IBM to analyze Pratt & Whitney engine data

|By:, SA News Editor

Pratt & Whitney (NYSE:UTX) has hired IBM (NYSE:IBM) to analyze massive amounts of data from approximately 4,000 commercial aircraft engines in an effort to calculate potential engine trouble before problems arise.

"Rather than reacting to some sort of an engine event, we are leveraging data from various sources for maintenance, for planning engine diagnostic systems and building predictive models," says IBM VP Jerry Kurtz.

Due to the new proactive maintenance program, Pratt & Whitney expects to extend engine life by over almost 50% and decrease maintenance costs by up to 20%. A typical engine repair can fetch between $3M to 10M.