Integrated Logistics Support System: Everything You Need To Know!

Wikipedia defines integrated logistics support (ILS) as an integrated and iterative process for developing materiel and a support strategy that optimizes functional support, leverages existing resources, and guides the system engineering process to quantify and lower life cycle cost and decrease the logistics footprint (demand for logistics), making the system easier to support. Although originally developed for military purposes, it is also widely used in commercial product support or customer service organizations.

A study by the U.S. Department of Defence (DOD) has found that even the slight increase of 5% in the performance standards comes with a heavy and quite disproportionate increment in the overall life cycle and supportability costs of the equipment in use. This often arises because new and unproven designs and technologies are being used to obtain the optimal output. The increase that it causes in the overall budget is quite significant. And, this needs to be addressed and managed.

Integrated logistics support helps to curb these costs and create the optimal path for operations.

The ILS includes the following facilities:

1) Computer resource support helps with the hardware, software, manpower, and documentation facilities that are required for organizational support. The complexity of the software increases with the customization and here comes the need of teaching the personnel to handle the same.

2) Maintenance planning facilities include different levels of repairs required at different repair times to accommodate the smooth functioning of business and reducing the downtime while work is in full swing. Right from maintaining the testability requirements to support equipment needs, ILS plans for everything in advance. Also, adequate manpower and skills are required which are provided by the agency providing with ILS services.

3) With a good ILS system, it is possible to forecast the manpower requirements as and when the need arises. The same can be handled with proper planning and projections. The identification and acquisition of military, as well as civilian personnel with the right skills and grades to operate and maintain the systems, can be done.

4) A proper design interface with the required safety factors for humans is essential. Right from hazardous material management to standardization and interoperability, all this needs to be taken care of. Various logistics-related design parameters need to be taken into consideration while designing the plan.

In this regard, Sonovision ILS services provide you with adequate support for your military-grade specific requirements.