By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by following this link.  OK  Find out more


Collins Aerospace unveils its Singapore Innovation Hub

Romain Guillot in Singapore
13/02/2020 | 494 words
Collins Aerospace unveils its Singapore Innovation Hub
(left, Bob Butz, general manager and vice president, Global Repair Services, at Collins Aerospace). All pictures © Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace took advantage of the Singapore Airshow opening to announce the creation of a dedicated innovation hub in the Island State, with a direct link to its facilities near Changi airport. It will use digital sciences to help improve its worldwide MRO services.

In particular, the new Collins Aerospace Systems' Singapore Innovation Hub will be dedicated to robotics, automation and data science, with major technological returns which will standardise and optimise the tools and processes which are currently being used in the equipment manufacturer's worldwide MRO network within five years, benefiting airlines. Collins Aerospace has even committed to providing over forty proof-of-concepts over the next five years.

"This is a major step for us", said a happy Bob Butz, general manager and vice president, Global Repair Services at Collins Aerospace. He announced that a 10,000 square foot facility is now dedicated to innovation in Singapore. "But this direct link to our Singapore Service Centre means that it's almost as if we had an even bigger lab", he explains to us.

He also reminded us that Collins Aerospace established a base in the Island State in the early 70s and has continued to invest there, boosted by the very high levels of labour, but also by the business environment in Singapore.

"These were also major catalysts for the creation of the hub", he tells us. The Singapore innovation hub will employ nearly forty highly skilled profiles. Bob Butz also explains that the proof-of-concepts will not just cover services, with the possibility of also seeing them adopted more widely by some the 300 Collins Aerospace production facilities.

"We feel that the hub is really marks the foundations of our MRO shop of the future", he states. "We really want to advance certain everyday activities towards activities with higher added value". He also notes that the repairs are increasingly complex while at the same time customers need more visibility by remaining connected throughout the process.

Therefore, according to Bob Butz, the maintenance shop of the future is based around three major concepts. The first is "customer connectivity", which enables interactions to be improved and sped up (customer portal, improvement of stock management and part availability, supply of repair prognosis elements and so on). Next, there is the "integrated operations" concept, which is dependent on the first concept and which will reduce a large number of processes which are currently carried out manually, thanks to optical reconnaissance, robots, real-time RFID part location and so on.

Finally, the last concept is the use of the very high volumes of data present almost everywhere in maintenance to bring unified tools to save time during the decision-making processes.

Note that the Singapore innovation centre is also intended to become one of the three centres of excellence for Collins Aerospace's additive manufacturing technologies, even if Bob Butz says that this type of part production is still heavily dependant on the certification constraints of the different authorities.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia

They made this section possible
Related articles

The first Airbus ACJ320neo is delivered to Acropolis

Boeing 787: the first major cabin modification projects begin

A320neo: Lufthansa Technik signs up with Collins Aerospace to work on its nacelles

LEAP Engines : SIA Engineering MRO facility to be built at Changi airport

26/03 AFI KLM E&M: EPCOR's Prognos for APU solution is now monitoring a fleet of nearly a thousand commercial aircraft
26/03 The new Viking CL-415EAF conversion programme takes off
26/03 Support, a vector for growth for Airbus Helicopters
26/03 Airbus Helicopters surfs on major MCO contracts
26/03 Russia to ground all international flights from midnight
26/03 London City Airport suspends flights over coronavirus
09 MAR 2020
SABENA TECHNICS has appointed PHILIPPE FOURNADET as General Manager of its Nīmes maintenance site. He has held various responsibilities in France as well as internationally, including several experiences within the Airbus Group. PHILIPPE FOURNADET was also at the origin of Tarmac Aerosave in 2008.
09 MAR 2020
GAMECO has received the FAA approval of Operations Specifications D107 at Beijing Daxing Station. With this approval, GAMECO is able to provide Line Maintenance and minor schedule checks for operators at the new airport.
04 MAR 2020
SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS and LUFTHANSA TECHNIK have signed a long-term contract for the maintenance of landing gear on the Airbus A380. By combining their respective expertise in this field, the two companies will be able to cover all aspects of landing gear MRO for the Super Jumbo.
02 MAR 2020
AEI (Aeronautical Engineers) has entered into an agreement to provide Nigeria-based ALLIED AIR with up to 4 AEI B737-800SF freighters. The agreement calls for 2 firm orders with an additional 2 options. Modification of the first aircraft (MSN 36746) will start in mid-March 2020 and will be performed by Commercial Jet in Miami (Florida). ALLIED AIR already operates with 3 AEI B737-400SF freighters.
25 FEB 2020
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has selected GKN AEROSPACE to provide technical support, MRO and spare parts for the RM16 engines for the Swedish Air Force's future Gripen E fleet. The British company will work with EOMs Saab and GE Aviation (the RM16 is based on the GE F414 engine). The activity will be carried out by its Trollhättan facility, which already supports the RM12 engine.
ALERTAVIA, the News platform for Aerospace and Defense industry Professionals.

Featured Content
AFI KLM E&M steps up a gear on CFM's LEAP
Sabena technics finally gets back on-board C-130Hs
Airbus and Thai Airways to launch a new joint venture MRO facility at U-Tapao
How Thai Airways will Expand Rolls-Royce's Trent Engine Service Network
China embarks on board aircraft recycling
Follow us
© 2020 Le Journal de l'Aviation - All rights reserved