between various activities and fields by making the data exchange processes more straightforward.
- Itemize the coordination of integrated logistic support activities and logistic support analysis together with other functions inherent to a company, including research and development, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, etc.
- Provide concrete indications as to how integrated logistic support requirements can be met, particularly by suggesting several implementation models.
According to the specifications of the S3000L standard, LSA (Logistic Support Analysis) mainly aims to implement a thoroughly justified maintenance plan which strictly follows specific steps of explanation, justification, and validation based on safety assessments.
These assessments also make it possible to define the different support elements, such as technical publications to oversee maintenance tasks and all the information required in the context of training and spare parts supply (illustrated index, etc.).
Besides maintenance plans, S3000L provides ample information surrounding the product support frame of reference produced by LSA, its configuration, and its and its consistency with the main system.
It also describes the various data modules and characteristics that will sustain and feed the technical data necessary for all maintenance activities, be it from a reliability standpoint or based on design, storage, delivery, etc. All this information has become mandatory to run the more recent, increasingly complex programs.
To sum up, the S3000L specification for logistic support federates all the activities pertaining to any product or system, from its inception to the very end of its life and every single step in between, including development, operation, maintenance, optimization, improvement, and scrapping. Ultimately, S3000L deals with every element that could impact its industrial use.
Thus, there exist various stages in the S3000L LSA process which come into existence through:
- The SLA Process
This process consists in a series of analyses based on data relating to operation and system support requirements, on configuration standards and on the tree structure that derives from the design.
- The Logistical Tree Structure
This tree structure is the translation of the product breakdown into a tree structure relevant to maintenance. This approach remains complicated as it shows various requirements and a different purpose in terms of conception as far as the design office is concerned.
- The Selection of the LSA Candidate
The list of LSA candidates is subjected to an action-oriented selection process based on matrices of value, depending on a number of eligibility criteria.
Within this process, value is awarded to the candidate based on support objectives and on the effort required for the analysis to be carried out.
- The Selection of the LSA Analysis Tasks
Starting from the list of successful LSA candidates, the type of analysis will need to be selected based on an index suggested by the S3000L specification logistic support solution.
A summary will be carried out, which will make it possible to assess the effort required and to determine the workload for the corresponding analysis.
- Triggering Events Analysis
At the very first stages of a system’s inception, not everything is absolutely set in stone. The project could even be incomplete, which means that the maintenance plan is still in a draft state.
S3000L allows this step to affect – for each of the system’s elements – one or more triggering elements or events required by the maintenance process for said element.
These triggering events can be naturally occurring ones (failure or outage, damage, preventative) or based on needs (corrective or preventive maintenance, or both) and on the origin of the analysis.
- LSA Studies
In order to carry out the analysis itself, it is necessary to define its form and its content – which is to say that document templates will need to be provided for every type of analysis – to use the logistic tree structure selected, to identify the connection between the analyses, and to optimize efforts on value-added analyses.
- LSA Progress Conference
This is when the progress of the LSA and BLSA project is shared with the client and when the results of the analysis are consolidated within the BLSA.
The Benefits of S3000L for TechPub
There are multiple connections between S1000D and S3000L, although they can all ultimately be summed up quite simply:
- The information provided by S3000L makes it possible to generate Procedural Data Modules automatically, be it at the level of support information (tooling, ingredients, staff, duration…), or the description of the various steps for a given task, requiring the collection of sub-tasks and their concatenation within the content.
- S3000L information allows users to generate the replacement part automatically by generating IPD Data Modules in a similarly automated manner.
- S3000L ensures that the coherence is maintained regarding the definition and the evolution of the tasks and the replacement information within the product’s life cycle between logistical activities and support and maintenance activities.
In addition, the impact of S3000L does not only affect Tech Pub and S1000D data. It also makes it possible to store and to convey all manner of basic information, be it physical, hierarchical, about maintainability, reliability, or relating to the financial aspect of supplies used in the S2000M provisioning process.