Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures (VIEWS)
In April 2014, thirteen partners came together to work on a £30 million ATI-funded project. The two-year VIEWS project (Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures) aimed at reducing the cost of wing manufacture and assembly by 20% and process time by 80%. The project will help enhance competitiveness, safeguard jobs, and increase the attractiveness of the UK for future aircraft structures manufacture.
The VIEWS team is led by GKN Aerospace, with three other top tier industrial partners: Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services (Belfast), Spirit AeroSystems and GE Aviation. To exploit the UK’s wealth of innovation and knowledge, the team also includes five High Value Manufacturing Catapult network and four leading UK universities.
It is a diverse programme progressing over 100 separate technology strands. The programme has now finished, and has produced test demonstrators of key technologies.“VIEWS is a unique consortium – the industrial partners are competitors in many areas, but have directly collaborated to develop technologies with substantial potential impact,” explained David Mouatt, Programme Manager. “There is a realisation that we must avoid duplicate effort, and that collaboration can bring in additional knowledge.”Download the Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures (VIEWS) case study