Published 20 Apr 2017
The details of our latest testing project, for new customer Bristow Helicopters Ltd, have now been released.
Following an ongoing fault in the Radio Altimeter system we used Ncompass-Voyager testing to rapidly detect and locate an intermittent fault in part of the system's cabling. Bristow were very happy with the rapid timescale of the project and how quickly this fault was found, and immediately began looking in to the repair needed to replace the faulty cable.
Published 07 Apr 2017
Copernicus Technology will be presenting at 2 tradeshows for the price of one on 26th April, when Managing Director Giles Huby will present in the workshop programme shared by Aviation Electronics Europe and the Avionics & Space Testing Expo.
The title of the presentation is Resetting the LRU Replacement Norm and it will cover proven strategies to reduce No FaultFound occurrences in aviation maintenance - in fact, they could be applied in numerous other industry sectors. The Abstract states:
When faced with the need to repair an aircraft Avionics fault the default assumption often made is that an Avionics Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) will be the source of the problem. This LRU Replacement Norm has been unchallenged in aircraft maintenance organisations for decades and is inextricably linked to No Fault Found (NFF). At best this Norm of repair-by-replacement leads to costly repeat arisings that degrade aircraft operational reliability or despatch rates; at worst, it affects safety and airworthiness. This paper describes the issues that sustain the LRU Replacement Norm and proposes an evidence-driven maintenance strategy approach to reduce NFF - by improving Avionics First-Time-Fix rates at the on-aircraft maintenance level - with a 3-phase approach: Containment, Measurement and Improvement.
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About Copernicus Technology
Copernicus Technology is an ISO9001:2008 company providing award-winning Ncompass™ test equipment and MRO & Logistics data exploitation tools to help our Aerospace, Defence & Transport clients reduce life-cycle costs and increase operational reliability by fixing the causes of ‘downtime’ and ‘No Fault Found’. We also provide world-leading Maritime Patrol Aircraft operations expertise through training and consultancy services. Copernicus Technology operate in Australia and the UK and we have industry partners worldwide.
Published 23 Feb 2017
Copernicus Technology is playing its part in showcasing the vital contribution that Small to Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) make to the UK Aerospace, Defence & Security industry sector, and will be presenting on this topic at a business event organised by the UK Government's Department for International Trade in Edinburgh next month.
Despite its modest size Copernicus Technology is an active member of ADS, the UK trade body for these industries, and sits on several national level ADS committees including the Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul & Logsitics (MRO&L) Network and the ADS Scotland Council. In recent months the company participated in an ADS delegation to brief the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work on the importance of the sector to the Scottish economy, and ADS' #SMESuccess publicity campaign highlighted our award-winning achievements last month (pictured):
On 15th March Copernicus Technology Managing Director, Giles Huby, will be addressing Government and industry attendees at the ADS & DIT's "Doing Business in Defence and Security Markets" event at Leonardo UK's Edinburgh site. Andy Brown of Leonardo's Airborne & Space Systems Division will talk about how Leonardo works with SMEs, Giles Huby will present "SME Experiences - a Case Study" for Copernicus Technology, and several DIT and ADS presenters will outline the market opportunities and support available.
Speaking about Copernicus Technology's invitation to speak at this significant Defence business event, Huby said "SMEs continue to be vital to innovation, responsiveness and originality in the UK's aerospace & defence supply chain and Copernicus Technology is no exception. It may sound 'big headed' but for such a small business our achievements are, frankly, remarkable - ranging from selling our unique test solutions across Europe, to collaborating with partners in the US, to delivering training in the Far East and to providing specialist MRO&L data analysis services to UK military customers. The opportunity to have this platform to represent ADS SMEs is an important accolade for us and so we intend to provide a balanced, constructive overview of the risks and rewards of doing business in this sector. Most of all we hope to encourage others to follow in our footsteps - in Scotland and the rest of the UK - by avoiding some common pitfalls and spreading their wings in selling to overseas Defence markets too".
About the Event
ADS is the Premier Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Sectors. Membership is made up of 1000 UK registered businesses. Visit the ADS website for more information.
Published 22 Feb 2017
Copernicus Technology will be at Avalon 2017 next week, meeting partners and clients at the event and playing a significant part in the show's technical conference. The show is the Australian equivalent of the Farnborough and Paris air shows and is held every 2 years at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria. Copernicus Technology will be represented at this year's event by our Australian representative GPCAPT[Retd] John Baker AM, and by our Business Development Director, Roo Hornby.
Avalon is the leading Aviation, Aerospace & Defence event in the Australian and Pacific Region and combines an international airshow, Aerospace & Defence exposition and an international technical conference. Having won the award for best Health & Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) paper at Avalon 2015, this year John Baker will again play a notable role at Avalon 2017's Australian International Aerospace Conference. John will present a Copernicus Technology paper at the HUMS section of the conference on Monday 27th on "Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Symptom and Why it Benefits the Product Life Cycle", and the following day he will chair the conference sesson on HUMS Sensor Technologies. The HUMS sessions of the conference will be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground and you can view the presentation programme here.
