Rolls Royce secures US Navy production agreement
As part of the agreement Rolls Royce has secured a deal with the US Navy for the production of ship engines, propulsion components and services valued at up to US$115.6mn with works expected to be completed in 2026.
“Rolls-Royce is proud to support the U.S. Navy through an extensive portfolio of engines and propulsion system components, as well as service agreements. Rolls-Royce propulsion equipment is in service around the globe on nearly all U.S. Navy ships and the new agreements reflect continued confidence from the Navy in Rolls-Royce products,” Leo Martins, Rolls-Royce Defense, Program Director, U.S. Naval & Coast Guard Platforms.
The engine contract
The engine contract - valued at US$34.4mn - is a continuation of a previous production agreement for 16 new MT7 gas turbine engines for the Navy’s Ship to Shore Connector Landing Craft. Rolls Royce is the exclusive provider of gas-turbine engines which is produced by Textron.
Rolls Royce’s MT7 engine is produced in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the US, and is a variation of the company’s AE 1107C engine which powers the V-22 aircraft
The propulsion component contract
The propulsion component contract - valued at US$10.9mn - will include the production of main propulsion monobloc propellers, propeller hubs, blades and other components. The ship components will be produced at Rolls Royce’s facilities in Walpole, Massachusetts.
The services agreement
The services agreement - valued at up to US$70.3mn - will cover maintenance and repair services of the Navy’s controllable pitch propeller (CPP) hubs and oil distribution boxes (OD Boxes) for the ship classes such as the DDG 51 destroyers.
The ship components will also be serviced at Rolls-Royce facilities in Walpole.
In addition to its agreement with the Navy, Rolls Royce has almost completed its US$400mn advanced manufacturing improvements project in Indianapolis where the MT7 engines are produced. THe advanced manufacturing capabilities are part of a US$600mn investment program that began in 2015.
Rolls Royce will also be investing in upgrades for its Walpole facility to enhance its production and services facilities.
About Rolls Royce
Founded in 1906, Rolls Royce is a leader in industrial technology. Throughout its history, Rolls Royce has aspired to achieve extraordinary goals.
“Along the way, we have developed ground-breaking technologies, established new standards and shaped the world we live in. This quest has taken us from our founding expertise in internal combustion engines to providing the world’s most powerful and efficient aero-engines,” states Rolls Royce.
“As pioneers, we must continuously innovate to provide the best solutions. This requires us to anticipate the opportunities and challenges our customers will face.”
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Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.