High-tech vehicle research centre opens in UK

Major companies back development of research into vehicle-health monitoring and maintenance

A centre for the development of high-tech vehicle health monitoring for various manufacturing sectors has opened in the UK with the backing of Boeing and other major companies.

The Integrated Vehicle Management (IVHM) centre has been set up at Cranfield University with backing from Boeing and its other partners – BAE Systems, Meggitt, Rolls-Royce, Thales and the East of England Development Agency.

The centre, which has had £8.5m of funding over five years, aims to develop existing vehicle health-management systems to offer a “total health check” for high-tech, high-value assets, according to Cranfield.

Although the research will initially centre on high-tech aircraft functions using sensors and real-time monitoring, the Cranfield partners are aiming to apply the technology to other manufacturing and service sectors including healthcare for patient monitoring.

Professor Clifford Friend of Cranfield University said: “This multi-sector initiative, embracing aerospace, automotive, rail, marine and energy, will improve the understanding of vehicles’ condition and hence provide innovative approaches to maintenance and service-based industry challenges.”

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