Ottawa, Canada (May 6th, 2008) – Mxi Technologies announced today the addition of electronic signature (e-signature) capability to the Maintenix® aviation maintenance management software. The new functionality in the integrated, intelligent software solution allows the amount of time spent on data-entry to be significantly reduced, resulting in increased efficiency of the maintenance and engineering departments, while also providing a higher level of accountability and data integrity.
With the e-signature functionality, any maintenance activity carried out in the Maintenix system can be designated as requiring digital sign-off. When a designated record or document is electronically "signed" by a technician, inspector, supervisor or other maintenance personnel, it is encrypted and permanently stored in the Maintenix database. These electronic records can then be viewed and verified at any time, but cannot be altered. There are several options the system can accommodate for an e-signature, including a swipe card, a fingerprint-protected USB key, or other physical tokens.
The integrated functionality of the Maintenix software ties all departments – materials, technical records, engineering & maintenance execution – together, and provides alerts to any errors or conflicts in real-time, ensuring all relevant information is available to the signatory before a record is signed. Automation of the system offers additional benefits such as quick searches, reports by date and auditing, allowing technicians to focus on their core job of maintaining aircraft.
The use of e-signatures by an aircraft maintenance organization requires the approval of the appropriate regulatory body. Approval is based both on the technology as well as the business processes into which it is incorporated. To ensure timely approval, Maintenix e-signatures have been designed to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines for digital signatures and electronic record keeping, in accordance to the Advisory Circular 120-78.
"It is very common for organizations using maintenance management software like Maintenix to run a parallel paper-based system," said Les Hine, President of Mxi Technologies. "With the complexity of aircraft design and maintenance processes increasing, this requirement for duplication needs to be reduced or eliminated. The addition of e-signatures to the Maintenix software addresses this gap, allowing significant improvements to the productivity of maintenance professionals."
About Mxi Technologies
Mxi Technologies provides integrated, intelligent aviation maintenance management software, bringing innovation and thought leadership to aviation organizations seeking to improve their productivity. The Mxi Maintenix® software uses a modern architecture and provides advanced capabilities such as a role-based Web browser interface, automated workflow, integration adapters, electronic signatures, and support for portable wireless devices. In addition to supplying Maintenix, Mxi provides a full range of services including Maintenix implementation, business consulting, systems integration, training, and support. For more information, please visit www.mxi.com.
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