PRESS RELEASE 31 MARCH 2017
Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) first collaborative project to develop scalable fixtures has been successfully delivered to Rolls-Royce. The scalable fixtures will be installed in the production line of Rolls-Royce’s Fan Blade Singapore facility by end of 2016.
The project was defined and signed in September 2015 between AMIC, Rolls- Royce, German Malaysian Institute (GMI), Strand Aerospace, and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). AMIC coordinated this collaboration group and saw the project through from concept to production ready fixture within a year’s time.
AMIC CEO, Razman Shah Rajab, explained: “This scalable fixtures project falls under AMIC’s Factory of the Future area of research. We earmarked it as a rapid development project, which was conceptualised with two key objectives in mind: first, to develop Malaysia’s capabilities in innovative design and fixtures development for aerospace; and second, to improve current fixtures used for aero- engine manufacturing through innovative thinking.”
The project achieved the targets set at the start: fast and efficient component setup, improve operational safety; and Reduce time of installation on CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine.
Dr Bicky Bhangu, a Board Member of AMIC representing Rolls-Royce said: “Rolls- Royce became a pioneer member of AMIC to catalyse innovative development with its members. We are very pleased with what AMIC and our project collaborators have delivered. The scalable fixtures will improve our fixture conversion cycle time which will translate to huge productivity improvements in our facility.”
Rolls-Royce’s Fan Blade Singapore facility produces Wide Chord Fan Blades for the Trent 900, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB aero engines. At full capacity, it can produce 8,600 fan blades a year. In total, about 80 complex processes are
involved. Adding to this complexity, the production line consists of a number of different fixtures, which is unique for each fan blade. The project reduces the number of fixtures by developing a single “scalable” fixture, which can be used with a variety of fan blade types.
The project completion handover between Rolls-Royce and AMIC was witness by MITI’s Secretary General Datuk Seri J. Jayasiri, Senior Director of Sectorial Policy (Industry) Datin K. Talagavathi, and Head of NAICO Prof. Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah.