Jaguar Land Rover has recently gone through a transformation process to make its operations more cost efficient and sustainable in order to remain competitive in an extremely difficult market. This forms part of the company’s journey to Destination Zero; an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Within Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering we strive to align our innovation projects to this overarching strategy and to have a positive impact that will help Jaguar Land Rover to achieve this. As part of this vision, in 2016 we reached out to other organisations that share our ambitions and found the perfect opportunity in Prophesy (Platform for Rapid and Dynamic Deployment of Predictive Maintenance Services), as part of Horizon 2020.
Moving towards Industry 4.0 is an essential part of our ‘Factory of the Future’ vision and as such, Prophesy is one of the most important projects in our Advanced Manufacturing Technology roadmap. With the support of our Prophesy partners, this project allows us to take advantage of the vast amount of process data produced by our different production supporting systems and look at prolonging the life of our tooling, increase machine availability, reduce maintenance costs, optimise our cost per unit and increase production output.
Although this is still work in progress we are already seeing some significant procedural and organisational benefits of the work we have carried out so far whilst implementing Prophesy. Challenges faced by the industry that Prophesy has helped to address include gathering complex process data and financial information, addressing any GDPR concerns, Health & Safety and IT policies.
In addition to a Predictive Maintenance ecosystem, Prophesy also introduces a second technology which fits perfectly with another of our work streams, Remote Maintenance. We know that Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that has grown exponentially over recent years and its applications and potential benefits in industry make it highly attractive. The use of AR by Oculavis Share for remote maintenance was a success during a demonstrator at our Engine Manufacturing Centre with excellent feedback from our Machining and Maintenance teams due to its ease of use and the increase of overall production reliability and reduction of maintenance costs it offers. Oculavis Share could even be fully implemented at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in a matter of a few months.
The prospect of continuous process monitoring, prediction of machine breakdowns/failures, synchronisation of production planning and remote maintenance support makes next year very important for us as a Prophesy partner, as we continue to work with the rest of the consortium towards successful implementation.