GKN Aerospace leading smart manufacturing project to increase productivity

Smart connected shop floor ©GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is leading the Smart Connected Shop Floor project as part of the U.K.’s Manufacturing Made Smarter challenge. The U.K. government and industry are jointly investing to support businesses to implement new technology to boost manufacturing productivity.

GKN Aerospace is leading a cross-sectoral team of experts trialing advanced digital technologies in the manufacturing environment. The project will focus on technology exploitation of artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent robotics, augmented reality, smart devices and data analytics.  This will aim to exploit the productivity opportunities of the digital space, empowering end users, creating an eco-system of digital technologies and aiding real-time cost effective manufacturing decisions across the various supply chains. The project will also have a strong focus on developing new skills and capability in this important field and will enable improvements in environmental sustainability, which can be scaled globally.

GKN Aerospace, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Meggitt, BAE Systems, Airbus and AT Engines Controls Ltd. will bring together their expertise across sectors. 25 highly-specialized engineers and operators will work together on the program, of which a number will be based out of GKN Aerospace’s Global Technology Centre in Bristol.

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