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December 2006 edition

Eurocopter advances customised HUMS project to cut maintenance costs

Eurocopter is pressing ahead with a project to incorporate Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) into design to boost aircraft operability. Called TATEM, the project is tasked with increasing the availability and operational reliability of an aircraft while cutting overall maintenance costs.

TATEM (Technologies And Techniques for nEw Maintenance) wants to shift the emphasis from diagnosis to prognosis and anticipate a failure before it occurs. Its aim is to reduce the costs of helicopter maintenance by 20 per cent over five to ten years.

"In the future, mission interruptions and downtimes will decrease significantly as it will be possible to schedule the maintenance intelligently according ....

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