Rolls-Royce taps IFS Maintenix, real-time data analytics to optimize MRO, product development

Rolls-Royce officials harness IFS tool and data analytics capability to unlock insights on aircraft power and propulsion

Rolls-Royce officials in London are using data gleaned from its Trent aircraft engines in service with airlines to optimize maintenance, service, and even product development. The power and propulsion technology provider is using IFS Maintenix from global enterprise applications company IFS in Linkoping, Sweden, to exchange data with airlines operating Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, Trent XWB, and Trent 7000 engines.


Rolls-Royce automatically receives timely and accurate aviation analytics information based on field data from IFS Maintenix, which also pushes maintenance program changes from Rolls-Royce to the airline operator automatically. As a result, officials say, “life-limited engine part maintenance deadlines can be updated based on actual operating conditions and life consumed by each engine in use.”


Rolls-Royce officials seek to maximize the safety, efficiency, and insights gained on each trip as the company’s engines help transport thousands of air passengers and tons of cargo daily.


IFS will ensure optimized maintenance scheduling, service and product development through simplified access to Rolls-Royce Trent engine data


“Ease of data sharing is a key component in the Rolls-Royce IntelligentEngine vision, which sees a future in which our aero engines are increasingly connected, contextually aware, and even comprehending,” explains Richard Goodhead, Rolls-Royce senior vice president of marketing, civil aerospace. “Working with IFS Maintenix to ensure we receive accurate and timely engine life data will help us as we make further progress toward that objective by helping us deliver greater levels of reliability and efficiency to our operators.”


IFS Maintenix and its Aviation Analytics capability enable Rolls-Royce to offer a systematic method of exchanging and accurately updating airline engine life data, optimizing the interval between engines being removed and sent for overhaul. It further provides new streams of data for Rolls-Royce to analyze the performance of fleets with Trent engines and refine its aftermarket offerings, from service-based contracts to analytics insights.


IFS Aerospace & Defense Business Unit President Scott Helmer calls the work with Rolls-Royce to deliver next-generation maintenance protocols based on up-to-date engine life data strategically important. “IFS Maintenix can help aviation organizations maximize the revenue potential of their assets through standard, lean, and predictable maintenance,” he adds.


IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations.


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Courtney E. Howard is editorial director and content strategist at SAE International. Contact her by e-mail at courtney.howard@sae.org