The Smart Manufacturing Joint Lab between A*STAR, Rolls-Royce and Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd (SAESL) was first established in September 2017 to accelerate the development of solutions for automatic, digital, adaptive manufacturing and repair for the aerospace industry.

Examples of innovative products that have come out of this joint lab include:

  • An automated boron nitride spray process developed for Rolls-Royce’s Seletar facility, which has been deployed by local SME KA Industrial Engineering
  • A new technology that automates part of an inspection process in jet engine manufacturing. Local system integrators Zincode Technologies and Sysmatic Global worked together with us on the solution, which uses an array of cameras and specialised lighting to capture detailed images of jet engine fan blades
(From left) Rolls-Royce’s Dr Bicky Bhangu; A*STAR’s Professor Tan Sze Wee; ARTC’s Dr David Low; Sysmatic Global’s Mr Gavin New; and Zincode Technologies’ Mr David Tan.

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Since 2017, the joint lab has seen nearly 30 R&D projects from
around 100 companies
more than
of which are local

In June 2019, A*STAR and Rolls-Royce invested
into the joint lab with SAESL, bringing the total investment of the 5-year collaboration to