Pratt & Whitney unveils intelligent factory strategy
The use of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), robotic, automation and additive manufacturing technologies will further enhance the level of operational effectiveness and insights across Pratt & Whitney’s Asia Pacific facilities.
March 17, 2020
By PLA Editor
Pratt & Whitney continues to introduce world-leading intuitive Industry 4.0 technologies – and drive innovation by developing new techniques and processes from Singapore for the global market – across manufacturing and aftermarket operations as part of its Intelligent Factory strategy. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTX).
Pratt & Whitney’s Intelligent Factory strategy steps up from the Connected Factory pilot program launched last year. The use of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), robotic, automation and additive manufacturing technologies – underpinned by site-level and business-wide data analytics – will further enhance the level of operational effectiveness and insights across Pratt & Whitney’s Asia Pacific facilities in the next phase of its digital transformation.
Game-changing innovations developed from Singapore
Its blade and vane repair specialist, Turbine Overhaul Services, developed the first fully automated ultrasonic measurement system in Pratt and Whitney’s global operations from Singapore. It introduced an advanced robotic inspection of airfoil wall thickness to produce fast and reliable inspections, helping to free up inspector hours to perform more critical visual inspection tasks.
The industry’s first powder titanium turbine blades with titanium powder cladding using automated fiber optic has also been introduced by Turbine Overhaul Services. While laser cladding is a known technology in the aerospace sector, this newly developed process for the industry can adjust to incoming repair blades variation to enable predictable and dimensionally consistent build up that helps downstream process automation. This allows zero welding rework during repair, replacing the hot process of welding with a cool laser cladding process.