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CTRL Systems signs agreement with AFI KLM E&M American subsidiary, Barfield, to act as the primary global distributor of its CTRL’s UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter test set.

Barfield and CTRL executives shaking hands, signing distribution agreement for UL101
From left: Sebastien Losy (Barfield VP of GSTE, Ditribution & Trading); Gilles Mercier (Barfield CEO); Jeremy Watts (CTRL Systems Global Director of Business Development, Aerospace & Aviation GSTE); and Victor Bontorno (Barfield Director of Business Development, GSTE)

Westminster MD, Paris, Amstelveen, Miami FL, April 9, 2024 – CTRL Systems, Inc. has signed an agreement with Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) in the Americas, to distribute CTRL's UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter ultrasonic test set. Barfield will act as CTRL Systems’ primary distributor to the commercial and business aviation markets, encompassing airline operators, aircraft and component OEMs, and MROs around the world.

“We are excited about our partnership with CTRL Systems. The UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter couldn’t enter the aviation maintenance market at a better moment. It will complement our line of distributed Ground Support Test Equipment. CTRL Systems trust in Barfield to help bring solutions to customers is a testament to the quality of work our talented team puts in daily to ensure those aircraft take advantage of this technology,” said Gilles Mercier, Barfield’s Chief Executive Officer.

"Barfield's commitment to providing the best services to their customers aligns strategically with our mission to help aircraft operators, MROs, and OEMs to understand, integrate, and rely upon acoustic technology,” said Robert Roche, President and CEO of CTRL Systems.

“The Barfield name is synonymous with

aviation history and innovation,” said Jeremy Watts, CTRL’s Global Director of Business Development for Aerospace and Aviation. “Our company is honored to partner with such a storied brand. I look forward to working together with Barfield’s world-class GSTE division to help their customers effectively integrate CTRL ultrasound technology as an essential component throughout all levels of their maintenance operations.”  

The UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter, manufactured in the United States by CTRL Systems, gives aircraft maintenance technicians greater insight into the operating conditions of the aircraft systems under test. The UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter has been used by operators around the world to successfully accelerate the AOG troubleshooting process, minimizing both aircraft downtime and the cost of replacement parts. The UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter (p/n B00033) is referenced in the Boeing AMM for all commercial jet aircraft under the tool tag SPL-1473.

CTRL’s ultrasonic listening devices – including the UL101 Aviation Troubleshooter – detect acoustic ultrasound at 40kHz and convert the signal into the audible range, outputting it to an included head set or available software. In the aircraft maintenance field, this technology is used to pinpoint leaks in a variety of aircraft systems, including: cabin pressurization, O2 systems, pitot/static systems, bleed/engine air systems, and A/C packs. It is also used to detect electrical faults and intermittent wiring issues, to troubleshoot failing mechanical components, to detect internal fluid leaks, and to quickly perform valve inspections.

About CTRL Systems, Inc. CTRL Systems, Inc. are the Ultrasound Experts. Since 1989, CTRL has specialized in the design, manufacture, and integration of ultrasound-based hardware and software solutions for aircraft maintenance, condition-based monitoring, quality control, energy savings, and industrial reliability. CTRL’s mission is to help our customers understand, integrate, and rely upon acoustic ultrasound technology to make critical maintenance decisions throughout all levels of their organization. CTRL ultrasound technology is currently in regular use by over 3,000 customers around (and orbiting) the globe, including: NASA, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Southwest Airlines, and Collins Aerospace. CTRL Systems is proudly headquartered in Westminster, MD USA, where the final manufacture of all CTRL-branded hardware occurs. For more information, please visit CTRL's website or contact Jeremy Watts.

About Barfield Inc.

Barfield consists of 400 employees across its facilities in Miami, Phoenix, Louisville and Atlanta. With its leading facilities, Barfield can satisfy the needs of customers operating commercial or regional fleets in North, Central and South America. From MRO Services to Distribution and Ground Support Test Equipment (GSTE), Barfield provides complete tailor-made support programs for A320 family, 737, Bombardier, Dash 8, ATR 42 & 72 and Embraer 170 & 190 aircraft to operators in need of inventory and logistics solutions, repair management programs, engineering and fleet support, and component reliability management. Barfield is part of the AFI KLM E&M network, a major MRO provider. For more information, please visit Barfield's website or contact Victor Bontorno.

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