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BAE Systems and Digital Catapult strengthen ongoing partnership with new supply chain project

Posted 22 Nov 2022

BAE Systems and Digital Catapult are collaborating to boost understanding of how digital technologies can deliver benefits to BAE Systems’ supply chain operation.

A significant amount of BAE Systems’ business is delivered by its supply chain, and through the introduction of digital technology there is a huge opportunity to decrease risk, reduce time to market and improve quality through a more collaborative approach and improved visibility.

Innovative supply chain technology is at the heart of several programmes led by Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology, with major initiatives targeting businesses in the UK’s manufacturing sectors. Digital Catapult and BAE Systems have worked together on major digital innovation projects including:

  • DCMS funded 5G Factory of the Future to develop a smart factory with fully integrated 5G capabilities;
  • Made Smarter Technology Accelerator saw cutting edge startups help BAE Systems address challenges around manufacturing defects and quality control;
  • Made Smarter INTELI aims to achieve significant reductions in supply chain costs through improved efficiencies using distributed ledger technologies, internet of things and artificial intelligence to improve additive manufacturing processes for high value aerospace components.

The latest collaboration for the two companies focuses on developing a clear strategy and roadmap for understanding the benefits of different approaches to building a digital first supply chain, highlighting the opportunities to decrease risk, reduce time to market and improve quality through a more collaborative approach, all enabled by advanced digital technology.

The growth of a digital supply chain is a key enabler for potential use of digital twin capabilities, as well as digital data exchange, and near real time visibility of supply chain performance.