Firmly convinced that advanced data analysis is a value and growth driver, Safran created a new entity in 2015 called Safran Analytics to develop its expertise in all aspects of Big Data. The specialists in this new unit will help improve our processes and develop innovative services to reduce customers’ operating costs.
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INAUGURATION OF SAFRAN TECH
The Safran Tech Research & Technology center, located in the Paris suburb of Saclay, France’s leading science and technology cluster, was inaugurated on January 27, 2015.
Grouping nearly 300 researchers from many different horizons, Safran Tech fosters the emergence of disruptive technologies in key disciplines underpinning Safran’s businesses, including advanced materials, digital solutions, more-electric aircraft and new propulsion architectures.
We bring the future to your doorstep
Encouraging new mobility modes, supporting social progress, inventing tomorrow’s world… Safran delivers a continuous stream of innovations thanks to its extensive R&D programs, which represented total investments of 2.1 billion euros in 2015. We develop concrete solutions to address the environmental challenges of air transport, and to meet emerging domestic and international security requirements.
A new impulse for LEAP
The new LEAP engine from CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, will power the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 commercial jets. It had already logged nearly 10,000 orders and commitments at the end of 2015. To handle the fast ramp-up in production, Safran will install two pulse lines, each capable of assembling 500 engines per year. The first pulse line will be up and running in January 2017.
Creation of Safran Corporate Ventures
Safran created a corporate venture capital (CVC) entity in 2015 to finance startups that have developed breakthrough technologies or approaches in our core businesses. Safran Corporate Ventures reflects our strategy based on innovation and transformation, and is designed to create ties with the ecosystem of today’s most promising young enterprises.
Primary areas of investment include advanced materials, robotics, new manufacturing and maintenance techniques, connected sensors and data analysis, onboard energy generation, distribution, transmission and storage systems, and new identification solutions and technologies for both physical and logical security.
In 2015 Safran Corporate Ventures invested in a startup called Krono-Safe, a software developer for real-time operating systems (RTOS) in an integrated development environment (IDE) to ensure equipment operating safety.
Safran and Valeo team up on tomorrow’s vehicles
Having formed a research partnership on assisted driving and autonomous vehicles, Safran and auto parts giant Valeo unveiled some of their first joint innovations in March 2015 in Paris. These technological advances mainly concern four areas: facial recognition technologies applied to automobiles; secure connection systems; automotive vision and navigation systems; and vehicle robotization.
Quantum physics in Safran’s businesses
On March 3, 2015, Safran and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School officially launched a joint research and training chair dubbed “Ultimate photonics”. The aim is to conduct research into nano-photonics and quantum optics, which in the long run could lead to applications in Safran’s business sectors.
The targeted areas are highly impacted by advances in optics and photonics, and include detection by optical sensors and MOEMS (micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems) to ensure infrastructure security, optical data networks for avionics systems, and industrial photonics to monitor processes.
The creation of this chair reflects Safran’s strategy of standing out through technology, by focusing on the development of disruptive solutions while efficiently managing technological complexity.
Safran at the cutting edge of additive manufacturing
Safran started the production of helicopter engine parts using additive manufacturing in January 2015. Development and production versions of the new Arrano engine will feature fuel injectors made by selective laser melting (SLM), a technique also applied to the combustion chamber swirlers in future engines.
At the 2015 Paris Air Show, Safran announced an additive manufacturing partnership with Dassault Systèmes, the world leader in 3D design software. The aim of this partnership is to develop a digital solution to validate the additive manufacturing process, using Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform.