Pratt & Whitney, a unit of diversified conglomerate
United Technologies Corp.
), has collaborated with
) to incorporate data analytics in its engine fleet management and
With this deal, Pratt & Whitney is set to leverage IBM's
state-of-the-art predictive analytics systems to improve aircraft
reliability and extend engine life.
How Analytics Work
Essentially, the system will analyze data from engines in order to
spot performance issues in time. Modern aircraft engines can
generate up to half terabyte of data in a single flight, which can
be used by predictive analytics to detect system faults, give early
warnings and identify any issues in their overall health.
Real-time analytics can unearth insightful information from both
structured and unstructured data streams produced by the aircraft
engines. Integration of IBM's big data technology will
significantly expand the aero-engine maker's current performance
monitoring capabilities of over 4,000 operational commercial
Benefits of Integrating Big Data
Predictive analytics will help customers to benefit from longer
time "on-wing," and deliver richer insight into flight operational
data. Moreover, it will grant the aero-engine maker enhanced
visibility so that it can optimize fleet operations along with
improving cost efficiency.
In addition to prolonging engine life and reducing maintenance
costs, the analytics tool will allow Pratt & Whitney to
proactively monitor the exact condition of the engines.
IBM will support Pratt & Whitney to integrate automated
logistics into the advanced military diagnostic, prognostic and
health management capabilities of its rapidly expanding commercial
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