The Digital Catapult Made Smarter Technology Accelerator has unleashed world-class expertise in the UK tech sector. We are delighted to be 1 of 14 companies working with some of industry’s biggest players to drive innovation & help them thrive in Industry 4.0. The programme has paired us up with Safran Landing Systems to help them develop a data-driven planning scheduling and resource optimisation solution that tackles their challenges of complex planning and resource management.
What is the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator Programme?
Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is a national programme designed to advance the innovation and understanding of digital technology for industry. As part of the Made Smarter movement, the programme works with both leading UK manufacturers and pioneering technology startups to develop innovative technology solutions to many of the UK’s manufacturing challenges.
Safran Landing Systems – Industry Challenge Owner
Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Their medium machine manufacturing process specialises in a diverse array of product families requiring a range of unique and bespoke machines. These factors alongside static data, complex routings and a priority list planning approach bring a level of scheduling complexity to the operations.
Currently, scheduling is a predominantly manual process with support from a bespoke manufacturing execution system (MES) focused more on paperless execution rather than intelligent scheduling and execution. This setup can lead to delays, increased inventory issues and inefficiencies and a resource-heavy shop floor unable to react quickly to priorities.
Safran is interested in developing a dynamic scheduling system that can provide an intelligent rules-based system capable of reacting to changing customer demand. The solution needs to be scalable and ultimately assist the workforce in reducing the complexity around planning whilst understanding impact and consequences. An agile and adaptable solution to increase scheduling efficiency.