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What we buy

The Supply Chain Management Teams are tasked with creating the best performing external supply chain, delivering competitive advantage to Rolls-Royce and our customers.  To better understand the commodities that we buy please refer to the links below.

Combustion and casings

Commodities
Cannular Combustor Fabrication
Annular Combustor Fabrication
Flame Holders Fabrication
Re-Heat Structures Fabrication
Fuel Spray Systems
Burners
Fuel Nozzles
Liners Fabrication
Fuel Manifolds
Combustion Walls
Combustion Heat Shields and Tiles
Combustion Head Machining
Combustion Head Casting
Combustion Head Fabrication
One-Piece Forging
Casing Machining
Casing Seal Segments
VIGV Rings
Casing and Ring Roll Forging
Casing and Ring Die Forging
Casing Fabrication

Combustor components are typically manufactured in Nickel super alloys with extensive thermal protection systems. 

Casings are manufactured in Titanium, Nickel super alloys and Steels.

Compressors

Commodities
Compressor Blades and Vanes Machining
Compressor Blades and Vanes Electric Chemical Machining
Compressor Blade Machining – Snubber
Compressor Blades and Vanes – from Bar
Compressor Aerofoil Vane Variable
Compressor Aerofoil Forging

The major manufacturing processes used within the Compressors commodity include a range of forging processes, machining, including multi-axis adaptive milling, high speed grinding and turning, and a supporting range of process finishing technologies which include adaptive robotic polishing, peening, metal spray and super-finishing.

Compressor aerofoils and seals are manufactured in Titanium alloys, Nickel based alloys and Steels.

Controls

Commodities
Software
FADEC
Electronic Engine Controls
Hydro-Mechanical Equipment
Pneumatic Valves, Fuel Pumps and Actuator
Engine Health Monitoring Units
Sensors
Fuel/Oil/Air Heat Exchangers
Air Starters
Filters 
Ignition Systems

All components are procured from Design/Make suppliers whilst the embedded software is developed either within the Supply Chain Unit or by suppliers.

Fans

Commodities
Fan Blade Solid Machining
Fan Blade – Honeycomb
Fan Blade – Super Plastic Formed
Fan Blade Plate
Fan Seals Machining
Annulus Fillers
Annulus Filler Seals
Spinner Fabricated
Spinner Composite
Fan Case Assembly
Fan Inlet Guide Vane / Outlet Guide Vane Composite
Fan Inlet Guide Vane / Outlet Guide Vane Solid
Fan Inlet Guide Vane / Outlet Guide Vane Fabricated
Fan Case Composite Liners
Rear Fan Case Composite
Fan Case Metal Machining
Rear Fan Case – Fabricated – Titanium
Rear Fan Case – Fabricated – Aluminium

The major manufacturing processes used include clean technologies for the core pattern printing, diffusion bonding, superplastic forming, adaptive machining and laser shock peening for aerofoil manufacture, and turning, fabrication, plasma welding and assembly processes.

Components are typically manufactured in a range of Titanium alloys.

 

General machining

Commodities
Large Machining
Small Machining
Prismatics

Make to print components ranging from small prismatic parts to large complex machined parts.  These are manufactured from various materials.

Installations

Commodities
Gas Generator Fairing – Fabrication
Gas Generator Fairing – Composite
Turbine Case Cooling Manifold 
Splitter Fairing – Fabrication
Splitter Fairing – Composite
Brackets
Rigid Pipes
Harnesses
Flexi Hoses
Ducting
Nacelles

Installations is defined as aero engine nacelles, engine mountings, including the engine pylon and the engine Externals/Engine Build Up (EBU).  Competencies include nacelle aerodynamics, fire precautions and nacelle ventilation, design, stress, pipe and harness routing.

 

Rotatives

Commodities
Compressor Drum Assembly
Compressor Disc Machining made from solid Integrated Blade and Disc
Linear Friction Welded
Integrated Blade and Disc Fabrication
Turbine Disc and Cover Plate Machining
Fan Disc Machining
Fan Disc Forging
Compressors Disc Forge
Turbines Disc Forge
Main Line Shafts Machining
Main Line Shaft Forging
Main Line Shaft Flow Form
Stub Shaft Welded
Stub Shaft Single Piece Machining
Stub Shaft Forging
Impellor Machining

The major manufacturing processes used include chip machining (turning, milling and grinding), joining (Electron Beam Welding, Inertial Welding, Linear Friction Welding) and surface technology processes (coating, painting and peening). 

