Lufthansa Technik’s Aviatar platform, which both supports and goes beyond predictive maintenance, appears to be attracting participants.
In 2016, LHT launched Condition Analytics for predictive maintenance. In spring of 2017, LHT embedded Condition Analytics in Aviatar, which will support predictive maintenance and other services to airlines, manufacturers and MROs.
Christian Langer, head of LHT’s digital fleet solutions, says Aviatar now includes health management applications such as reliability benchmarking, fault analytics and condition monitoring. These cover the A320 family and 747-400s, but will be extended to cover all Airbus and Boeing models and eventually regional aircraft.
Aviatar will also support applications developed by other companies, or co-created by these companies and LHT. The first example is FLYdocs, developed outside LHT and now on Aviatar. Langer stresses that Aviatar will differ from GE’s Predix platform by concentrating exclusively on aviation and by extending analysis into the physical world of aircraft repair.
By early summer, three customers were using Aviatar and more than 500 aircraft were on the platform. Interest by other firms in developing applications for Aviatar is strong. A major U.S. aerospace manufacturer visited LHT to inquire about putting its applications on the new platform. And some of LHT’s maintenance competitors have also expressed interest in the tool. Software firms are showing interest, and two more airlines are considering installing applications.
“We have attracted strong attention for Aviatar since we presented the product at MRO Americas 2017,” adds LHT spokesman Wolfgang Reinert. “We are in comprehensive talks with different players, such as airlines and third-party companies, which are interested to integrate their own applications in the Aviatar platform. We are very optimistic that we will welcome two airline customers as Aviatar users within the next few weeks.”