GE Aviation Wins Award for Game-Changing Technology Implementation

Palm Beach, Florida - May 16, 2013 – GE Aviation was selected for the Game-Changing Technology Implementation award this week at the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership Summit (ML100).  GE received the award for its Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology and service that reduces delays, cancellations and unscheduled maintenance as initially implemented on the G650 business jet aircraft. 

"This technology fundamentally changes how aircraft fleets are managed,” said Mark Thomson, program manager, Integrated Vehicle Health Management for GE Aviation.  “The system connects an aircraft to its support via a series of real-time links, provides insight and fleet context on difficult-to-solve issues and provides a single version of the events used between the aircraft manufacturer, the operator, and even the aircraft's supply base.”

GE’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology continuously manages and analyzes data throughout the flight creating a comprehensive set of health information for the engines, avionics, power, cabin and other aircraft systems. 

“On a given day, average responses to maintenance issues change into smart, proactive, and timely solutions,” added Thomson.

Wireless connectivity links every aircraft to a Ground Services Network (GSN) providing a web-based service that delivers a real time picture of aircraft health that the operator can access 24/7 from anywhere in the world.  The system is seamlessly integrated with customers’ product support and maintenance systems to enable unprecedented capability to enhance dispatch reliability and availability.

The IVHM technology dates back to 1991 when GE developed the world’s first certified Health and Usage Monitoring System, HUMS, for helicopters. GE has recorded and analyzed in excess of two-million flight hours of data. The system is provided from GE facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Southampton, UK.  See GE’s IVHM video:

GE Aviation’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management technology is leveraging the Industrial Internet as part of GE’s suite of aviation service offerings that increase an aircraft’s overall operational efficiency. The Industrial Internet is taking place through the convergence of the global industrial system with the power of big data, advanced computing, analytics and new levels of connectivity to make machines smarter and more efficient. The ML100 Awards, now in its ninth year, recognize best-in-class manufacturers that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

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