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."