Logistics & Asset Management
Our Team understands that Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) captures the logistical demands that will be placed on logistics support systems throughout the life cycle of an equipment system. We identify how systems will be procured, maintained, transported, and handled during its life cycle from a logistical perspective. We employ a tailored use of Logistic Support Analysis (LSA) and other analytical tools to arrive at an integrated decision on system supportability issues. Analytical tools such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), MANPRINT, and Repair Level Analysis (RLA), are utilized to give a high level of confidence in our logistics recommendations.
We also ensure that logistics considerations are incorporated into the materiel system requirements documents and integrated into the supportability strategy. We ensure establishment and implementation of training programs by the trainer to develop the skills needed for the operation and support of newly fielded systems. Our work results in sustained logistics support throughout the life cycle of the equipment/system.
Z Systems provides Total Package Fielding (TPF) logistics support necessary to accomplish New Equipment Fielding of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems, M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, M88A2 Tank Recovery vehicles and the M9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE). We provide input for the preparation of materiel fielding plans and prepare detailed fielding agreements. We conduct New Materiel Introductory Briefings and Materiel Requirements List (MRL) Reviews. Z Systems prepares the Fielding Requirements Database (FRET) transactions, tracks TPF packages, and prepares Joint Supportability Assessments and prepares shipping directives.
Z Systems has a vast amount of experience and knowledge in logistics engineering and management. We can define the timeframe for each step of the materiel fielding process identifying the necessities for manpower, tools, repair parts, facilities, petroleum, firing and test ranges, new equipment training, safety, on-call personnel/equipment, and environmental issues.
Prior to fielding, each element in the logistics area (transportation, supply and maintenance, skill set enhancement-training, etc.) and others must be addressed to ensure that a system is fully supportable before it arrives in the hands of the troops. We consider each element prior to, during, and after delivery of the system to include the disposition of packing material and the displaced equipment.
Z Systems’ cadre of managers and logisticians have unequalled credentials in all phases of logistics planning, engineering and understanding the unique requirements associated with fielding and maintaining combat vehicles and other weapon systems.
We understand the Acquisition System and day-to-day activities required to support and guide a system through the Acquisition Cycle, operational period, and the procedures and processes necessary to control the assets through disposal. All military systems have a life in itself. Therefore, we provide our customers with a highly qualified, self-motivated, product driven work force who are available to meet the customers needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year.
Z Systems has experience in all aspects of supply support for Defense organizations. We coordinate and plan for all required facilities and request, allocate, distribute and maintained accountability for supply assets.
The US Army is undergoing a major transformation in the combat service support arena. The force structure is being reduced, and the concept of Performance Based Logistics, which relies on real time re-supply is critical to the success of future operations. We understand how the transformation will affect the Army supply system functions from Logistics-Over-the-Shore to the operation of daily log packs in a Combat Zone which ultimately furnishes the system's required support elements to the end user. Our staff has and will continue to play a major role in the Army materiel transformation process.
Z Systems, utilizing the Support Equipment Resources Management Information System (SERMIS) data, supplied logistics support by preparing and compiling data, and maintaining databases used by NAVAIR activities to manage support equipment assets and track expenditures.
According to the Institute of Configuration Management (CM), "CM is the process of managing products, facilities and processes by managing the information about them, including changes, and ensuring they are what they are supposed to be in every case." The majority of services and systems development performed by Z Systems involves the process of change - for example, fielding new tactical and combat equipment for example. We understand the importance of effective change management. We recognize and consider all the elements of the process: project management, product development, life-cycle support leading to planning and business decisions; Configuration Management – Requirements, Change, Release, Data, and Records management that define the configuration items; and Quality Assurance the process of validation and verification.
Training addresses all aspects of time required to educate personnel to use systems and equipment and identify changes to courses, schools and other forms of training. We apply a holistic approach that considers the system/equipment addressing the capability, the doctrine being developed, and the out-year force structure, system training plans, and leader development/education.
We have drafted, planned and assisted in the execution of New Equipment Training (NET) for new and modified US Army systems. In addition, we provide database management for the Army Modernization Training Automation System (AMTAS). AMTAS serves as an Army-wide management information system for Army Modernization Training.
We provide input for support to training developers, and conduct and support new equipment fielding training requirements. We assist in providing complete initial and/or follow-on training for operation and maintenance support of newly fielded systems and for sustained support of fielded systems.
We have assisted in creating, critiquing, and reviewing technical documentation. We establish and maintain publication accounts for our Army customers. Our personnel understand the procedures, processes and the requirements for the development of technical documents, and act as subject matter experts to support delivery.
We review and comment on Operational Requirements Documents, Capability Development Documents and Capability Production Documents to determine the logistics impact on the introduction of new or changed systems. We also assist in the review of Technical Manuals for pertinent integrated logistics support issues.
Z Systems manages Government Computer Center Operations to include; maintaining the center’s control logs, providing help desk support, performing document preparation and management, network administration and scanning and indexing operations.
Z Systems is providing Quality Assurance Support at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio. There we provide inspection of electronic components of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks. We also perform inspections of Government Furnished Information used on upgrades for the M1 to be used for New Equipment Fielding.
First article testing and approval involves evaluating an initial system or equipment item, preproduction, or sample model or lot to ensure the producer can furnish a product conforming to all contract specifications and requirements. Z Systems conducted first article testing on the US Army’s Topographic Support System (TSS) Downsized Direct Support Section (DDSS).