After launching its "The MRO Lab - Adaptive Innovations" program brand last year, AFI KLM E&M continues to consolidate its innovation capabilities with the announcement of the operational launch of its MRO Lab Singapore.
A subset of its MRO Lab program, launched to develop and showcase the Group's innovation potential for its clients, the MRO Lab Singapore will go into operational service during the latest, 16-21 February, edition of the Singapore Air Show. At this show, the Lab's engineers will be carrying out demonstrations on the AFI KLM E&M stand. The "co-innovation" center, the outcome of a partnership with RAMCO Systems (a supplier of software systems for the MRO sector), will concentrate on developing innovative, breakthrough products, in some cases designed for immediate application.
Singapore - a strategic location
For the past two decades and more, AFI KLM E&M has been encouraging an innovation-centric policy and mindset focused on developing value-added MRO solutions as part of its activities and services for its clients. This policy is largely based on the creativity of staff members, whose ideas for improving AFI KLM E&M's MRO services are taken up via the company's Démarche d'Innovation Participative (DIP) suggestion scheme and "Moonshine" programs. Over 4,000 such suggestions are recorded each year. The policy also involves setting up partnerships with start-ups and universities that focus on MRO-related areas. One such program AFI KLM E&M is taking part in a business accelerator to set-up partnerships with innovative aviation start-ups.
The latest manifestation of innovation, a major driver for AFI KLM E&M, comes in the shape of a partnership project with RAMCO. "Singapore is famed for being a major center of innovation in South East Asia," says James Kornberg, AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance Innovation Director. "Not only does the center lie in the heart of a key technology ecosystem that it is now easier for AFI KLM E&M to have access too, but it is also located close to one of the Group's logistics centers, the local AIR FRANCE KLM outstation, and the Company's Regional Management unit. This means that the systems developed by the MRO Lab Singapore can immediately be tested in operational conditions and benefit from direct visibility for existing and potential clients."
This is because the end-beneficiaries of these innovations are airlines making use of AFI KLM E&M's MRO services. In this respect, the MRO Lab Singapore will be directing its research efforts towards strategic areas that will help to optimize the Group's aircraft maintenance services in terms of reliability, performance, and costs. New developments are expected, especially in areas such as wearable technology (to enhance technician mobility), Big Data predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence, maintenance process optimization, customer experience, and the Internet of Things.