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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
16 RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 New loan pool program delivers by Andrew Mannix General Manager – Defence Logistics In June 2011, Joint Logistics Command (JLC) and contractor BAE Systems commenced work on an important Army initiative to centralise selected land materiel into loan pools at Townsville, Darwin and Bulimba. The Enhanced Equipment Pools (EEP) program involves JLC assuming control of Unimog trucks, Mack TTW water tankers, RF500 radios and 2.5kva generators to loan to the Army on request. The program aims to better service Brigades by conserving fleet maintenance expenditure through working pools. BAE Systems’ role is to service and repair this materiel. Almost 12 months on, the program is fully in place at Townsville and close to completion at Darwin and Bulimba. Expectations are being exceeded and the availability of equipment is the highest it has ever been, ensuring the Brigades have the necessary equipment when needed. Implementing the program has required BAE Systems to service and repair 338 trucks and 1,100 other items, resulting in close to 22,000 hours of additional repairs being incorporated into already full schedules. All three sites have successfully managed this increase and are meeting, and in many cases exceeding, all targets. This reaffirms BAE Systems’ can-do attitude and capacity to surge labour to support JLC when required. For example, at Townsville, which was the first site to start supporting EEP, 66 per cent of the 120 Unimog trucks needing repair were required by the end of last year. They returned 92 per cent of the trucks to service within the agreed timeframe. At Darwin, the first issue requirement of 20 vehicles was still delivered after the team received, and successfully completed, an urgent repair of 16 vehicles for EEP. Supporting EEP has seen BAE Systems make improvements to its work practices and sites. Learnings from the implementation at each site have also been incorporated, streamlining implementation at the last site, Bulimba. At Darwin, for example, they reconfigured existing facilities, increased trade, warehouse and management resources, and purchased a range of new equipment to improve production, such as a tool to reduce the time taken for changing a tyre on a Unimog truck. The ability for future expansion to cater for any increased EEP demand is now possible. EEP has also benefited from BAE Systems’ Lean program. An outcome of a joint BAE Systems and JLC Lean event at Warradale last year was to raise an excusable delay if the required B-vehicle parts are not available, so vehicles are not unnecessarily brought into workshops and teams can focus on work that can be completed. EEP provided an opportunity to successfully trial this solution, which is now in place at suitable sites around Australia. Another benefit of EEP has been the opportunity for Army mechanic trainees at Townsville to gain experience on different types of equipment. Under the Defence Integrated Distribution Systems (DIDS) contract, BAE Systems provides on-the-job training to Army mechanics, fitters and electronics trainees. The Army and JLC have commended the planning and execution of EEP and the positive results can give Brigades confidence that equipment will be available when needed. BAE Systems looks forward to continuing its behind-the-scenes support of the Brigades across Australia.