The EPSRC Through-life Engineering Services (TES) research centre at Cranfield University played host to the inaugural No Fault Found (NFF) symposium on the 18th of March. CTL is an industry partner of the EPSRC TES Centre and takes a very active role in supporting the 5-year NFF research project being undertaken there.
The event, which was attended by 145 delegates from over 60 companies, was the first of its kind to bring together a community of practitioners who are faced with the difficult task of trying to solve the challenges of NFF.
CTL Managing Director, Giles Huby, was a key note speaker at the Symposium, where he gave a presentation focusing on the proven benefits of data exploitation solutions to NFF across the entire repair chain; and of testing solutions for one of the major root causes of NFF: intermittent faults.
He explained how conventional testing fails to adequately detect and localise intermittent faults, resulting in speculative removals and hence unnecessary maintenance, provided examples of the cost impact on the aerospace sector, before explaining that the solution is to apply full testing to all test points simultaneously and continuously. He concluded the presentation by providing case studies to illustrate CTL’s successful NFF solutions for data-driven and targeted use of Intermittent Fault Detection Equipment (IFD) as being fundamental to rapidly finding fault root causes.
CTL’s presentation from the NFF symposium can be downloaded here
The NFF Symposium Report can be downloaded here
CTL is pleased to announce that they have signed a distribution agreement with Derco Aerospace Inc which assigns exclusive rights to supply Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation (IFDIS) and derivates of the Ncompass™ technology to certain customers in the European Union (EU). This agreement capitalises on the strength of CTL as Subject Matter Experts in solutions for solving No Fault Found issues, and Derco’s long-standing commercial links and technical prowess with key customers in the EU.
“We are delighted at the announcement of our distribution agreement with Derco to provide the award-winning IFDIS systems to their customers across the EU,” said Giles Huby, Copernicus Technology’s Managing Director. “This is an outstanding opportunity to harness our collective expertise to ensure IFD systems deliver a tangible step-change improvement to maintenance diagnostics in the EU’s aerospace, defence and technology sectors.”
CTL are proud to announce that their Technical Director, Jim Cockram, has been appointed to Scotland’s Technology Advisory Group (TAG). TAG was formed under the Scottish Enterprise to: Transform Scotland’s research and development base into a major driver for the Scottish economy; Encourage the widespread adoption of technology as an enabler of growth across all industry; Enable new and existing companies to build on Scotland's strong technology capabilities.
TAG is a three-way partnership between business, academia and government, and focuses on technologies which deliver (or have the potential to deliver) leading capabilities, and on companies and organisations which have technology and/or advanced engineering as a core business competence.
“I am delighted to be appointed to the Group”, said Jim Cockram, “Scotland’s strength is in its innovation, and to realise its true potential, collaboration across Government, Corporations, SMEs and Academia is key to its success; TAG helps to underpin this vision and move Scotland to the fore in a Global market. Being a member of TAG affords me the opportunity to assist in building and supporting a framework that is useful and that we can be proud of”.
01 Mar 2013 – Copernicus Technology Ltd announces NOVA: the unique data exploitation solution that forges knowledge from data for organisations maintaining and operating complex systems. NOVA is a flexible solution that can be applied to commercial and military aerospace applications as well as to numerous other industry sectors, from Digital Healthcare to Oil & Gas.
NOVA draws on 2 areas in which CTL has vast experience: data exploitation and aircraft maintenance/airworthiness management. Some time ago, we realised that the UK’s Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA) was likely to examine how military aircraft technical data should be managed and exploited to underpin airworthiness and air safety management. Anticipating the likely needs of MOD air systems project teams faced with operational imperatives, shrinking budgets and regulatory demands, we set about designing a data exploitation solution to help, and NOVA was the result.
The concept of NOVA is based not on the collection of more data, but on the collection of the right data to exploit it more effectively. In particular NOVA:
- Draws together existing islands of data and makes it easy to add new data types.
- Enables the easy assimilation of all relevant data for a fleet, or an aircraft, or a serial numbered item.
- Provides knowledge for investment decisions.
- Supports RAPID ‘deep-dive’ investigations into technical and safety issues, combining operator reports, trends and individual job card detail.
For UK MOD customers NOVA delivers all this and much more in a flexible, value-add package that directly supports ODHs, CAMOs, TAAs, Maintenance Organisations and Design Offices in meeting the requirements of MAA Regulatory Article 1140 in full.
Not only that, for any client maintaining and operating complex systems, NOVA is the data exploitation solution that helps you to see the real picture…
01 Jan 2013 – Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL) is pleased to announce that it is adding expert training and consultancy services in Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) to its range of products and services.
The need for trained, expert MPA & ISR operators is clear. Oceans and seas cover 70% of the globe and 80-90% of international trade travels by Sea. With the proliferation of nations that own submarines and with piracy and terrorism offering an increasingly unpredictable maritime security environment, there is a growing requirement for MPA to protect not only nations’ home waters, but also their vital trade routes and interests worldwide. Whilst existing MPA-capable forces need to maintain their edge, more and more nations are now adding MPA-capability to their armed forces by using a new generation of diverse and flexible ISR aircraft of varying sizes such as the Airbus Military C295, ATR 72 MP, Boeing P-8, Embraer EMB 145 MP, Saab 2000 MPA and the Dassault Falcon 900 MPA.
01 Jan 2013 - The Defence Management Journal is a leading and authoritative publication for the UK defence community, and is widely distributed to members of the armed forces, civil servants, industry leaders and also to the broader international defence community.
CTL was profiled in issue 57 of the DMJ, and CTL articles on No Fault Found causes and solutions have been published in subsequent issues (58 and 59). To view the articles click on the text below.
Company Profile of CTL
01 Jan 2013 – The first ever conference in the UK dedicated to solving the No Fault Found problem will be held at Cranfield University on Monday 18th March 2013. The No Fault Found Symposium is being organised by the EPSRC Centre in Through-life Engineering Services (TES) and aims to bring together the community of practitioners faced with solving the challenges of NFF in order to provide them with an outstanding opportunity to hear speakers from industry, academia and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) describe the latest developments and pioneering solutions to the enduring NFF problem.