EBEC Case Study 2016

Challenge your creativity!






With Air France, KLM is at the forefront of the European airline industry. Offering reliability and a healthy dose of Dutch pragmatism, 32,000 KLM employees work to provide innovative products for our customers and a safe, efficient, service-oriented operation with a proactive focus on sustainability. KLM strives to achieve profitable growth that contributes to both its own corporate aims and to economic and social development.



In the KLM Engineshop, up to 40 engines can be in maintenance at the same time. Each of them has thousands of components, which need to be identified and tracked, so that each returns to the respective engine at the end of the process. The participants were required to find a smart way to keep track of all these components and be able to know real-time where they are.



Different techniques were considered by the participating teams, including labelling systems, video tracking, methods to mark the components directly. The solution that was judged as the most out-of- the-box was developed by team Isonomy: recognizing each component from its characteristic microstructure by means of devices as simple as smartphones.

Congratulations to all of the participants and to the winners!