GE Aviation and aerospace giant Leonardo are jointly developing digital products intended to help Leonardo better manage components for the UK's fleet of Leonardo Helicopters AW101s and Eurofighter Typhoons.
A memorandum of understanding between the companies calls for creation of digital component tracking tools that would enable staff to quickly determine the location of parts. The technology will also allow Leonardo to better forecast component requirements, GE Aviation says.
The data will be stored in a cloud-based database.
GE Aviation employees will work with Leonardo "to help plan, build and accelerate digital transformation", the company says. "The key objectives for the partnership are to improve business performance and reduce costs by developing digital tools and a digitised support environment to enhance the way Leonardo manages availability of their contracted fleet."
Though Leonardo will initially use the tools primarily to track avionics, the technology stands to benefit any OEM or MRO shop that manages large parts inventories.
"The partnership will look to utilise the products developed to win new UK and international support contracts, plus offer new digital tools for OEM and MRO markets," GE Aviation says.