Logistics as a set of activities of linking the producers and consumers has good many functional elements. Professor Benjamin S. Blanchard in his title. LOGISTICS, ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT has given a beautiful account of each which is worthwhile to go through.
These elements are:
Interactive planning, organisation and management activities are necessary to ensure that logistics requirements for any given program are properly coordinated and implemented. Initial planning and analysis lead to the establishment of requirements for logistics and the overall support of the system throughout its life cycle.
Maintenance planning for those activities related to the reverse flow convinces with the definition of maintenance concept and continues through supportability analysis to the ultimate development of a maintenance plan.
A comprehensive logistics plan needs to be implemented through the establishment and control functions to ensure that the plan is properly carried out.
The personal required to perform unique logistics and system maintenance activities are covered in this category.
Such activities include the initial provision and procurement of items of support, production related logistics functions, the installation and checkout of the system and its elements at the user’s operational sites customer service functions, the sustaining support of the system throughout its planned period of use, and those functions required for the retirement and recycling or disposal of material.
Personnel at all levels of maintenance mobile teams, and operation or maintenance at special test facilities and calibration laboratories are included. It is important to include only those who can be directly attributed to the support of that system in evaluation of a particular system.
This category includes all personnel, equipment, facilities data or documentation and associated resources necessary for the training of operational and maintenance personnel to include both initial and replenishment or replacement training.
Training equipment say simulators, mock-ups, special devices, training manuals and computer resources Software are developed and utilized as necessary to support the day-to-day-site training, distance education of a more formal nature.
This elements covers all spares say, repairable units, assemblies, modules and the like, repair parts say, non-repairable pasts or components, Censurable, liquids, lubricants, gases disposable items special supplies, and related inventories needed to maintain the prime mission related equipment computers and software, test and support equipment, transportation and handling equipment, training equipment, communications equipment and facilities or utilities.
Spares or repair parts are required throughout the system operational share and in support of the retirement and recycling or disposal of system components.
This category covers all computers, associated software connecting components, net works, and interfaces necessary to support the day-to-day flow of information for all logistics functions, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities and special monitoring and reporting requirements such as those pertaining to CAD/CAM/CAS data the implementation of condition monitoring programs and in support of system diagnostic capabilities.
Technical data may include system installation and check out procedures operating and maintenance instructions inspection and calibration procedures, overhaul instruction, facilities data, system modification’s engineering data such as specifications, drawings, materials and parts list, CAD/CAM/CAS data, special reports Logistics provisioning and procurement data, Supplier data, system operational and maintenance data, and supporting data bases. Included in this category is the on-going and interactive process of data collection, analysis and reporting covering the system throughout its life- cycle,
This category covers all special facilities that are unique and are required to support logistics activities, to include storage buildings and warehouses and maintenance facilities at all levels.
Physical plant, portable buildings, mobile vans, personnel housing structures, intermediate level maintenance shops, calibration laboratories and special repair shops such as depots, overhaul material suppliers are considered.
Capital equipment and utilities heat, power, energy requirements, environmental controls, communications, safety and security provisions and the like are generally included as the part of facilities.
This category logistics includes all materials, equipment special provisions, containers both resistible and disposable and supplies necessary to support the packages, safety and preservation, storage, handling and or transportation of the prime mission related elements of the system, personnel spares and repair parts, test and support equipment technical data, computer resources and mobile facilities.
Covered in this group are the initial and sustaining transportation requirements for the distribution of materials and for the maintenance and support activities throughout the system life cycle. The primary modes of transportation—air, highways, pipelines railways and water ways and intermodal, truck, rail, truck, waters, rail, water, truck, air and the like are considered.
This category includes all tools, condition monitoring equipment, diagnostic and checkout equipment, special test equipment, metrology and calibration equipment, maintenance fixtures and stands and special handling equipment required to support operational and maintenance functions through-out the forward and reverse flows, Test and support equipment requirements at each level of maintenance must be considered as well as the overall traceability of test requirement or measures to a secondary standard, a transfer standard and finally to a primary standard.
This refers to the resources necessary to ensure that an effective and efficient logistics information flow is provided throughout and to the organizations responsible for all the activities that come within its focus. This flow includes the necessary, communication links among the customer, producer or prime contractor, sub-contractors, sup- priors and supporting maintenance organisations.
It is but essential that the proper type and amount of information be provided to the appropriate organisational elements, in proper formats and in a reliable and timely manner with the necessary security provisions included.
Inherent within this category is the utilisation of the latest EC methods, EDI capabilities e-mail and the Internet.
This capability not only tends to facilitate the integration of the organisations participating in a given project but aids in the integration of SC and maintenance activities and the various logistic elements identified for this propose.