When it comes to engines and aircraft, big data and real-time connectivity have a profound effect on the way engine OEMs design and deliver aftermarket services and solutions.
Data-driven decision-making, by leveraging rapidly-available, high-quality data, ensures real bottom-line value to airlines and operators. It enables a much higher degree of precision and personalization to optimize performance, and helps ensure the highest dispatch availability, cost savings and extension of the life of your engine and aircraft.
Data and connectivity offer us a profound opportunity for deep learning, helping us not only monitor events in real time, but also to constantly improve how we deliver service and optimize performance. Today, data is at the heart of everything we do.
Big Data Drives Preventive Maintenance
Data profoundly affects how we plan, practise prevention and learn. Take for example, scheduled and unscheduled engine maintenance. Scheduled maintenance intervals, which prove to be highly accurate, are based on historical data. In P&WC’s case, deep knowledge from big data has culminated from the nearly 100,000 engines we've delivered (60,000 engines in service)--not to mention the 800,000,000 cumulative flight hours that we collect data from.
With full-flight data coming from prognostics systems like our FAST™ solution and our Oil Analysis Technology in the final stages of development, true predictive and preventive maintenance, including tailored on-condition maintenance programs, is possible. It has given us the ability to be knowledgeable, with a high degree of accuracy, about what is happening inside an engine without intrusive inspections. We are well aware in advance of any potential event. In many cases, what might have once resulted in unscheduled maintenance can now potentially be minimized or avoided entirely through our ability to capture and analyze key engine and aircraft data parameters in (nearly) real time.
When decisions are made based on timely and relevant data and deep engine expertise, the notion of operating in a 100% planned maintenance environment is not something that's part of the distant future, but truly a close reality.