Pratt & Whitney Canada is offering an oil analysis technology trial to business aircraft operators. Over the next 18 to 24 months, P&WC is seeking early adopters interested in participating in a trial of its in-development oil debris monitoring technology. Operators who wish to participate in the trial should contact their P&WC field support representative.
P&WC's oil analysis technology is a new way to monitor an engine oil system, with the potential to detect specific engine conditions by identifying the wear patterns of oil-wetted components through analyzing particles found in the oil, the company said. According to P&WC, the system detects the source of debris earlier and more accurately than any existing oil debris monitoring technology available today. It monitors the health of oil-wetted engine components such as bearings, carbon seals and gears. The system also provides "actionable insights" and will enable proactive maintenance interventions.
Participants receive free oil sampling kits and return shipping pre-paid by P&WC. Under the program, an operator collects an oil sample every 100 to 150 hours, depending upon engine model; ships it to P&WC; and then receives a summary report. Participation in the program does not replace existing engine requirements or maintenance programs.