GKN Aerospace reports that it is leading a UK project focused on trialling digital technologies in the manufacturing environment.

According to the company, the Smart Connected Shop Floor project will focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent robotics, augmented reality, smart devices and data analytics. 

Nissan, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Meggitt, BAE Systems, Airbus and AT Engines Controls Ltd are also involved in the project, which is funded as part of the UK government’s Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge

‘Smart manufacturing can lead to a step change in competitiveness for the UK aerospace industry as well as having significant benefits in reducing our environmental footprint,’ said Russ Dunn, chief technology officer at GKN Aerospace. ‘The Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge is potentially ground-breaking, and we are delighted that the government is supporting this project to help the UK stay at the forefront of exciting and emerging manufacturing technologies.’

This story uses material from GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.