SPONSOR – THEMES – THROUGH-LIFE ENGINEERING SERVICES
There is a new national strategy for through-life engineering services as manufacturers look to drastically decrease cost and increase availability of assets such as aero engines, trains and power stations
Leading figures from across the manufacturing industry came together in July to launch a new national strategy in Through-life Engineering Services (TES), calling for the UK to realise the economic potential of TES.
The strategy’s goal is to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in cost of ownership, with a 20 per cent improvement in availability of complex engineering assets – such as aero engines, trains or power stations – which account for at least £31.6 billion of annual UK economic output.
Cranfield University, Rolls-Royce, and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult have been leading the strategy with the support of many of the biggest names in UK manufacturing, including Babcock International, Bombardier Transportation, BAE Systems and Siemens. Together, these companies have committed to forming a cross-sector National ‘TES Council’ to inspire UK industry.
The strategy sets a clear direction of travel for the UK to embrace changes in behaviours, new business and economic models while exploiting new technologies.
GROWTH OF TES ENABLES INTEGRATION ACROSS SECTORS
The growth of TES will enable more integration between manufacturing, engineering and technology, and business model innovation, across a number of sectors such as aerospace, defence, and energy. TES innovators, including SMEs need to be able to adapt to the changing market more easily, with speed and less risk.
At Cranfield University we are playing our part in delivering the national strategy through the Through-life Engineering Services Institute which works with businesses in long-term partnerships and shorter-term projects.
The TES Institute is developing the next generation of systems needed to manage design, manufacture, operations, life extension and end-of-life of large-scale assets with expected lifetimes of up to 60 years. Cost, safety and environmental impact are considered throughout the lifecycle. Optimised support integrates diagnostics & prognostics, self-aware/sensing systems, and planning and scheduling for main-tenance decisions, support and logistics.
As part of the TES mission, we focus on finding ways to manufacture products with the highest levels of reliability and lowest levels of cost over the entire lifecycle. Hosting the EPSRC National Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services allows us to work with industry on disruptive technologies in this field.
Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) projects are supporting manufacturers as they make the transition to being service providers selling capability rather than spares. Research is providing a commercial basis by creating the new technologies needed for optimising maintenance. Our Operations Excellence Institute shares TES activities and knowledge, working with students and clusters of small manufacturing companies in collaborative projects. A virtual reality and simulation suite provides state-of-the-art visualisation of complex engineering data, event and risk simulation.
Institute devoted to TES
The Through-life Engineering Services (TES) Institute brings together the:
• Through-life Engineering Services Centre
• Pan-university Cranfield-Boeing Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre
• Operations Excellence Institute.
For further information visit: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/centres/throughlife-engineering-services-institute