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New smart factory helps UK tech take flight

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 21 Oct 2020
  • Last modified 5 Nov 2020
How a digitally connected, first of its kind, collaborative hub will help the north prosper

"The challenge is to ensure that the UK will have world-class design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities that can deliver military aircraft for the next hundred years,” says Professor Andy Schofield, technology delivery director at BAE Systems' military aircraft facility in Lancashire. “We need to work in areas like digital manufacturing, intelligent automation, additive manufacturing, smart structures such as the use of embedded sensors, and more intelligent infrastructure.”

This is the basis of BAE Systems’ Factory of the Future and it will be a key enabler to deliver the Tempest – a future combat aircraft system that will enter service with the RAF in 2035 and is predicted to support an average of 20,000 jobs every year from 2026 to 2050, as well as contributing at least £25 billion to the UK economy in the first 30 years alone. The Factory of the Future represents the company’s embrace of Industry 4.0 (known as the fourth industrial revolution)which is the automation of manufacturing industry using 5G and AI technology.

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