Epcor Adds Prognos for APU to Predictive Maintenance Portfolio

Prognos for APU joins Prognos for engines and Prognos for aircraft expanding the range of predictive maintenance solutions launched by AFI KLM E&M. Designed, built and marketed by Epcor, the Group subsidiary specializing in MRO services for Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). 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.

Operating within the global AFI KLM E&M network, Epcor has developed a portfolio of tailored support services. 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.

Dennis Wetjens, Epcor managing director, explained: “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.”

AFI KLM E&M Receives Wi-fi Approvals for 747, A320 and A330

AFI KLM E&M is now approved for Part 21 and Part 145 installation of wi-fi solutions aboard Boeing 747, Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft. The implementation of wi-fi can occur during scheduled maintenance checks at clients’ facilities.

Already chosen by several airlines including Shaheen and Corsair International for their Airbus A330 fleets, the AFI KLM E&M solution can be deployed during short TATs.

Sami Smaoui, AFI KLM E&M vice president aircraft modifications said: “The wi-fi modification offering is the ideal solution for an airline wanting to equip its aircraft with a reliable in-flight entertainment system offering at reduced cost. After carrying out a large number of modification projects on A330s, we are now in a position to offer this type of modification on Boeing 747, Airbus A320 and A330 after having the appropriate Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).”