Company is seeking "early adopters" with PW100 family engines to participate in tests of innovative oil debris monitoring solution
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA--(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has launched a trial of a new oil analysis technology for aircraft engines that could significantly facilitate proactive maintenance interventions and drive increased aircraft availability. With more than 8,000 PW100 family engines produced and 3,000 regional turboprop-powered aircraft flying, the company is seeking "early adopters" from among its engine customers to participate in the initial launch trial of the innovative oil debris monitoring solution. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"Our cutting-edge oil analysis technology will take on-condition engine diagnostics and prognostics to the next level of precision and efficacy," said Timothy Swail, Vice President, Customer Programs, P&WC. "Once the solution reaches maturity in the next 18 to 24 months, it will have the potential to far exceed the effectiveness of any existing oil debris monitoring technology."
The highly sensitive technology detects minute particles within engine oil, allowing for the identification of deterioration in specific oil-wetted components well before a potential event occurs without having to remove the engine. "By capturing a small oil sample at regular intervals, our new technology will enable preventive maintenance and trend monitoring to optimize engine health and aircraft availability, helping customers save time, money and effort," said Mr. Swail.
Comparative testing carried out by P&WC has demonstrated significantly greater sensitivity and accuracy than existing oil analysis technologies, enabling the early detection of oil-wetted component deterioration. "The potential is there to significantly extend time on wing and transform unscheduled events into scheduled events, which helps to increase aircraft availability and reduce costs," said Mr. Swail.
P&WC is asking PW100 customers to join the technology trial by contacting their field service representative. They will be asked to collect oil samples at regular intervals and ship them to P&WC for analysis (expenses paid by P&WC). Participants will have the opportunity to receive reports, for information purposes only, with oil analysis results and technology updates at no cost during the trial.
P&WC is a proven leader in developing and deploying advanced engine diagnostics and prognostics solutions. Its vision is to move customers to more planned and predictive maintenance environments to ensure peace of mind. The company has delivered more than 6,000 engine diagnostics and prognostics solutions to customers and is continuing to invest in new technologies to simplify maintenance for customers, reduce costs and increase aircraft availability.
Visit P&WC at RAA, booth 324. Customers interested in participating in the trial may contact their Field Service Representative (FSR) or visit the Oil Analysis Technology Trial section of P&WC's website for more information.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to challenges in the design, development, production, support, and performance and realization of anticipated benefits of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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