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Power Generation Repairs

MRO Management Magazine, Volume 23 Issue 6, December 2021

It's a big operation to support complex power generation components. Dirk Hanenberg, Director Operations EMEA at Fokker Services, looks back to where it all began and shares the key ingredient that evolved our maintenance shop into one of the biggest in Europe in this area.

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Our Power Generation MRO journey started 25 years ago. It was 1996, the year the final Fokker aircraft was built. After Fokker Aircraft closed its doors, Fokker Services was established, seeing a transition from aircraft manufacturer to a total services company. It was a new era, but of course our OEM knowledge and various pieces of technology remained. One particular piece of equipment was a test stand that was originally used to run power switch simulations and tests for Fokker 100 prototypes. Our teams asked: how can we repurpose this technology? How can we innovate? This was the first step in developing in-house maintenance capabilities for Power Generation components at our facility in Schiphol, the Netherlands.

Dirk Hanenberg Dirk Hanenberg
Dirk Hanenberg, Director Operations EMEA at Fokker Services

The team started small. Two colleagues took on cross-functional roles as technicians, testers, researchers and capability developers to explore the possibilities. Fast-forward to today and our dedicated Power Generation facility is one of the largest independent shops in Europe. With in-house capabilities for IDGs, Constant Speed Drives (CSDs), Starters and Generators, and more, our technicians now provide component maintenance support to 200+ operators.

If we see an opportunity, we take it. If a unique solution is needed, we explore the possibilities. We know how to nurture great ideas, it’s part of our DNA.

Dirk Hanenberg

Dirk Hanenberg
Director Operations EMEA at Fokker Services

To provide highly reliable solutions, leveraging the latest technology is crucial. That’s why we brought equipment in-house and invested in two Generator Test Stands, which offer uninterrupted testing and quality that goes beyond CMM requirements, as well as a fully automated Electric Test Stand, which reduces the touch time so we can quickly share the best repair recommendation. Improving availability and turnaround times is our on-site OEM consignment stock, large inventory of pool parts and forward exchanges. Needless to say, it’s our highly skilled technicians who deliver the best repairs to our customers, and specialize in each individual maintenance, repair and overhaul service.

MRO Management Magazine, Volume 23 Issue 6, December 2021

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