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Winning at Concurrent Engineering in Aerospace


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This seminar intends to examine some recent case studies from leading aerospace companies from the concept stage to production.

Date and Time

06 November 2014 - 17:30-19:30


Derby, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Aerospace TPN.

About this event

Concurrent engineering has been around for decades but it isn’t necessary executed well.  This seminar intends to examine some recent case study history from leading aerospace companies to see what is working for them, from the concept stage to production.

The seminar will cover:
Organisation – getting all functions involved early on in the process to get the right design result.
Process – the use of product quality planning tools within Concurrent Engineering.
Tools – some of the tools that can help implementation of the process.


17:30-18:00 Registration and refreshments

18:00-18:05 Welcome (Jonathan Watson)

18:05-18:35 Benefits of concurrency in action- A Rolls Royce case study (Jonathan Watson)

18:35-19:15 Role of product quality planning within aerospace design for manufacture (Phil Bamforth)

19:05-19:35 The Tools Used in Product Introduction Management (Ian Williamson)

19:15-19:30 Close


This is a free event

Additional information

Speaker biographies

Jonathan Watson – Chief Manufacturing Engineer, Strategy & Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce plc
Jonathan has worked for Rolls-Royce since 1986 in a variety of roles across Manufacturing Technology, Supply Chain Development, Purchase and Manufacturing Engineering. He is currently Chief Manufacturing Engineer for their Civil Aerospace Future Programmes business. This involves engine campaigns with airframers (e.g. Boeing, Airbus), driving new manufacturing technologies and fulfilling his passions of driving improvements in Concurrent Product Development, Design for Manufacture and Innovation.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Phil Bamforth – Chief of Design for Manufacture, Aerospace Supply Chain, Rolls-Royce plc
Phil is currently Chief of Design for Manufacture within the Rolls-Royce aerospace supply chain. He is responsible for ensuring the capabilities (People, Process and Tools) are in place to support effective Design for Manufacture across Rolls-Royce New Product Introduction and legacy product.  Prior to working for Rolls-Royce Phil gained his PhD from Loughborough University, focusing on laser materials processing and machine vision systems. Since joining Rolls-Royce ten years ago he has spent a significant amount of time within Manufacturing, Metrology and Quality environments. He has led a number of change programmes within Rolls-Royce and worked with international committees within the Metrology and wider Aerospace Industries.

Ian Williamson – Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick
Ian is a time served Chartered Engineer and has spent a period of his career working in New Product Introduction (NPI) within the aerospace industry.  Currently Vice Chair of the Manufacturing Technical Professional Network and a committee member of the Midland Manufacturing Network.  Recently assisting the Associate Party Manufacturing Group
Inquiry, on Manufacturing Culture and Competitiveness. Resulting in the report entitled: Making Good.


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