Collins Aerospace Systems announces the launch of its Singapore Innovation Hub this week, a new 10,000 square foot facility. The Hub will standardize advanced digital technology solutions with a focus on robotics, automation and data science.
The Innovation Hub is expected to add more than 40 new jobs from disciplines including robotics and automation engineering, software development, and data science.
Collins Aerospace President, Aftermarket Services Gail Baker says its committed to delivering more than 40 proof of concepts over the next five years that are expected to evolve to new product and enhanced service offerings for its MRO customers.
As part of its commitment to digitally transform its MRO operations, The Innovation Hub claims it will leverage automation, sensing, and machine learning technology to address customer pain points such as inventory management and part availability.
Additionally, the Innovation Hub will advance additive manufacturing capabilities and techniques and become one of three centers of excellence for additive technologies for Collins Aerospace. These new digital, additive, and automated capabilities will also enable original equipment production to help serve customer needs.
“Leveraging the technology and insights of these proof of concepts will undoubtedly advance our MRO operations. We are looking forward to celebrating the successful implementation of industry-leading solutions that the talented Singapore-based team will produce from the Innovation Hub,” says Baker.
The Singapore facility is one of Collins Aerospace’s 15 Centers of Excellence. It claims to have delivered approximately 200,000 products to 280 customers since opening in 2005. The site serves as the center for Asia-Pacific MRO operations with other sites located in China, Australia, and Malaysia for a total of 1 million square feet of MRO shop floor space in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to Collins Aerospace GM and VP Global Repair Services Bob Butz, the Innovation Hub will maximise technology to create more seamless travel experiences for customers.
“The Innovation Hub will play a critical role in helping Collins Aerospace evolve our MRO shops by combining data science with state-of-the-art robotic and automation technology, to enhance customer connectivity. This is a significant step toward creating a more seamless travel experience for the flying public,” says Butz.
This week, Collins Aerospace also announces it entered into a long-term agreement to support Singapore Airlines’ fleet of Boeing B787 aircraft through its DispatchSM flight hour program. Dispatch guarantees the availability of high-performance avionics and communications assets to customers around the globe.
Commenting on the agreement, Collins Aerospace Vice President and GM Avionics Service and Support Craig Bries says SIA will have comprehensive support that includes critical on-site spares, maintenance services including upgrades, access to Collins Aerospace’s worldwide 787 asset pools, and technical assistance.
“With thousands of aircraft covered globally, Dispatch is a proven, cost-effective solution for our customers, reducing or eliminating the need for a spares inventory, delivering quality repairs, and improving aircraft availability. We have a longstanding relationship with SIA and we’re dedicated to providing world-class service for years to come,” says Bries.
(Ed. Collins Aerospace claims it also has existing service agreements that cover Singapore Airlines’ A350 fleet, SilkAir’s Boeing 737 fleet and Scoot’s Boeing 787 aircraft. Collins Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.. based in Farmington, Connecticut USA. It is operating in Singapore as ARINC Incorporated, as part of Collins Aerospace. The Singapore Innovation Hub is located at 39 Changi N Crescent, Singapore 499638.)