Innovation Cooperative

Customer Based Innovation

Collaboration in a structured environment establishes a framework for innovation. Curtiss-Wright’s Innovation Cooperative focuses on Safety, Reliability, and Operational Excellence in power generating facilities. Innovation initiatives often stall or struggle to get traction. The Curtiss-Wright Innovation Cooperative utilizes lean methodology to discover new products and services by witnessing and analyzing existing work processes. We leverage rapid prototyping principles to accelerate the problem solving process and identify effective solutions. Innovation Cooperatives typically result in multiple innovations that can be quickly developed and implemented.

An Innovation Cooperative is an agreement wherein Curtiss-Wright Innovation members meet with key stakeholders to discuss specific aspects of plant operations that may be “pinch points” (i.e., areas of difficulty or barriers to performance or optimization). Innovation Cooperative meetings involve stakeholders across a number of disciplines including reactor services, maintenance, engineering, IT, and radiation protection (RP).

Innovation can enhance productivity and efficiency. Expand the tabs below to learn about Curtiss-Wright innovations in the following plant performance areas:

Condition Based Maintenance

Condition based maintenance involves monitoring equipment conditions and asset health for early detection of problems or potential issues. This approach allows plants to implement optimized, predictive maintenance scheduling for efficient use of resources and reduced downtime.
  • Preventive maintenance optimization
  • Predictive based monitoring and analytics
  • Reduction or elimination of plant walk downs
  • Automated tracking, trending, and reporting of plant data

Sensing, Monitoring, and Control

Accurate, readily accessible data is critical for effective decision management and achievement of plant performance outcomes.
  • Data integration
  • Wireless sensing
  • Advanced anomaly detection
  • Information display and analysis
  • Reduction or elimination of plant walk downs

Asset Management and Optimization

Effective asset management involves multiple resources working together to compile accurate information in real time for optimized maintenance and life-cycle outcomes.
  • Supply chain cost savings
  • Knowledge base retention
  • Improved reactivity management
  • Inventory control and optimization
  • Reduction or elimination of plant walk downs

Outage and Inspections

Also known as planned maintenance and refueling, plant outages enable plants to make critical adjustments and take appropriate actions to sustain uptime. Improved tooling, equipment, and inspection techniques support safe execution of planned maintenance to achieve critical path outcomes.
  • Task efficiency
  • Critical path reduction
  • Improved personnel safety
  • Reduction in radiation exposure
  • Simplified or eliminated inspections

Equipment Design

Advances in manufacturing, digitization, and design collaboration provide flexibility for expanded application and maintenance needs to achieve even broader design performance outcomes.
  • Improved personnel safety
  • Maintenance and reliability
  • Reduction in radiation exposure
  • Application of emerging digital technologies