Ramco Systems recently opened an engineering lab in Singapore which will focus on developing advanced aviation IT solutions.
Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lab combines engineering and research talent from Ramco with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) as Ramco's first co-innovator partner.
More than 50 global innovators are expected to be working at the lab which is located at Ramco's regional headquarters in Singapore. They will work on developing intellectual property and solutions to solve major problems facing the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry, said Ramco.
These solutions include:
- Internet of Things, or embedded sensors for aviation components;
- Machine learning equipment which can cut down on manual maintenance and checking;
- Analytics for engineering planning and optimisation to reduce aircraft on ground (AOG);
- Robotics for the shopfloor and drones to inspect aircraft on the tarmac; and
- Wearable devices including Google Glass for on-ground engineers.
Ramco hopes that the lab will help spur innovation in the global MRO industry to enable it to overcome potential bottlenecks amidst the continued growth in international air traffic and expansion of airports. As such, the lab will serve as a collaborative platform for airlines and disruptive tech companies, which Ramco and AFI KLM E&M intend to facilitate with other aviation-related researchers.
"Innovation and disruptive technologies are key to the growth of the aviation MRO industry, where many manual procedures could be improved. This lab positions us at the forefront of research in this sector, which will benefit airlines across Asia, if not the world. We intend to tap the brightest minds in Asian aviation to develop bespoke, future-ready IPs that bring MRO into the 21st century," said Virender Aggarwal, CEO of Ramco.
"Through this Lab, Ramco will work with leading aerospace companies and airlines in Singapore to co-develop and catalyse lead adoption of transformative digital solutions. The collaborations will enable delivery of greater value and new services offerings for the industry from Singapore," said Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.
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