8tree announces 8cloud – to streamline the reporting, storage and sharing of inspection content between airlines, MROs, OEMs and tool providers

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8cloud is now integrated within dent & buckle’s aviation damage tracking platform – the first of many such platform integrations to come. 8cloud will publicly debut at MRO Middle East (Booth #1355), Dubai Feb 11-12, 2019

8cloud overcomes corporate IT barriers...allowing airlines, MROs and OEMs to seamlessly collaborate on inspection content from tool providers

Building on the growing success of dentCHECK, 8tree is rolling-out 8cloud – a secure, cloud-based platform that expedites the sharing of inspection content and reports between all stakeholders in the aviation maintenance industry. 8cloud empowers customers to enjoy effortless and secure exchange of damage data without the burden of managing IT systems, servers and backups or the need for ensuring data integrity and scaling storage demand.

“We created 8cloud to address a chronic unmet need in how the aviation industry shares damage analyses amongst key stakeholders”, said Erik Klaas, CTO, 8tree. “Over the past few years, airlines, MRO and OEMs have continued to rapidly embrace the inspection and reporting benefits delivered by 8tree’s dentCHECK tool. However, they have been hamstrung – primarily due to corporate IT restrictions – in sharing damage content within and outside their organizations. 8cloud overcomes these IT barriers, by offering a secure, browser-based interface for reporting, storing and sharing content from 8tree or other 3rd party inspection tools. Organizations can now avail of all the benefits that 8cloud delivers without worrying about the significant IT overhead to develop such capability in-house.”

“Furthermore, we continue to anticipate customer’s needs for seamless information exchange across their various systems. With this in mind, we are integrating 8cloud into a variety of well-known maintenance tracking software platforms – beginning with dent & buckle – so that customers can effortlessly correlate a damage spot on an aircraft wireframe diagram to a detailed 3D report of that damage. Currently, an 8cloud interface has been implemented from within the dent & buckle software environment. 8tree plans to develop similar 8cloud integration interfaces to other popular maintenance software systems, at no additional cost to end-users”, Klaas said.

“In these times of digitization, the need for dent & buckle has proven itself, it bridges the live situations in the field and the digital data world. As an aircraft structures engineer, I clearly see benefits of integrating dent & buckle with dentCHECK" said Kristinn Palsson, CEO, dent & buckle. “All relevant data concerning damages and repairs is stored in one place and tracked from the initial discovery, which is now standardized with dentCHECK – dent & buckle adds value to with its 3D interface and keeps on tracking through the repair stages to the end of the service life of the aircraft. The data that has until now mostly been recorded on paper we can now use for fleetwide analysis, redelivery or audits and learn much more about the operation of the fleet.”

8cloud is designed to handle data from any inspection tool, but the original idea for 8cloud was developed in response to growing demand for 8tree’s dentCHECK inspection tool, and facilitating easy sharing of resulting data. dentCHECK is the world's only handheld-portable, completely wireless 3D surface inspection tool with integrated AR that is purpose-built for the aviation maintenance industry. It is now used by the world’s leading commercial, cargo and defense MROs, including easyJet, Delta TechOps, TAP-M&E, Aeromexico, Airbus’ Flightline, DHL-Express and Zeppelin. Delivering real-time ‘go/no-go’ answers at the push of a single-button, the tool delivers up to 90% reduction in damage-mapping and reporting times, compared to traditional manual methods that use depth-gauges and straight-edges. This shortens aircraft Turn-around-Time (TaT), which further reduces lost revenues and very directly improves operational efficiency for airlines. dentCHECK enhances safety through an improved understanding of airframe reliability.

dentCHECK has been recognized by multiple aircraft OEMs. It is approved and published in Airbus’ Tool Equipment Manuals (TEMs) for dent-mapping on metallic aero-structures and composite cabin floor-boards on all Airbus aircraft. In addition, the criteria outlined in Boeing’s Service Letter, applicable to all Boeing commercial aircraft, recognizes dentCHECK’s performance and the rigor of 8tree’s measurement validation process. Similar recognition of dentCHECK performance can be found in the Q400/Dash-8 NDTM from Bombardier.

To see 8cloud and dentCHECK in action, visit us at booth # 1355 at MRO Middle East, in Dubai, Feb 11-12, 2019 or always at http://www.8-tree.com.

About 8tree
8tree makes 3D optical surface inspection tools that solve chronic problems for multiple industries. 8tree’s products empower every operator – from mechanics on the floor, to engineers in the lab – with precision measurement, portability and performance. With its patented user-centric product design, instant ‘go/no-go’ answers and zero-learning curve, 8tree is committed to making precision 3D scanning more broadly accessible – technically and commercially.

About dent & buckle
Dent & buckle provides airline operators with the means to streamline and reduce the cost of recording damages and repairs on their aircraft fleet. It is an easy to use software tool for tracking damages from the first discovery through all the repair stages and subsequently, tracking of the repair. The system is not airliner dependent and mixed fleets can easily be controlled with it.

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