A data-driven planning, scheduling and resource optimisation solution to tackle the challenges of complex planning and resource management.
Safran Landing Systems is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defence and space markets. Safran’s operations in Gloucestershire focus on three main areas; large landing gear machining, medium machining and special processes. The medium machine manufacturing process specialises in a diverse array of product families requiring a range of unique and bespoke machines. Safran is interested in developing a dynamic scheduling system which can provide an intelligent rules-based system capable of reacting to changing customer demand.
You can read more about Safran Landing Systems and the challenges here.
TotalControlPro™ is an affordable and accessible SME manufacturing platform that enables control of varied production facilities, providing real-time visibility to the entire enterprise. It increases the profitability & productivity of the organisation via advanced planning, customer management, inventory, execution and intelligence capabilities, utilising cloud technology. TotalControlPro™ is committed to bringing the power of real time synchronised data to manufacturing organisations and to transform the day-to-day experience of those planning, executing and reporting across a manufacturing facility.
Despite many advances in technology, the issue of translating shopfloor know-how to top floor planning systems remains one of the biggest gaps to bridge. This dynamic, data-driven planning scheduling and resource optimisation solution tackles the challenges facing industry for complex planning and resource management. This project looks to identify best possible planning options and make recommendations to the production for scheduling. As learning occurs, recommendations become more and more accurate and responsive to the manufacturing conditions occurring, leading to precise and efficient use of resources, people, materials and machines. The solution is scalable and ultimately will assist the workforce in reducing the complexity around planning whilst understanding impact and consequences.
The solution sets out to:
Create an end-to-end connected edge device
Device management and analytics in one platform
Provide an easy to use portable device
On 09 December 2021, the programme culminated with the minimum viable product (MVP) pitches. Watch the Total Control Pro pitch below.
Talk us through an average day in the life of a Total Control Pro employee?
There is no average day in the life of any startup, but we focus on tasks that put the customer first, and call upon our values: we keep it agile and keep it simple, bring integrity, enrich the process, and stay focused on the vision.
What’s the best thing about startup life for you?
Seeing your vision come to life, and having others share the impact this makes on them and then bringing product to the market that have and add value.
What’s it been like working with Safran Landing Systems?
As a company-focused on small medium enterprises, it’s been a great opportunity to work with a very large organisation.
The team at Safran have been truly committed to what’s needed. We make them agile; they hold us to account when it comes to diligence and process. It has the foundations of a very successful partnership!
How do you think digital technologies are going to impact the (Manufacturing Industry) industry?
Overall, from the data and evidence collated, the Adaptive Planning project will be a significant contributor to the drive to improve industrial productivity by more than 30% by 2030.
Evidence points to recouping more than 30 minutes of lost production capacity per shop floor operator per day – representing the recovery of over 10,000 of lost production hours per year for a typical SME, as well as a a 10% improvement in productivity and a 15% reduction in downtime.
What are your hopes for the future of your solution?
A fully affordable commercialised offering that’s been enabled for all manufacturers large or small, so the learning of many can help raise the productivity of all.
What are your biggest learnings from the programme to date?
The many challenges faced inside a regulated environment using fully embedded legacy systems, and the opportunity for agile solutions to solve immediate problems inside this. Basically, there’s lots of room for innovation in partnership with established systems.
What are you most excited about heading into the minimum viable product phase of the programme?
Seeing the Prototype in operation on the shop floor, and quantifying the impact. That’s what our work is all about!
On 23 June 2021, the programme proudly presented the first phase insights and learnings for industry in an online event. Watch the Total Control Pro pitch below.