Components are typically manufactured in Titanium alloys and Nickel super alloys.

 

Transmissions, structures and drives

Commodities
Compressor Drum Assembly
Compressor Disc Machining made from solid Integrated Blade and Disc
Linear Friction Welded
Integrated Blade and Disc Fabrication
Turbine Disc and Cover Plate Machining
Fan Disc Machining
Fan Disc Forging
Compressors Disc Forge
Turbines Disc Forge
Main Line Shafts Machining
Main Line Shaft Forging
Main Line Shaft Flow Form
Stub Shaft Welded
Stub Shaft Single Piece Machining
Stub Shaft Forging
Impellor Machining

The major manufacturing processes used include chip machining (turning, milling and grinding), joining (Electron Beam Welding, Inertial Welding, Linear Friction Welding) and surface technology processes (coating, painting and peening). 

Components are typically manufactured in Titanium alloys and Nickel super alloys.

 

Turbines

Commodities
LP Turbine Modules
HP/IP Blades and Vanes – Finishing
LPT Blades and Vanes – Finishing
Turbine Seal Segments – Finishing
Turbine Blade/Bane/Segment Cast – SX
Turbine Blade/Bane/Segment Cast – DS
Turbine Blade/Bane/Segment Cast – Eqx
Turbine Blade Cast Stick
Turbine Blade Ceramic Cores

The major manufacturing processes include investment casting, grinding, electro discharge machining and laser drilling.

Components are typically manufactured in Nickel super alloys, with a range of thermal and environmental protection systems.

Tooling and ground support equipment

Commodities

Manufacturing Tooling ISO
  • Manufacturing Tooling – Tooling Design

  • Manufacturing Tooling – Design & Make
  • Manufacturing Tooling – Make to Print
  • Manufacturing Tooling – Repairs, Rework and Mods of tooling
  • Manufacturing Tooling – Calibration
Strip/Build Tooling SABRE
  • Strip / Build Tooling – Tooling Design
  • Strip / Build Tooling – Design & Make
  • Strip / Build Tooling – Make to Print
  • Strip / Build Tooling – Repairs, Rework and Mods of tooling
  • Strip / Build Tooling – Calibration
Ground Support Equipment SABRE
  • GSE Design – Tooling Design
  • GSE Strip / Build Tooling – Design & Make
  • GSE – Make to Print
  • GSE - Repairs, Rework and Mods of Tooling
  • GSE – Calibration
  • Engine Flow Lines & Equipment

 

Labour

Commodities

Research and  Technology
  • University (UTC’s)
  • Research Services
Manufacturing Engineering Work Packages
  • Machining Tool Design
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
Design Engineering Work Packages
  • Component Design & Integrated Work Packages
  • Systems Design & Whole Engine Modelling
  • Technical Publications
  • Controls Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Detailed Drafting/Modelling/CDG
  • Development/Experimental, Configuration Control & Safety & Reliability
  • Service & Repair Engineering (including field support)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Safety Cases (Submarines specific)
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Stress (Structural Analysis & Applied Science
  • Aerodynamics & Performance
  • Test Engineering
  • Installation & Commissioning Services
  • Measurement Systems
Manpower Resourcing
  • Contract Labour (Temporary)
  • Recruitment Selection Tools (Permanent)
  • Personal Service Agreements
  • Internal Transfers & Secondments
Labour Business & Consultancy Services
  • Labour Consultancy Services
  • Engineering Business, Quality, HS&E and Program Management

Machine services

Commodities

Machine Services
  • Installation/removal
  • Storage Systems
  • Machines Moves
  • Refurbish/Upgrade
  • Second Hand Machines
  • CNC Programming
  • CMM Programming and CMM Program Validation
Machine Maintenance
  • Scheduled Service Contracts
  • One-off Service for Maintenance or Breakdowns
  • Machine Spares
  • Machine Calibration
  • Measure Equipment Calibration

Product forming machines

Commodities

Chip Forming
  • Boring/Drilling
  • Turning
  • Broaching
  • Machine Center (milling)
  • Gear Cutting (shapers, hobs)
  • Grinding
  • Coolant Systems (chillers, chip conveyors, filtration)
Chipless
  • Water Cutting
  • Laser
  • EDM/ECM
  • Dot Matrix/Engravers
Metal Forming
  • Presses
  • Casting Equipment
  • Pipe Bending
  • Guillotines
  • Punches
  • SMD

