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13/09/2017 - AFI KLM E&M Launches Predictive Maintenance For APUs

EPCOR turn to switch to enhance predictive maintenance, PROGNOS for APU.

Paris, Amstelveen, 13 September 2017 - Hard on the heels of PROGNOS for Engines and PROGNOS for Aircraft, the AFI KLM E&M network now has a new addition to its range of predictive maintenance solutions, in the shape of PROGNOS for APU. Designed, built and marketed by EPCOR, the Group subsidiary specializing in MRO services for Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), the new offering was officially launched at the beginning of September. Like its predecessors, PROGNOS for APU uses Big Data technologies to monitor the performance of APUs and predict faults, ultimately helping to rationalize maintenance work and avoid shop visits and excess costs for client airlines, a major competitive advantage.

Foresight in the service of operational efficiency
Operating within the global AFI KLM E&M network, EPCOR has built up its peerless expertise in the constraint and operational requirements of APUs and has developed a portfolio of tailored support services designed to maximize the availability of these vital systems, so called EPCOR Trend Monitoring. Based on this expertise, and after upgrading its databases and IT platforms, EPCOR has now developed PROGNOS for APU, a real-time APU performance monitoring and analysis solution that can identify weak signals and predict potential failures. As a result, EPCOR will be able to schedule maintenance work around airlines' operational requirements in order to forestall possible breakdowns, which can mean a grounded aircraft. It will also help it to better advice and support its clients' engineering teams during the contract period.

Boosting fleet availability
Dennis Wetjens
, EPCOR Managing Director, explains: "The innovation capabilities implemented in the AFI KLM E&M network, including at EPCOR, are based on our profile as an airline MRO, so that we can adapt as closely as possible to the real needs of our clients. With PROGNOS for APU, EPCOR is pitching a competitively differentiating, high value-added solution to the APU maintenance market, to help airlines maintain maximum control over their APU assets and keep them operating for as long as possible for minimum effort. This is expected to deliver significant gains in terms of fleet availability and MRO cost optimization."

EPCOR is a wholly owned subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group, holding EASA, CAAC, CAAV and FAR 145 certification. Within the group EPCOR provides MRO support for the APUs and pneumatic systems of a wide range of commercial aircraft. EPCOR maintains APUs on Boeing 737NG, 777 and 787 Airbus A320 (GTCP131-9A & APS3200), A330, A340 and the APS2300 APU for the Embraer 170/190 aircraft. EPCOR is a licensed and OEM warranty approved Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney AeroPower (former HSPS) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) repair centre. Besides the APU capability EPCOR also maintains and overhauls air cycle machines on 737, 777, 787 and Emb170/190, environmental control systems, starters, leading-edge flap drive units and many other pneumatic and nitrogen components installed on large commercial aircraft.


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