'IAF's online material management system fully operational'

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Nagpur, Oct 5 (UNI) An on-line material management system that ensures transparency and improves planning has become fully operational across the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Most units of the Indian Air Force have now been connected to the Integrated Material Management On-line System (IMMOLS), which was launched last year, IAF Headquarters Maintenance Command (HQMC) Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Air Marshal J S Apte told UNI here today.

IMMOLS was used for transparency of inventory, location of items, the ideal places to move them to, monitoring of the trend of consumption, and planning and calculation of procurement accordingly, he said.

''The IAF has given a unique code through a standard numbering system to every item of material that it requires. The information on the stock, location and consumption of every item is, thus, available on finger-tips in all the units,'' Air Marshal Apte said.

This made procurement easier since there were already set guidelines on when to order a particular item, he added.

''Personnel can know immediately when it is time to replenish the inventory of an article, and can order it without delaying,''.

the HQMC Chief said.

Orders for goods procured within India were processed manually as it was not possible to do so on-line, he said. The orders for goods procured from abroad were sent to the IAF's headquarters in New Delhi since it required clearance from various ministries, he informed.

Earlier, the manual system was followed for IAF's entire material management, which involved suppliers base in the country and abroad, the supply depot and the user, and there were problems with it, Air Marshal Apte said.

The IMMOLS software was, therefore, developed to eliminate these problems, ensure better co-ordination and improve efficiency, and all personnel were now using it, he added.


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