Product processing machines

Commodities

Inspection
  • CMM
  • Vision Systems
  • X-Ray Equipment
  • NDT
  • Electronic
  • Gear Checkers
  • Boroscope
  • Hardness Checking
Balancing
  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Spin Pit
Metal Finishing
  • Abrasive/Shot Peen
  • Polishing
  • Vibratory
  • Slurry Machine
  • De-Burr
Metal Joining
  • Welding
  • Friction Bonding
  • Riveting
Process Lines
  • Chemical / Plating
  • Coating
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Spraying / Plating
Automation Systems
  • Robotics
  • Transfer Lines
Heat Treatment
  • Furnaces
  • Quenching
  • Chillers
  • Plasma Furnaces
  • Brazing
  • Ovens

IT

Commodities

IT Applications – Software License and Maintenance
  • Customer and Services
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • ERP & Business Support
  • Business Planning
  • System Software
IT Applications – Application Services
  • Application Implementation
  • Application Support
  • Engine Service IT (OSYS)
IT Infrastructure – Hardware
  • Mainframe
  • UNIX & HPC Servers
  • Wintel Servers
  • Storage Servers
  • Desktops / Laptops
  • Printers / MFDs
IT Infrastructure – Infrastructure Service
  • Mainframe Services
  • UNIX & HPC Services
  • Wintel Services
  • Storage Services
  • Desktop / Laptop Services
  • Printer / MFD Services
IT Communication – Data
  • Wide Area Network
  • Local Area Network
  • Internet Access Gateways
  • Remote Access
IT Communication – Voice
  • Carrier/Public Switched Telephone Network
  • Private Branch Exchange (PBX)
IT Communication – Mobile Communication
  • Mobile Voice & Data
IT Communication – Conferencing
  • Tele Conference
  • Video Conference
  • Web Conference
Service Management – Service Desk/Help DeskService Management – Service IntegrationService Management – Programme IntegrationService Management – IT Consulting

 

Travel

Commodities

Travel
  • Airlines
  • Hotels
  • Car & Van Rental
  • Travel Agency
  • Ferry
  • Rail
  • Chauffeur, Taxis, Buses
  • Meetings & Events Services

Corporate services

Commodities

Marketing Services
  • Exhibitions
  • Corporate Branding
  • Visual Communications
  • Public Relations Advertising
  • Sponsorships
HR Services
  • Employee Mobility
  • Career Transition
  • Vehicle Leasing
  • Employee Benefits
  • Memberships & Subscriptions
  • Occupational Health
  • Corporate HR
Business Services
  • Business Consultancy
  • Legal Services
  • Auditors for Certifications
  • Translation Services
Financial Services
  • Credit Cards
  • Banking
  • Audit Fees
  • Taxes
  • Supplier Intelligence
  • Insurance
Employee Learning & Development Services
  • Training
  • Further Education

Logistics services

Commodities

Road Transport

International Freight Forwarding by Air or Sea Packaging

  • Reusable Packaging, including supplier kit boxes
  • Packaging Labor Service
  • Design/make of parts boxes
  • Packaging Materials (cardboard, bubblewrap, kit boxes)
Warehousing
  • Inbound
  • Outbound
  • Taxes
Small Packages Shipping
  • Courier Services
  • Express Shipping
Project ShippingIn Factory Logistics
  • Workflow Management
  • Factory Containerisation 

Construction services

Commodities

Building Maintenance
  • Infrastructure Maintenance
  • Maintenance Hardware
  • Subcontracted maintenance and repair
  • Infrastructure Equipment
  • Intermediate Projects
New Building Construction
  • Construction Professional Services
  • Test Facility Build

Demolition


 

Facilities management

Commodities

Services
  • Catering and Vending Services and Equipment

  • Security Services and Equipment

  • Emergency Services and Equipment

  • Cleaning, Gardening and Grounds Support

  • Document Services

  • Stores Management

  • Materials Handling

  • Mailrooms

  • HS&E Services

  • Laundered Workwear, Rugs & Towels

Disposal

  • Waste Management and Recycling

  • Scrap Disposal

  • Specialist Disposal and Hazard Disposal

  • Asset Disposal

Rental

  • Property

  • Plant Equipment

  • Temporary Facilities

Utilities

  • Natural Gas

  • Coal

  • Electricity

  • Water

  • Methane

  • Alternative Energy

  • Heating Oil

Facilities Consumables

  • Fuel

  • Office Supplies

  • Office Furniture

  • Purchased Workwear (uniforms)

  • Janitorial Supplies & Equipment

  • Shopfloor Equipment

 

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