Surgical Innovations Group, a developer of surgical equipment for minimally invasive surgery, has signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce to develop instruments for use in the repair, overhaul and maintenance of aero engines.
Surgical’s design team, working in conjunction with Rolls-Royce engineers, has designed and developed patented inspection devices that incorporate advanced surgical instrument technology.
These devices facilitate access to locations that are three-dimensionally displaced from the original entry point, enabling the inspection of internal components of an engine whilst it is installed on the aircraft, obviating the need to strip the engine down.
Surgical plans to support up to five projects a year. Each project undertaken will be for the design of an instrument for a specific procedure on a particular engine. Over the course of the agreement, revenue will be generated by the design process and device sales resulting from each project.
In addition, Surgical will receive £800,000 over the ten-year agreement period for licensing fees and access to technology.
Commenting on the agreement, Doug Liversidge CBE, Chairman of Surgical Innovations Group plc, said: “Our agreement with Rolls-Royce represents a significant and innovative step forward for Surgical Innovations. The strength of our design team is enabling us to adapt our technologies for use in other industries.”