Rolls-Royce launches smart phone app to reduce engine damage

Rolls-Royce has developed an app which will allow users to track and record foreign object debris (FOD), a common cause of engine damage, straight from their smart phone.

The first-of-a-kind research contract, awarded by the United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and funded by the US Marine Corps, will help to avoid future FOD costs – potentially amounting to billions of dollars – and secures Rolls-Royce’s position as an essential provider of pioneering technology.

The App enables Marines to report FOD found across their sites more quickly and efficiently. Using a smart phone, users will be able to scan objects to capture high quality imagery, accurate GPS location and size which are then sent for analysis in a central database – moving the right data to the right user at the right time.

Paul Craig, President of Defence Services at Rolls-Royce said: “This is a first for our business and demonstrates our ability to develop pioneering technologies that will enhance safety, efficiency and deliver a cultural change for our customers. Our focus on FOD and our customers doesn’t stop for a moment and this milestone not only demonstrates the value of the App itself but provides a platform for us to springboard into other services.”

Developed at Rolls-Royce, the new FOD App is the first of its kind to be purchased by NAVAIR.

Rolls-Royce Defence has teamed up with Calvium Ltd, a Digital Technology Agency based in Bristol, UK, to deliver the FOD App into USMC operations.

Jo Reid, Managing Director, says: “Calvium are proud to have co-created this innovative digital app, which improves FOD operations for Rolls-Royce’s customers. We are excited to continue to aid the Rolls-Royce mission to tap into the disruptive potential of digital technologies and create the solutions of tomorrow.”