Rolls-Royce robots will help engineers remotely repair jet engines

Rolls-Royce robots will help engineers remotely repair jet engines

Rolls-Royce robots will help engineers remotely repair jet engines
Researchers from Nottingham University are working with Rolls-Royce to develop robots that can perform remote repairs on airplane engines, without removing them from the wing. 

Removing an engine from a plane to repair it is expensive and time-consuming so manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce prefer to conduct ‘on-wing’ inspection and repairs where possible. 

This work is done by skilled engineers who use cameras and probes to analyse and repair problems. Because it’s such a specialised job, there are few people able to do it, and they often have to fly around the world to carry out repairs.

A team at the University of Nottingham’s Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre of Manufacturing are building remote-controlled robots that can do the same job. 

The idea is that the skilled engineers will then be able to investigate problems and perform repairs remotely from Rolls-Royce’s base in Derby.

“Instead of sending an engineer to Singapore, someone less skilled can mount the engine on the robot,” the lead researcher told Professional Engineering. “The robot can insert itself, make observations, and then start repairing - with everything operated by the guy from Derby.”
 
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