PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE AND THE CHALLENGE OF SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE AERONAUTICAL SECTOR
- 1 FROM THE MINUTES 2018
- 1.1 HOW PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE WILL MAKE AIR TRAVEL SMARTER, GREENER, SAFER
- 1.2 HOW PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE WORKS
- 1.3 PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE IN ACTION
- 1.4 TOMORROW’S MILE-HIGH CLUB
- 1.5 CREATING NEW SOLUTIONS AT THE INTERSECTION
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
HOW PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE WILL MAKE AIR TRAVEL SMARTER, GREENER, SAFER
Air travel is complex. With so many (literally) moving parts, planning maintenance with minimal disruptions has always posed a challenge for airlines.
According to a 2010 Berkeley study, flight delays cost the U.S. economy $32.9 billion annually. Global airlines participating in a 2016 IATA study reported $15.57 billion in direct maintenance costs, which works out to $318 million per airline.
New technologies such as AI, IoT and big data are introducing innovative ways for airlines to anticipate problems before they occur. Enter the practice of predictive maintenance, which uses data, connectivity and e-workflows to schedule repairs before they disrupt schedules.
HOW PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE WORKS
Predictive maintenance allows engineers to individually track and follow each component of an aircraft. An alerting system informs engineering staff before a malfunction occurs, enabling them to schedule planned maintenance on the aircraft. By using real-time data from airplanes paired with predictive analytics, airlines can anticipate and plan maintenance before an unexpected interruption occurs.
Aircraft maintenance has traditionally been an unscheduled event: repairs are done as needed in response to unpredictable situations.
PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE IN ACTION
Predictive Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) is evolving quickly thanks to the integration of smart technologies, such as:
Connected cameras and robotic systems inspect, maintain and repair aircraft.
Smart robots respond to maintenance alerts to carry out inspections and repairs.
IoT systems share data from airplane parts and systems with maintenance.
Automated systems identify, break down and assign tasks.
VR simulations allow systems and engineers to identify and model possible scenarios.
TOMORROW’S MILE-HIGH CLUB
Predictive maintenance creates efficiencies that help airlines become more environmentally sustainable.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Reduces CO2 footprint and ecological impact
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: Reduces customer impact by mitigating delays
EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE: Reduces impact on crews
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: Promotes the circular economy
CREATING NEW SOLUTIONS AT THE INTERSECTION
Participants explored ways that innovations in service and maintenance can create new opportunities for airlines. They were asked to see the topic through three lenses, understand how these lenses intersect and identify solutions that arise at this intersection.
REAL-TIME FLIGHT STATUS UPDATES
Once upon a time, an irate customer stuck on a delayed plane was hot and hungry. On his next trip, he received real-time updates on his phone about the status of his flight. He learned about the delay before leaving home, enabling him to relax instead of waiting around at the airport.
DATA-SHARING BETWEEN AIRLINES
Once upon a time, airlines struggled to analyze and fix failures on their own. Then the airlines decided to share data using telemetry, documenting past histories of failures. Through collaboration, airlines were able to understand and model new scenarios, opening up new horizons for predictive maintenance.