Rolls-Royce picks Uptake for data analysis


Rolls-Royce plc has partnered with artificial intelligence (AI) software specialist Uptake to analyse technical data from Trent-series engines in an effort to improve the serviceability of power plants.
Uptake has said that its industrial AI software will be employed to analyse a number of ‘disparate datasets’ in order to detect and resolve, through predictive maintenance, potential technical issues and to maximise time-on-wing.

The software will complement Rolls-Royce’s in-house data science capabilities at the engine maker’s R2 Data Labs, Chicago-based Uptake added.

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President of Services for Civil Aerospace, said that the manufacturer has applied analytics in its aftermarket business for many years and is continuously seeking ways to further develop its digital capabilities.

“With industrial AI and machine learning techniques, we can increase the uptime of our engines and help customers extend the life and value of their critical assets,” said Tom.

Nick Farrant, Uptake Senior Vice President of Portfolios and Industry, believes that industrial enterprises have an ‘incredible advantage given the massive amount of asset data they have at their fingertips’ and that the outcomes of data analytics are ‘indisputable’.

The software house asserts that its ‘industry-specific’ programs can turn ‘mountains of data into actionable insights’.