Rolls-Royce taps AI software maker Uptake to spot issues

British aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce has partnered with Chicago-based artificial intelligence software maker Uptake to spot possible operational issues in its Trent engine fleet ahead of time, Reuters reported.
Rolls-Royce engineersUptake provides artificial intelligence software to industrials companies to help them predict the performance of complex machines by combining data analytics and machine learning.

Rolls-Royce, whose Trent engines power Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner jets and Airbus SE’s new A330neo widebody aircraft, has been grappling with problems affecting blades on some of the engines, which has resulted in delayed aircraft deliveries for the planemakers.

Uptake’s software will empower Rolls-Royce with a number of disparate datasets, providing insights into the engine performance and improving the availability of the engine fleet for airline customers.

“With industrial AI and machine learning techniques, we can increase the uptime of our engines and help customers extend the life and value of their critical assets,” said Tom Palmer, senior vice president of services for Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace business.

Meanwhile, Germany called on Tuesday for European cooperation on developing artificial intelligence (AI) to close the gap on leaders China and the United States.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier made the call after Berlin’s AI strategy was faulted by researchers, entrepreneurs and investors for lacking the vision and cash to sustain German industrial prowess.

U.S. and Chinese tech companies are leading the way in deploying AI to automate office tasks, support autonomous driving, or talk to a digital voice assistant.

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