Friday, November 14, 2014

336412 Productivity in Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing - Industrial Engineering and Lean Transformation

GE Aviation’s newest facility in Lafayette, Indiana, will open in 2015. The 225,000-square-foot facility will assemble the new LEAP engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. With the capacity to perform final assembly of the engine and the engine’s core, the Lafayette facility will receive components from GE’s network of more than 80 facilities around the world and more than 1,500 domestic suppliers.

A facility of the future
The Lafayette facility will incorporate the latest technologies and innovations in engineering and workflow processes to enhance efficiency and productivity. By optimizing the way work is completed and by introducing new methods of manufacturing, we are making the future of engineering a reality today.
Automated vision
inspection systems
Integrated photo inspection systems to verify assembly quality
Integrated statistical
process control
Automated digital feedback to minimize process variation
Optimized assembly
Integration of LEAN flow and digital collaboration to maximize shop efficiency
Advanced torque
High-precision, specialized torque systems to ensure product reliability
High-tech rotor stacking
Patented predictive assembly process to improve engine performance

GE Aviation Bromont in Bromont, Que., is now  the most productive plant in the GE Aviation supply chain.

In 1989 it was a totally manual operation making 800,000 aircraft engine parts per year. Now it is  a highly automated advanced manufacturing and finishing plant producing almost three million parts per year — the most productive plant in the GE Aviation supply chain.

Pratt & Whitney assembly-floor transformation project
MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Pratt & Whitney completed the first phase of an assembly-floor transformation project at its Middletown, Conn., facility that prepares the Engine Center to produce its portion of PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines for the Airbus A320neo and increases production capacity for the F135 engine powering the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. military.
This achievement was truly a team effort and signifies our ongoing investment to meeting our customer commitments by delivering game-changing engine technology within a lean manufacturing operation."

Kennametal’s ToolBOSS® Management System.

Woodward’s Aircraft Engine Systems division in Rockford, Ill., develops and manufactures integrated turbine engine control and combustion systems, including fuel, combustion and electrical systems, as well as heat-management components. Their systems are used in high-thrust military engines such as the F135 and F136 that power the Joint Strike Fighter, and used in the GE turbine engines for the Black Hawk and Apache military helicopters. Among their commercial applications, Woodward systems are found in the GEnx™ engines that power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8, and in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 family of engines for the revolutionary Eclipse 500 and Cessna Mustang VLJs (Very Light Jet) that recently entered the marketplace.

Cesar recommended that Woodward consider converting from the vending machines to Kennametal’s ToolBOSS® Management System. The ToolBOSS system integrates with a company’s supply-chain service to cut tooling inventory, decrease spending on tooling, reduce administrative costs, and gain continuous improvements by gathering and analyzing tool usage data.

Process Improvements in Pratt and Whitney's Deficiency Report Investigation Process

An Exploration of Supply Chain Management Practices in the Aerospace Industry and in Rolls-Royce
Mohit Tiwari
Submitted to the Engineering Systems Division on May 6, 2005 in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of Master of Engineering in Logistics

Jet Engine manufacturing in New England

The Transition to Lean Manufacturing in Lynn Engine Assembly Operation GE Aircraft Engines

Engine production systems in aircraft industry

The Lean Transformation in Pratt and Whitney


Pratt and Whitney
GE Aircraft Engine Division
Rolls Royce

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