About Copernicus Technology
Copernicus Technology is an ISO9001:2008 company providing award-winning Ncompass™ test equipment and MRO & Logistics data exploitation tools to help our Aerospace, Defence & Transport clients reduce life-cycle costs and increase operational reliability by fixing the causes of ‘downtime’ and ‘No Fault Found’.
Copernicus Technology operate in Australia and the UK and we have industry partners worldwide.
Published 21 Dec 2016
In his 2016 Christmas message the Commander of the US Navy's Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC), Rear Admiral Mike Zarkowski (pictured), thanks his team for their hard work and ingenuity and highlights several innovations that have directly benefited the Front Line. The very first example he mentions in the video message is the use of the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) on maintenance of F-18 avionics boxes - namely the Generator Control Unit:
"At FRC West, Sailors teamed with artisans to interdict repairs for Generator Control Units using the Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System. This resulted in the GCU Time On Wing to more than double, providing what was a top ten degrader asset, to be readily available for longer periods of time in support of flight operations". Rear Adml Mike Zarkowski USN, COMFRC
IFDIS testing of F-18 GCUs has been finding faults that are missed by conventional Automatic Test Equipment, and once detected the faults are repaired by FRC technicians. GCUs that have been through this process have remained fitted on aircraft for over double the previous Mean Time Between Unscheduled Removal. As this testing continues, the increased Time On Wing for GCUs is set to increase even more in the same way that it has continued to increase in the equally successful IFDIS testing of F-16 avionics.
To find out how the proven IFDIS range of test equipment can significantly increase your fleet uptime and readiness and reduce maintenance hours and logistics costs contact us now.
Published 24 Oct 2016
Copernicus Technology will be exhibiting and presenting at this year's Advanced Engineering show at the NEC in Birmingham on Weds 2nd and Thurs 3rd Novermber. The show is aimed at all advanced engineering professionals in the UK looking for the latest technology and innovative case studies, and supply chain opportunities from industries including aerospace, automotive, motorsport, transport, civil engineering - and more.
The show floor will contain over 700 exhibiting suppliers, partners and industry bodies, so make sure you come and find us on Stand L10. Advanced Engineering also hosts the largest Open Conference of its kind, providing expert industry intel, latest technology and innovations case studies, and supply chain opportunities delivered by OEM programme managers, and industry experts. You can see our presentation at 1500 on 2nd Nov in the Aerospace Engineering session of the Open Conference.
Book a meeting with us by going to Copernicus Technology's AE2016 homepage and following the link on that page (labelled 'Book a meeting on this stand'). We look forward to seeing you at this enormous event!
Copernicus Technology Ltd, an aerospace & defence technology company based in the Moray region of Scotland has won the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) award for Excellence in Research and Innovation in this year’s SCDI Business Excellence Awards.
Copernicus Technology has built up a wealth of expertise providing ingenious products and services that successfully reduce equipment downtime for aerospace, defence, and transport customers. Their data analysis tools paved the way to apply their intermittent fault detection tester – the Ncompass-Voyager - to reduce the time taken for avionics repairs and their data analysis identifies problems early which improves the prioritisation of solutions. The tester has been successfully used on fleets ranging from the Spanish Eurofighter to the RAF’s Chinook and Hercules aircraft.
The SCDI trophy was collected by Copernicus Technology’s Managing Director, Giles Huby. Giles is pictured above, flanked by comedian and host Tim Vine on the left, and the Rt Hon David Mundell MP, the UK Government Scottish Secretary. Pictured below with the trophy are Giles and Jim Cockram, Copernicus Technology's Chairman & Technical Director. Commenting on the Company's success, Huby said:
“As a small company we’ve worked hard to develop better analytics of maintenance data and develop the Ncompass-Voyager testing products and services so that together these technologies reduce our client’s costs and equipment downtime enormously.
“Our expertise across a range of sectors has allowed us to create solutions that are innovative, cost effective and trusted by the growing list of applications that now benefit from it.
“I’m delighted that our work is receiving this recognition and I’m grateful for the hard work and energy that all of our team - most of whom are ex-RAF engineers and aircrew - have put in to achieving our current success and positioning us for further growth.”
Karen Peasnall, of HIE’s business growth team in Moray, added: “The Highlands and Islands region is home to some outstanding businesses that are leaders in their fields. Copernicus Technology is showing what can be done through the development of solutions that are not only helping them grow but improving the competitiveness and reducing costs for their clients. It’s great to see a relatively new company applying innovation in this way and I am delighted at their success in the awards.”
[Published 02 Sep 2016] Copernicus Technology will be attending DVD2016 at the Millbrook Proving Ground on 7th and 8th September and we are keen to meet with visitors and exhibitors who want to benefit from our technology solutions to reduce downtime and logistics costs. DVD2016 showcases the equipment and technology to enable the British Army to meet future challenges and embrace the need for continuous adaptation - with the background context being the Army 2020 vision for Divisional Warfare and how that is enabled by the development, modernisation and sustainment of Army capability.
One of the 3 event themes is Reducing Logistics Need:
The technologies and innovations required to minimise the Army’s logistic need within the contemporary strategic environment.